Presenting Viking women

A reading from 'The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman'

(c) Cornell University

Nancy Marie Brown talks about her book 'The Far Traveler' and its protagonist, Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir the far traveler. Gudrid lived in Iceland, Greenland and, briefly, in Vinland. In discussing Gudrid's life, she explores the life of a woman in the Viking Age, and discusses her own experience of working on an archaeological excavation at Gudrid's house in Iceland.

Blog Post: Unn, the settler. Unn, the land-taker.

(c) Sofie Vanherpen

Sofie Vanherpen discusses Sophie Rogge-Börner’s Von nordischen Frauen, Königen und Bauern (‘Of Nordic Women, Kings and Peasants’) and Gisela Wenz-Hartmann’s Lebensbilder germanischer Frauen (‘Portraits of Germanic Women’) with special attention to Auðr/Unnr djúp(a)úðga's depiction.

(c) Hanna Marti and Mara Winter

A performance of the Eddic Poem 'Helreið Brynhildar' (Brynhild's Ride to Hel) by the ensemble Moirai (Hanna Marti vocals, and Mara Winter, flute and vocals). Moirai specialises in the music of the Early and High Middle Ages, and "focuses on the female figures in the Edda songs. The story of the cursed Rhinegold is told mostly from the perspective of Guðrun, Brynhild and other strong and powerful women."