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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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New Resources for Non-Academics

In the past few weeks there have been two announcements of exciting resources aimed at non-academics. The first is the London Anglo-Saxon Symposium (March 8, 2013) hosted by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. The day-long … Continue reading

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When Earthly Beauty is Beautiful

It is all too common to hear dogmatic medieval Christian writers talking about the falseness of earthly goods, the inferiority of earthly beauty, etc. etc. True beauty is with God and in the afterlife – nothing else is worthy of … 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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