Stories of Iceland
Stories of Iceland
Óli Gneisti Sóleyjarson
Tales of History, Culture and Folkore
My Cursed Ancestors
In the 17th century, Iceland was thrown into a panic about witchcraft. My ancestor Einar Nikulásson lived through almost the exact period of the "age of burning" and has gone down in folklore as "Galdrameistari" or "master of sorcery". These stories also implicated his descendants, especially Þórarinn Einarson, Jón Einarsson and Einar Jónsson (the last two are also my ancestors). This episode explores these stories and the reputations of these real men, earned and unearned.
Dec 7, 2023
26 min
It Takes Too Long To Fill The Souls Of Priests
A long awaited tale with an introduction and preamble about volcanic eruptions
Nov 12, 2023
18 min
Bobby Fischer in Iceland
Bobby Fischer was a chess phenomenon, likely to most famous player to ever play the game. He wound up a fugitive who ended his life as an Icelandic citizen. This episode tells the story of Bobby Fischer in Iceland.
Jul 6, 2023
31 min
That Reminds Me of a Story
Episode fifty is an opportunity to think about the future of the podcast.
Jun 30, 2023
16 min
The Matter of Atli
This is the third episode based on The Saga of the Völsungs, the last part of the story. We follow Guðrún and her relationship with Atli (aka Attila the Hun). There is a bit of tragedy. A lot of violence and a horrific scene which is not meant for children (even though children are involved).
May 3, 2023
25 min
The Shield Maiden's Wrath
A continuation of Völsunga Saga..
Apr 15, 2023
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The Dragon's Bane
It is said that tales of dragons and dragon slayers are universal. That is not quite true. This is a story that has been retold in numerous ways. This isn't the "original" but it is one of the oldest we know.
Mar 4, 2023
25 min
A Winter in Iceland 1834-1835
The Hon. Arthur Dillon visited Iceland in 1834. He spent a little over a year in the country and later published a book about his travels. This episode covers both his observations on the Icelandic winter and his lasting legacy in the country.
Feb 3, 2023
23 min
The Beast of Katanes
Folk tales can take centuries to reach a finely tuned flow. This one was published about twenty years after the events that shook up the quiet farms on the northern shore of Hvalfjörður. The recording was not as good as usual but it shouldn't be too noticeable.
Dec 9, 2022
15 min
Songs of Exploding Sands
A couple of people have asked me about the music at the start and end of the episode. In this episode I give a little background on the songs.
Oct 31, 2022
21 min
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