STOI007 The Deacon of Dark-River (Folktale Special)

This is a special episode, and a bit shorter than usual, where I read and examine the folktale The Deacon of Dark-River. Continue reading “STOI007 The Deacon of Dark-River (Folktale Special)”

STOI006 What's in an Icelandic Name

Confused about our naming conventions? Listen to this. The patronymic naming system used in Iceland is rather perplexing and we have unusual laws dealing with both first names and last names.

Also, big thanks to André Bernier who interviewed me for his podcast Weatherjazz – episode 79. Continue reading “STOI006 What’s in an Icelandic Name”

STOI005 Hear, Smith of Heavens

The Age of the Sturlungs was the most violent period in Icelandic history.  But it also produced beautiful art. Here I examine the relationship between bishop Guðmundur the Good and the chieftain Kolbeinn Tumason. Continue reading “STOI005 Hear, Smith of Heavens”

STOI004 Yule - Not Christmas

Iceland has thirteen Yule-Lads, a cat which eats children, strange songs and a long colorful history of celebrating Jól.
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STOI003 The Thing About Þings

A word you hear again and again in Iceland is þing but what does it really mean and what is its history? We take a journey through the ages of Iceland to figure it out.

STOI002 Smoke by the Water

This is the story of Reykjavík but also about how Iceland was discovered. Continue reading “STOI002 Smoke by the Water”

STOI001 Troublemaker Valley

Jóhann with staff and fellow patients

In the north of Iceland there is valley called Svarfaðardalur. It has long history, beautiful scenery and great stories. From the ghosts of the Sagas to the impoverished children of the early twentieth centuries. Continue reading “STOI001 Troublemaker Valley”