Weekly Finds – Lore, Sagas, and Vikings!

Welcome to the second instalment of the Weekly Finds blogpost!

This week there’s a podcast, a huge database of sagas, and some reference and research works as well.

Podcast of the Week: Lore

Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Since I discovered the Lore podcast (and listened to all the episode), I anxiously await the next episode. Yes, they’re that good. If you like folklore at all – or even just a good story – you’ll love Lore. Just look at episode 37 –

For as crowded as this world has become, most people feel isolated and alone. Perhaps that’s why so many of us believe that there’s another world, just beyond the veil. But when that veil is tampered with and pulled aside, it’s hard to say what might emerge.

Find Lore on the website or on iTunes. Lore is also on Patreon, if you’d like to support the podcast.

Vikings! Sagas! Epicness!

The Icelandic Saga Database is an online resource dedicated to the digital publication of the Sagas of the Icelanders — a large body of medieval literature which forms the foundation of the Icelandic literary tradition. [The] website contains all the extant Icelandic family sagas in an easily readable format using modernized Icelandic spelling, with Old Norse versions and translations into English and other languages made available where these exist in the public domain.

If you’d like to learn more about sagas, the Vikings, norse mythology and similar matters, head over to the Viking Society for Northern Research’s website. The VSNR is “the world’s foremost learned society in the field of medieval Scandinavian and Northern studies”. Many of their articles and publications are now available to read and download for free as well. Score!

More Lore!

Need some more folklore in your life? I found Folklore Fellows via a Tweet during Folklore Thursday this week and the newsletter looks extremely interesting. It is also a scholarly work, but it seems quite accessible to me. Here’s what Folklore Fellows have to say on their website:

Folklore Fellows is an international network of folklorists, promoting scientific contacts between researchers, publication work and research training. In striving to meet its objectives, Folklore Fellows invites outstanding and active researchers from across the globe to become members.

Folklore Fellows operates under the auspices of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. The membership forms an editorial advisory body on the Academy’s Folklore Fellows’ Communications series, and participates in organising the research courses of the Folklore Fellows’ Summer School. The activities of the Folklore Fellows are related in the Folklore Fellows’ Network bulletin.

That’s it from me for this week. What cool stuff did you run across during your browsing?

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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