We’ve arrived in Iceland for Iceland Airwaves, where we’ll cover the festival and cultural stories! Follow our adventures live beginning Nov. 4 right here on our blog and our main class page where we’ll be reviewing shows each night, producing audio stories and more. Check out a story from our preview show, which aired on WCRX.
In America, we all have an image that comes to mind when we think of Thor. But we aren’t as familiar of where the heroic character comes from. Icelandic sagas were originally created between the 13th and 14th century. The word saga, originating from Old Norse, means a prose narrative that is either told orally or written. Many of the original medieval sagas were about legendary heroes as well as historical events that were going on at the time. Icelandic sagas are extremely well known pieces of literature, weaving non-fiction and fantasy. Speaking with Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, an award winning Icelandic writer and Jón Karl Helgason, a professor at The University of Iceland, it becomes clear how modern saga really is.