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Grettir’s Saga roundtable discussion and performance

October 7, 2015 — 

Are you interested in Vikings, monsters, and supernatural curses? This October, the Icelandic Department presents two roundtable discussions of the medieval classic, Grettir’s Saga. This northern masterpiece is full of magic, trickery, and vengeance. One of the great outlaw sagas, it is a story of humour and horror set at the end of the saga age in Iceland, as the old heroic ideals fade. One of the most popular Icelandic sagas, Grettir’s saga has been translated many times and is available in many editions. You do not need to have read the saga to attend the discussions, however, as they are open to the public and intended to be accessible.

Please join us in the Icelandic Boardroom in Dafoe Library from 3:30 to 5:30 on Thursday, October 8th for the first discussion, and at the same time for the second discussion on Thursday, October 15th. The culmination of these events will be a performance of Grettir’s Saga in The Black Hole Theatre by Icelandic performer Elfar Logi Hannesson. It is completely free and will take place on Thursday, October 22nd from 2:30 until 3:15, with questions until 4:00.

For more information, please contact Peter John Buchan (peter [dot] buchan [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or 474-9551) or Catari Macaulay Gauthier (catari [dot] macaulaygauthier [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or 474 8487).

Sponsored by The Department of Icelandic Language and Literature and The Department of English, Film and Theatre’s Literary Reading Series.

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