The Westward Journeys
of Old Norse Mythology
Considering both the facts and fictions of medieval Iceland’s unique cultural legacy, this web site seeks to provide a useful resource for students and enthusiasts alike. The subject matter is defined as a “Mythography” (i.e. a survey of many versions of a core set of myths) of some of the most famous narratives that Norse settlers took with them as they sailed west, from Norway to Iceland and eventually to Vinland (now Newfoundland in eastern Canada). The links section lists major online resources, dictionaries, and archives related to medieval Icelandic culture, while the online bibliographies list scholarship on Icelandic myths, sagas, and folktales, and their remarkable journeys around the world. From William Morris in the nineteenth century, to J. R. R. Tolkien in the twentieth and Neil Gaiman in the twenty-first, prominent writers have reinterpreted these works in many different contexts. The first bibliography is annotated to list some of the major sources which these new works draw on, although it makes no claim to be comprehensive.
The Department of Icelandic Language and Literature
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts
Editors: Christopher Crocker, Dustin Geeraert, Selina Heidinger
Web Design & Technical Editor: Ryan E. Johnson
Additional Research: Austin Quagleini
The creators would like to thank Migration: The 9th University of Manitoba / University of Iceland Partnership Conference, From Iceland to the Americas: Vinland and Historical Imagination, and The Afterlife of Eddas and Sagas.