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Old Norse-Icelandic Literature

A page from Flateyjarbók, a 14th-century Icelandic manuscript

with Dr Heather O’Donoghue
(University of Oxford)

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 10th March, 2012.

An introduction to the unique literature of early medieval Iceland and Norway: the sagas, the mythological and heroic poetry, and verse of the Viking Age.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 What is Old Norse-Icelandic Literature?  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Icelandic Saga  
  12.45 Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)  
  14:00 Mythological and Heroic Poetry in Iceland  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Viking Age Verse  
  c.16:20 Close  

About Dr Heather O’Donoghue

Heather O’Donoghue is Vigfusson Rausing Reader in Old Norse-Icelandic literature at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College. Her primary field of research is Old Norse-Icelandic literature, that is, the poetry and prose of medieval Iceland and Norway. Recent publications include Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: a short introduction (Blackwell 2004); Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative (Oxford University Press 2005) and From Asgard to Valhalla (IB Tauris 2007); and a number of articles on the influence of Old Norse myth on poets including William Blake, Hugh MacDiarmid, W.H.Auden, and Seamus Heaney.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

O’Donoghue, Heather, Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (Blackwell, 2004)
Turville-Petre, E.O.G, Scaldic poetry (Oxford, 1976)
Larrington, Carolyne, The Poetic Edda (Oxford World’s Classics, 1996) – or:
Orchard, Andy, The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lore (Penguin Classics, 2011)
Faulkes, Anthony (trans.), Snorri Sturluson: Edda (Everyman Classics, 1987)
Smiley, Jane, & Robert Kellogg, The Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin Classics, 2005)
Robert Cook (trans.), Njal’s Saga (Penguin Classics, 2001)
Page, R.I., Chronicles of the Vikings (British Museum Press, 1995)


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