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A podcast about the history, culture and folklore of Iceland.

A podcast about the history, culture and folklore of Iceland.
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Iceland

Description:

A podcast about the history, culture and folklore of Iceland.

Language:

English

Contact:

+3546916938


Episodes

The Berserker of Butter-Hill

9/8/2019
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My great great grandfather was a simple and poor man who tried to do his duty while facing overwhelming odds.

Duration:00:19:46

Sledgehammer Judgements from an English Poet

8/2/2019
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In 1936 the British poets W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice traveled around Iceland and wrote this rather odd book. In this episode I talk about their impressions of Iceland and Icelanders and shed a little light on how the people of Iceland view their writings.

Duration:00:32:12

Let's Talk About Elves, Baby

7/7/2019
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Just to start with, that is not a house for elves. It is just a model house. This episode was inspired by a "fact" from the British panel show QI. Here I talk about believe in the elves in Iceland, misconceptions about those beliefs and I also tell two folk tales about the origin of the elves.

Duration:00:15:52

Goldie Locks and Beardie

5/20/2019
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The tale of Goldie and Beardie is about the early settlement and Christianization of Iceland.

Duration:00:25:59

The Tourism Boom in Post-Crash Iceland

4/21/2019
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After the Crash of 2008, Iceland began to rely heavily on tourism.

Duration:00:15:57

Iceland's Only Serial Killer

2/28/2019
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In 1596 Björn Pétursson was executed for murder. In the following centuries a legend formed, mixing folklore and fact. This is the story of Iceland's only serial killer.

Duration:00:25:18

The Smartest People In The World

2/14/2019
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In a short episode, Óli triest to answer a question from a supporter. What do Icelanders think of Leifur Eiríksson and his discovery of Iceland in the year 1000.

Duration:00:08:15

A Mazing Tale

2/2/2019
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The Banking Crisis of 2008-2009 is usually called "The Crash" in Iceland. Every Icelander was touched and this is my story.

Duration:00:24:12

Queen of Elves

12/24/2018
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According to folklore, the Icelandic elves were always dangerous but Yuletide was an especially dangerous period when the veil between worlds became thin.

Duration:00:21:46

The Hornless Cow and The Carl's Son

12/9/2018
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Búkolla is one of the most famous Iceland folk-tales. It is reimagined almost every year in books, songs and art. In this episode you will hear the story and get a little context as well.

Duration:00:15:54

Whose People Are You?

9/19/2018
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Icelanders are obsessed with genealogy. In this episode this gets traced back a thousand years. The connection we have to the settlers, foreign royalty and what the records don't say.

Duration:00:23:54

Gable Mountain Farm

7/15/2018
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In Vopnafjörður there is a farm called Bustarfell which has long history and is connected to many stories.

Duration:00:30:29

Where is Haukur?

6/23/2018
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The story of Haukur Hilmarsson, an Icelandic activist who tried to save Icelandic nature, asylums seekers and the Kurdish people.

Duration:00:28:02

The Icelandic Sport Saga

6/16/2018
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As the Icelandic men's football team starts its first game ever at the World Cup it is fitting to look back in time at the sports of Iceland, from the sagas to the vikingclap.

Duration:00:18:19

Special Video Episode (Free)

6/8/2018
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A special free video episode on www.patreon.com/storiesoficeland

Duration:00:01:36

Ragnar Furry Pants and the Sagas

5/25/2018
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Ragnar Loðbrók (furry pants) is one of the most famous heroes of Icelandic literature. Today he is more famous as the lead character of the television series Vikings but here is the original story.

Duration:00:24:28

The Deacon of Dark-River (Folktale Special)

4/23/2018
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A episode devoted to the folktale The Deacon of Dark-River - including a reading of the tale.

Duration:00:14:51

What's in an Icelandic Name

3/17/2018
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The patronymic naming system used in Iceland is rather perplexing and we have unusual laws dealing with both first names and last names.

Duration:00:20:30

Hear, Smith of Heavens

2/10/2018
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An old poem serves as an introduction to the most violent age of Icelandic history.

Duration:00:22:29

Yule - Not Christmas

12/20/2017
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Iceland has thirteen Yule-Lads, a cat which eats children, strange songs and a long colorful history of celebrating Jól.

Duration:00:30:57