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About nenna

if i was a bird i'd be a magpie

Æthelstan, Alfred or Bob: royal baby names that Willz n Kate should totes consider

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist  –  it seems that baby banter has royally exploded all over my facebook wall today, and even in rainy Reykjavík I can’t escape the hype seizing the thousands of Brits desperately clasping their union jack … Continue reading

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Giants and Dwarves Wear the Great Woolly Jumper of Interdisciplinary Make-Over

Interpreting Eddic Poetry Workshop 4th – 6th July,  St. John’s College Oxford It turns out that Norse-themed conferences offer amazing free sandwiches. Pesto and goats’ cheese nestled themselves snuggly between the bready layers of wholegrain goodness, whilst the falafel rocked … Continue reading

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In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg gets jiggy with the Icelandic Sagas

Melvyn Bragg had done his homework. He is terrifying, yes, but he certainly knows his parchment from his paper, his saga from his settler and his author from his oral tradition. I am of course talking about BBC 4’s In Our … Continue reading

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The V-Word: a ‘Valkyrie’ figurine found in Denmark

Everyone is pretty quick to jump on the bandwagon and call the awesome new find in Denmark a ‘valkyrie’. I’ll admit, this stunning little 3D figurine of a woman with some sort of dagger and shield is fantastic, and it … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, and Please Don’t Be Eaten

Last week I paid a visit to Viking-central Hafnafjörður, about ten minutes outside of Reykjavík, to experience the delights of the town’s Christmas Market (Jólaþorpið) and join in the festive spirit. Yet the well-known, jolly-red Santa Claus with white beard … Continue reading

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Review: 15th International Saga Conference (5-11th August 2012, University of Aarhus)

If I remember correctly, Þórr did not wear tight spandex and dance about on stage waving his hammer.* The Norse mythological cosmos was not made up of different dimensional ‘bubbles’, and saga scholars were chained to their desks in dusty … Continue reading

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Review: Elizabeth Boyle, ‘Closing the Book on Celtic’.

Having donned a ridiculously fluffy hood and finally graduated from Cambridge, I thought I had escaped the clutches of ASNaC (a friendly acronym for my degree in ‘Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic’) for good. Less than three weeks after strolling down … Continue reading

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