Featuring award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown in a Saga-Sites-related book talk
Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
Book Talk with Nancy Marie Brown
Monday, December 3, 6:30 pm
Free - seating is first come, first served
Join award-winning author and 1988 ASF Icelandic Literature Fellow Nancy Marie Brown in the 3rd Floor Galleries of Scandinavia House for a book talk about her latest, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths, which brings to life the intrigue and power struggles at the court of medieval Reykjavík that 13th-century Icelandic chieftain and bard Snorri Sturluson inhabited. Drawing on her deep knowledge of Icelandic history and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown produces a richly textured narrative of a world that continues to fascinate.
Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from J.R.R. Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding, and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, collecting and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world-a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it.
About Nancy Marie Brown
Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including The Abacus and the Cross and The Far Traveler. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine Research/Penn State, Brown lives in Vermont. Her blog is nancymariebrown.blogspot.com.
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