Bobby Fischer was a chess phenomenon, likely to most famous player to ever play the game. He wound up a fugitive who ended his life as an Icelandic citizen. This episode tells the story of Bobby Fischer in Iceland.
Where everyone …. lives happily ever after?
This is the third episode based on The Saga of the Völsungs, the last part of the story. We follow Guðrún and her relationship with Atli (aka Attila the Hun). There is a bit of tragedy. A lot of violence and a horrific scene which is not meant for children (even though children are involved).
It is said that tales of dragons and dragon slayers are universal. That is not quite true. This is a story that has been retold in numerous ways. This isn’t the “original” but it is one of the oldest we know.
Lokasenna is one of the most controversial of the Eddic poems. It is also funny and naughty. There are two versions in the feed, one with the naughtiest bits removed and this one that has everything.
Lokasenna is one of the most controversial of the Eddic poems. It is also funny and naughty. There are two versions in the feed, this one has the naughtiest bits removed, the other includes them all.
The English Dane by Sarah Bakewell was my main source for Jörgensen’s later life in Tasmania.
A Spotify link to the album Eitt sumar á landinu bláa, from the musical about Jörgensen, performed by the band Þrjú á palli.
An online version of the book Journal of a tour in Iceland in the summer of 1809 by William Jackson Hooker.
Scottish Plans for the Annexation of Iceland by Anna Agnarsdóttir (pdf).
An article in Icelandic by Bragi Þorgrímur Ólafsson on the changing perception of Jörgensen in Iceland through time.
An Icelandic book that includes much of the original source material: Sjálfstæði Íslands 1809.
A thesis project, in Icelandic, outlining a pitch for a television series about Guðrún Einarsdóttir Johnsen.
You can find articles by dr. Arngrímur in these books:
Icelandic Food and Cookery by Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir (mentioned in the episode) is a great source of information and Icelandic cuisine.
In Vopnafjörður there is a farm called Bustarfell which has long history and is connected to many stories.
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