lunes, 29 de septiembre de 2014

The Book of the Sagas (1913)

Alice S. Hoffman
Illustrated by Gordon Browne
London 1913

The Story of Odin and the Gods
The Story of the Adventures of Thor
The Story of Baldur 
The Story of Frey and Gerda 
The Story of the Goddess Iduna 
Of the Punishment That Fell On Loki 
The Story of Harald Hairfair 
The Story of King Olaf Tryggvison 
The Story of Harald the Hardredy 
The Song of the Mill 
The Story of Volund 
Stories of Iceland Folk 
The Story of the Volsungs

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jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014

APP: The Vikings – The Treasure Quiz

Con motivo de la exposición sobre vikingos en Berlin, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, la productora del documental Mujeres Vikingas, ha lanzado una app para dispositivos IOS y Android con la que demostrar los conocimientos (y, de paso, aprender) sobre este pueblo.

Este vídeo muestra la presentación en Berlín, aprovechando la llegada del barco Sea Stallion from Glendalough.

Impressions from the Sea Stallion from Glendalough taking Berlin as kick-off of the exhibition THE VIKINGS at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin & our APP THE VIKINGS - THE TREASURE QUIZ

CAMERA: Valentin Selmke


The Vikings – The Treasure Quiz (App)

An App by gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
In Collaboration with the Museum of Prehistory and Early History Berlin

“Hey, you, Viking! Your village was plundered last night, and all its treasure taken! Embark on a quest to find 18 precious objects and restore honour to your village! But first you have to show what you know about the vikings.”

The Viking app takes the user on an exciting journey into the Viking’s culture. The app is an interactive quiz for mobile devices that guides the user through the exhibition "The Vikings“. By answering questions he gets to know the highlights of the exhibition in a playful way. The app is not only an experience inside the museum but can also be played at home.

Key to the app is the treasure that has been stolen from the user’s village. It includes the most outstanding objects of the exhibition: Golden cloak pins, iceskating blades made of bone, magnificent swords, glass beads, mysterious runes and much more. The user needs to find and collect the objects. But first he needs to answer questions about the objects and Viking culture. To find hints he is asked to go to the corresponding room in the exhibition. Whenever he gets a question right, he regains an object. The goal is to find all the treasure objects and restore honour to his village. The app motivates viking-fans to wander through the exhibition and experience it in a new way while playing. Additionally, the user can share his high-score with his friends and win his own Viking treasure by entering a sweepstake.

The app also links to our two-part drama documentary “Viking Women” and to the online Serious Game “ISUNGUR – Save your Viking Village”.

domingo, 14 de septiembre de 2014

Naglfar y Skidbladnir: los barcos de la mitología nórdica


Naglfar: el barco de las uñas

En la mitología nórdica, Naglfar era una nave hecha enteramente de las uñas de los muertos.
Durante el Ragnarök, Naglfar será liberado de la tierra por una inundación y navegará hacia Vagrid, el campo de batalla, con Hymir junto a su ejército de Jotuns. El barco llevará a las hordas del caos contra los dioses en la última guerra en el fin del tiempo, antes que un nuevo mundo emerja del mar.

El nombre de la nave significa "barco de uñas", pero Snorri en la Edda prosaica provee una etimología folclórica de "transbordador de uñas", exhortando que ningún muerto fuera enterrado con las uñas sin cortar. Se le menciona en ambas Edda.


Skidbladnir: el fabuloso barco de Frey

En la mitología escandinava, Skíðblaðnir es el barco de Frey. Fue hecho por Dvalin, Brok y Eitri, todos enanos hijos de Ivaldi. Originalmente pertenecía a Loki, pero este se lo dio a Frey en modo de disculpa por el robo del cabello rubio de Sif. La nave era bastante grande para soportar a la gran multitud de Asgard, y siempre que las velas eran alzadas, un buen viento lo seguía. Podía viajar por mar y tierra. Según la saga de los Ynglings, Skíðblaðnir estaba hecho de tantas piezas y con tal ingenio que podía ser doblado como una servilleta y llevado dentro de una bolsa. Hay referencias de este barco en ambas Edda, en el Heimskringla y en el Grímnismál.

Fuente: Wikipedia

miércoles, 10 de septiembre de 2014

Vesturland, Iceland, Sagaland

West Iceland, the Sagaland

© Skarphéðinn Þráinsson

Vesturland / West Iceland: The Sagaland

In West Iceland history becomes vivid with every step, whether on account of the Sagas, folklore or just tales of men and the matters of men, the scenes of these stories are everywhere. Most of the Icelandic Sagas were written in West Iceland, such as Egils Saga, Sturlunga, Laxdaela and Eyrbyggja, hence the name West Iceland - The Sagaland.

En el oeste de Islandia la historia se vuelve viva con cada paso, ya sea a causa de las Sagas, el folclore o simplemente los cuentos y los asuntos de los hombres, las escenas de estas historias están en todas partes. La mayoría de las Sagas islandesas fueron escritas en el oeste de Islandia, tales como Egils Saga, Sturlunga, Laxdæla y Eyrbyggja, de ahí el sobrenombre de Vesturland - La Tierra de las Sagas.

