Icelandic Sagas – The Greatest Hits

Icelandic-Sagas

A play in English at Harpa Concert Hall

Welcome to the world of Hallgerd of the long-pants, Gunnlaugur Serpent Tounge, Killer-Glúmur, Haraldur with-the-great-hairdo and Mjoll the biggest of all women who were not giants.

A play based on the Icelandic Sagas is staged at the Reykjavík Concert Hall Harpa.

The Icelandic Sagas are 40 unique stories describing the settlement of Iceland. Detailing Viking raids abroad and blood-feuds at home, the Sagas are among the crown jewels of Icelandic culture. The beloved heroes, and vilified anti-heroes, are ordinary farmers and raiders facing real-life problems like how to get your wife to stop killing your neighbour’s slaves, what to do when someone calls you a horse-ass-eater and how to sue your brother in-law for not …. living up to his wife’s expectations. These amazing sagas, preserved on calf-skin manuscripts for a millenia, are part of the inspiration behind Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

A group of students registered on the Medieval Icelandic Studies/Viking and Medieval Norse Studies Programme at the University of Iceland went to see this production in May 2016. They recommend it enthusiastically as can be seen in their short reviews about it.

The Icelandic Sagas – Greatest Hits premiered at  Harpa on May 5th 2016 and has been running since then.

Actors: Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir and Jóhann G. Jóhannsson / Oddur Júlíusson and Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir / Björn Ingi Hilmarsson and Esther Thalía Casey.

Icelandicsagas in 75 minutes

Tickets and further information can be found on the Icelandic Sagas website