In this episode, we dive way down deep into the bag of Sagas of Icelanders to pull out a story that is rarely discussed or even read by experts much less casual fans of medieval Icelandic literature. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad saga, even if it’s a little rough around the narrative edges. This one’s got a lot of the fan favorites, including wrestling, surprise killings, a secret love affair, storms at sea, trolls, and a bear who understands Old Norse! Join us as we begin our journey through The Saga of Gunnar the Fool of Keldugnup (Gunnars saga Keldugnúpsfífls).
As you can see from the illustration by Jacob Foust (aka skarphedin_illustrator), Gunnar is a real charmer!
Intro Music – “Prelude and Action” by Kevin MacLeod
Outro Music – “Stormfront” by Kevin MacLeod
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Re: “Bloody nose”.
Although it sounds relatively mild, the phrase “snýta rauðu” (give a bloody nose) is actually a standard tough-guy threat, at least in modern Icelandic, akin to “rearrange his face” or “knock his teeth in”.
So its actually rather quippy.
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