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Icelandic Myth And Saga

Mary Ward Centre
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1 week
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Course description

Icelandic Myth And Saga

Warriors or poets? Christians or Pagans? Who were the medieval Icelanders who gave us the tales of Viking sagas and such unruly gods as Odin, Thor, and Loki? In this course we will explore the early literature of Iceland and uncover a world of violence and tenderness, cunning and stupidity, capricious gods and formidable women, preposterous tales and rich poetry.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in the tales and myths of northern Europe. No prior knowledge required.

Training Course Content

This course focuses on the stories of the Viking age: both fantastical mythical tales, and historically-grounded sagas. Students will be given some essential historical information to enhance their understanding of, and pleasure in reading, these marvellous stories. We will read myths of the world's creation, and the unique cosmology of the nine realms; of the exploits of such gods as Odin the All-father, Thor the thunderer, and the trickster Loki; and of the apocalyptic battle of Ragnark. We will also discover the broad cast of characters in Icelandic saga, from the warrior-poet Egil, unwanted berserkers, and irritating ghosts, to the beardless lawyer Njal, and the matriarchal figure of Gudrun.

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Mary Ward Centre

Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From...

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42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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