I have a super random background in Scandinavian Studies from a cultural concentration I completed in college. I also happen to be Danish. :)
After taking a course focused only on Tolkien, one on Nordic Colonialism and another exclusively on The Vikings, I can tell you some pretty interesting facts about old wooden ships and perhaps share a saga or two.
I’ve been in a love affair with Iceland for too long. Here is yet another stunning visual of dreamland.
I love this article via the BBC.com – Iceland’s literary history is rarely brought to light in a travel piece.
“Iceland has a higher percentage of writers in its population than any other country in the world. Since the 10th Century, the country has been the birthplace of several significant literary works and authors – from the Viking’s famed Iceland sagas to novelist, poet and playwright Halldór Laxness, winner of a 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature. But its dramatic landscape, unique culture and unpredictable weather conditions have also helped cultivate an influential body of literature by authors from around the world.
The tales Vikings told about elves inspired JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit; Sveitarfélagið, southern Iceland’s biggest municipality, and Skagafjörður, a town located in a submerged glacial valley, provided the main settings for Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale; and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap, was a prime location for George RR Martin’s imagined world in Game of Thrones.In 2011, Iceland’s capital Reykjavik became a Unesco City of Literature, continuing the country’s literary traditions with a growth of events, tours and sites that celebrate the nation’s love of storytelling.”