View on Iceland: Medieval Sagas, Travel and Viking Wrestling

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Once you finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

1. ‘Guide to the classics: the Icelandic saga’ – The Conversation

Australian scholar Margaret Clunies Ross gives an overview of the great literary legacy of the medieval Icelanders – the sagas. Find out obout the origins, styles and literary signifance of Icelandic writing in the early centuries of the country’s history.

Read Guide to the classics: the Icelandic saga, by Margaret Clunies Ross

Photo: Sverrir Vilhelmsson

2. ‘Iceland: Wild and styled under the Northern Lights’ – The Washington Times

If you’re a beginner to Iceland or are perhaps planning your first trip here, this guide is a very useful starting point. Lots of general information about Iceland and tips on what to do and what to see around the country.

Read Iceland: Wild and styled under the Northern Lights, by Lark Gould

Photo: Garðar Ólafsson

3. ‘Glíma, the Martial Arts System used by the Vikings’ – Spangenhelm

Norse combat was not all about clubs and axes. The Vikings also developed a martial arts self-defence system – known as ‘glíma’ – which has survived though to the present day in Nordic countries, including Iceland.

Read Glíma, the Martial Arts System used by the Vikings, by Njord Kane

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ómar Óskarsson

Check in next week for more Iceland Monitor picks from online media. If you find any interesting articles or opinion pieces on Iceland that you think might be right for View on Iceland, please let us know at icelandmonitor@mbl.is.

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