Hear Select Chapters Of Icelandic Sagas, In English, For Free - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hear Select Chapters Of Icelandic Sagas, In English, For Free

Published April 23, 2019

Andie Fontaine
Main photo by
Haukurth/Wikimedia Commons

If you ever wanted to hear a dramatic reading of the Icelandic Sagas, done by people who still honour the Norse gods, your time has arrived.

At 19:00 tomorrow at Hlemmur Square, an event will be held where history comes to life. Members of the Ásatrú Society—a religious organisation in Iceland that still worships the Norse gods—will read select chapters from the Icelandic Sagas, with a particular focus on the Settlement period.

This event will be held in English, and is free of charge.

The Ásatrú Society not only counts over 4,000 members in its ranks (no small feat in a country of about 330,000); they are also growing fast, having quadrupled their numbers in the past decade alone. The group is also expressly anti-racist, the distinction having to be made due to the rise of fascists in Europe incorporating Viking Age symbolism and imagery.

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