University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Icelandic Language and Literature - Student Showcase
Student Showcase

Ben Greenwood's Hvannadalshnjúkur. Introduction to Contemporary Culture in Iceland 2013

Neven Lockhead's BlindhæðIcelandic Field School 2012

Erika Henderson's Skírnir Rides to Persuade Gerðr. Old Norse Mythology 2012

Ben Greenwood's Skírnir's Journey with accompanying document My choices in Publication Old Norse Mythology 2012

Ryan Stewart's Two sides of the same DiscSagas in Translation 2012

Maeve Hanna and Jennielee Soliman - Í djúpum míns hjarta, Icelandic Field School 2011.  In Hallormsstaður, by chance we opened the piano bench.  We picked up a book of compositions by María Brynjólfsdóttir.  The first song we played was "Í djúpum míns hjarta".  In the depths of my heart.  Haunting.  Melancholic.  Fallegt.

Kimberly Irwin's clay model of the South of Iceland containing the main characters from seven of the stories studied in class.  Modern Icelandic Literature 2011

Rebecca Marie Toderian's canvas of Sigur Ros's song Glosoli.    Introduction to Contemporary Icelandic Culture 2011

Heather Thomson's "The Lay of Fafnir - Glass Mosaic". A depiction of the final events of the poem.  Sigurð has slayed the dragon, Fafnir, tasted Fafnir's blood, heard the speech of the birds, and cut off the head of Regin.  He is now about to eat the heart of Fafnir.    Old Norse Mythology 2009

Chelsea Bristow's "Sigurð the dragon slayer".  The piece is a drinking horn with the scene of Sigurð slaying the dragon Fafnir from the pit he dug below the path of the dragon's travels - burned into the outer surface of it.  The tip of the horn has the head of a bird on it representing Sigurð's new found power of being able to communicate with the birds from tasting the roasted heart of Fafnir.  The horn is lined with a thing coat of bees wax for a more pleasant smell and cleaner surface to drink from.   Old Norse Mythology 2009

Laura Falk's "Norse World Ash". The piece looks at the Norse World Ash, Yggdrasill. It is knit, and partially crocheted, out of brown wool, entirely in one piece. The tree, true to the myth, has three large roots extending out of the bottom, properly hidden by the stony ground out of which the tree grows. At the foot of the tree there is also a small 'well of Mimisbrunnr', made by laying a small layer of coffee grounds in a gap amongst the rocks. In the branches sits the squirrel Ratatosk, and below, partially hidden in the rock, is one of the many serpents said to burrow beneath the tree's roots. The material, wool, used to make the tree is entirely appropriate to Norse culture. Knit garments and weaving was and is a key element of Scandinavian craft and culture. The knit tree, then, connects both elements of deep mythic belief as well as the everyday cultural practices of needlework.    Old Norse Mythology 2009  

Sasha Amaya & Delf Gravert's "The Four Dreams of Guðrun Osvifsdóttir".  This project is an attempt to capture the four dreams of Guðrun Osvifsdóttir in photographic images.  The four highly symbolic dreams are found at the beginning of The Saga of the People of Laxardal, and foreshadow the action of the entire saga.  In addition to drawing upon symbols indicated in the text (a headdress, a silver bracelet, a gold bracelet and a helmet, respectively), light and angle were also employed to express effects of time, age, and changes in attitude and religion.  Throughout all panels, the camera gradually pans downwards from panel one to panel four, expressing the increasing age of Guðrun, the complexity of her situation and the weight of her conscience.  In the third panel, Guðrun's isolation in the setting sun expresses the long, solitary and religious time she spends after the death of her third husband.  In contrast to the first image of the first panel, where we look up to Guðrun's back youthfully and fearlessly turned away, the very last image in the final panel displays Guðrun stripped of all artefacts, all husbands and all feuds, and left alone, aged, sobered and peaceful.  


Elin Thordarson's free play assignment "The Lay of Regin" photo gallery.  

Peter Graham's free play assignment of Guðbergur Bergsson's "Svanurinn" (The Swan) for the Modern Icelandic Literature in Translation class.  Oil on canvas.  

Peter Graham's free play assignment of "Bothild & Gisli" (oil on canvas) for the Sagas in Translation class 2007. Oil on canvas.$0 $0  

Amelia Marshall's free play assignment of "Thrym's Poem" for the Old Norse Mythology Class.  

David Swanson's "How to raise the dead"  

Curtis Wiebe's free play assignment "Thrym's Poem Song", composed and performed by Curtis for the Old Norse Mythology Class.  To listen to the performance (mp3 file), you will need Windows Media Player.  

Leslie Tsai's "The Shadow of Brynhild Gives Counsel", an interpretation of the Eddic, heroic poem 'Brynhild's Ride to Hell' for the Old Norse Mythology class.

Between the walking worlds, Jason Hare, Sagas in Translation 2012

Thrym's Poem - Amelia Marshall
Amelia Marshall - Thrym's Poem

Elin Thordarson
Elin Thordarson - The Lay of Regin