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Discover what Vikings did when they were at home in this fun medieval history and literature podcast about the Icelandic sagas. Hosted by two medieval literature professors with beards.

Episode 20k - Njal’s Saga (Part 11)

March 19, 2017

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The epic journey through Njal's Saga finally comes to an end.  In this episode, we follow Kari Solmundarson on his quest to avenge the deaths of everyone he was forced to leave behind in the burning house.  His targets are Flosi and the Burners.  With so many against him, the odds aren't in his favor.  But Kari is known throughout Iceland for his unmatched bravery and fearlessness.  His pursuit of the burners carries him from Iceland to the British Isles and then on to Rome.  Along the way, we'll take a brief detour to Ireland for a glimpse at the historic Battle of Clontarf.  Though this may be the end for our little summer saga, there's plenty here for everyone to enjoy.  In addition to the revenge, the battles, and the blood, you'll want to keep listening for the world's strangest mathematics word problem and a brief discussion on Entish naming practices.  Enjoy!

Promised References from this episode:

The Icelandic Saga Map

The Irish History Podcast - Episode 11: Brian Boru, The Battle of Clontarf, and the Aftermath

William Ian Miller's Why Is Your Axe Bloody?

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Music Credits:

Intro Music "Prelude and Action" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Previous Episode Review - "Whispering" by Paul Whiteman

Episode Summary - "Satiate - Percussion" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Hrafn's Clontarf Report Poem - "Teller of Tales" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Outro Music - "Stormfront" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Selections from music by Kevin MacLeod licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/