    In recent years, more stress has been put on developing the Saga heritage of the área.
    Reykholt in Borgarfjordur is one of the most important historical sites of the country, not least on account of the cultural objects connected to the residence of Snorri Sturluson during 1206-1241. Very important old relics dating from Snorri‘s time have been found, such as a hot-spring bath, tunnel, farm ruins and steam and hot-water aqueducts. Snorrastofa in Reykholt is a culture and medieval centre founded in memory of Snorri Sturluson. The institution is meant to carry out and promote research, and the introduction of medieval studies and the history of Reykholt and Borgarfjörður in particular. Snorrastofa is responsible for organising courses, conferences and meetings, as well as exhibitions linked to these subject matters. Snorrastofa charges entry fees to exhibitions, runs a souvenir shop and provides various services to tourists. 

    The Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes reveals Egils Saga and the Settlement Saga in an entertaining and simple way by leading the visitor through a kind of labyrinth into the adventure world of the sagas by way of audio guides in nine different languages besides Icelandic, and a special audio channel for children. A complete circuit of each exhibition takes about 30 minutes. The exhibition describes one of the most colourful of all the saga characters, Egill the son of Skalla-Grimur Egil‘s father Skalla-Grimur Kveldulfsson was one of the first settlers in Iceland, arriving a decade later than the first settler Ingolfur Arnarson. The saga of Egill provides the best and most accurate description of how one family went about settling in Iceland. Egill was a great poet but also a viking and ribald abroad. The story intertwines battles and love affairs, sorcery and pagan lore. The Settlement exhibition portrays the first men who set foot in Iceland and how the country was settled up until the Althingi parliament was founded in the year 930. It shows how Nordic men were able to find their way over the open sea, why they left their homeland and what lay in wait for the first settlers. By using the modern technology of multi-media and theatre an attempt is made to give the visitor a sense of how it must have been to set foot in unsettled territory. 
    Eiriksstadir in Haukadalur is a living museum and a conjectural reconstruction of old ruins. According to old Icelandic tales Eirik the Red lived at Eiriksstadir in Haukadalur where he married Thjodhildur, Eirik the Red founded the first settlement in Greenland, having been outlawed from Iceland, and his son, Leif the Lucky who was born in Eiriksstadir, became the first European to explore the New World, the land now known as America. History comes to life at Eiriksstadir where guides dressed in Viking Age costume provide visitors with information about its history and show old crafts and objects. The museum has good facilities, such as rest rooms and disabled access to the ruins. 

    Eyrbyggja – Storytelling Centre in Grundarfjordur has taken part in various projects connected to the art of storytelling. Courses in storytelling have mainly focused on reprocessing folk tales and restoring the storytelling tradition.

    jueves, 4 de septiembre de 2014


    Heimskringla es una crónica de los primeros reyes noruegos (época pre y post vikinga) escrita por el islandés Snorri Sturluson alrededor del 1225. El nombre se debe a que la segunda página (la primera está perdida) comienza con "Kringla jeimsins", o sea "el círculo del mundo".

    Está compuesto por 16 historias (el origen de los Ynglingos y 15 sagas de reyes):

    1. Saga Ynglinga, saga de la dinastía de los Ynglingos
    2. Hálfdanar saga svarta, saga de Halfdan Svarte (el Negro)
    3. Haralds saga ins hárfagra, saga de Harald Hårfagre (muerto ca. 931)
    4. Hákonar saga góða, saga de Hakon el Bueno (muerto ca. 961)
    5. Haralds saga gráfeldar, saga del rey Harald Grafeld (muerto ca. 969)
    6. Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar, saga del rey Olaf Tryggvason (muerto en 1000)
    7. Óláfs saga helga, saga de Olaf Haraldson (muerto en 1030)
    8. Magnúss saga góða, saga de Magnus el Bueno (muerto en 1047)
    9. Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar, saga de Harald Hardrade (muerto en 1066)
    10. Óláfs saga kyrra, saga de Olaf Kyrre (muerto en 1093)
    11. Magnúss saga berfœtts, saga de Magnus el Descalzo (muerto en 1103)
    12. Magnússona saga (Sigurðar saga jórsalafara, Eysteins ok Ólafs), saga de los hijos de Magnús: Sigurd el Cruzado (muerto en 1130) y sus hermanos
    13. Magnúss saga blinda ok Haralds gilla, saga de Magnus el Ciego (destronado en 1135)
    14. Haraldssona saga, saga de los hijos de Harald: Sigurd (muerto en 1155), Eystein (muerto en 1157) e Inge (muerto en1161)
    15. Hákonar saga herðibreiðs, saga de Hakon Herdebreid (muerto en 1162)
    16. Magnúss saga Erlingssonar, saga de Magnus Erlingson (muerto en 1184)

    Edición electrónica en inglés

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