In this episode, Thormod Kolbrun’s-Poet sets out to avenge his sworn brother Thorgeir. But Thormod’s in no hurry. First, he stops in Norway to bond with King Olaf. Then he travels to Greenland with a mysterious man called Gest to track down Thorgrim the Troll, one of Thorgeir’s killers. Along the way, Thormod gets distracted by an attractive woman and things get a little messy. Eventually things get back on track and Thormod gets down to business in a most fantastic way.
This one may start a little slow but it finishes really strong with a dramatic fight on a cliff and one of the more hilarious poems we’ve seen since Egil’s Saga. You won’t want to miss it.
For the runesack, we share a comment about angelica (wild celery) and its role in the life of King Olaf Tryggvason (not the same King Olaf from The Saga of the Sworn Brothers). We also respond to a question from Sam about the recent film adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Thanks to @skarphedin_illustrator on Instagram for capturing the final scene of this episode so brilliantly for us. This one was a special request made right after recording and Jacob came through!
Intro Music – “Prelude and Action” by Kevin MacLeod
Review Music – “The Royal Vagabond Medley” by Jocker’s Dance Orchestra
Poetry Music – “Floki’s Last Journey” by Danheim
Outro Music – “Stormfront” by Kevin MacLeod
One thought on “Episode 33e – The Saga of the Sworn Brothers (chapters 18-23)”
Hey John and Andy thank you both for work on and off the podcast. I would love spending time discussing many topics with you, however this one question I had to ask using the very impersonal means via the internet. For nearly a year now I’ve been waiting for your thoughts on the History Channels final season of”Vikings”. I personally found the entire show well done through the lens of a stand-alone, modern “saga” (for television)