Tuesday 12 May 2020

London Magic School: Icelandic Myth and Saga

Tutor Ben Pestell is running a course on Icelandic Myth and Saga starting on May 15, through the Mary Ward Centre in London. His courses are normally classroom based, but this term have been reconfigured for online learning through Zoom.

Here is the information about the course:
Warriors or poets? Christians or Pagans? Who were the medieval Icelanders who gave us the tales of Viking sagas and such unruly gods as Odin, Thor, and Loki? In this course we will explore the early literature of Iceland and uncover a world of violence and tenderness, cunning and stupidity, capricious gods and formidable women, preposterous tales and rich poetry.

We will witness the settlement of Iceland, and consider the Viking ethos. We will read tales from Norse mythology, including the violent creation myth, and more playful tales of gods, dwarves and giants. We will also discuss sagas of warrior-poets, and the great family sagas which give a vivid insight into the complex lives, folk beliefs, and rich culture of a time which continues to excite the imagination.
Venue: Online through Zoom this term, but normally at the Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AQ
Dates: 15 May to 31 July 2020 (11 classes)
Time: Fridays, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Course No: 496
Fees: Full £109/concession £38
Tel: 0207 269 6000
Website: www.marywardcentre.ac.uk

The photo shows the Mary Ward Centre

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