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Hallan en Noruega una espada vikinga de hace 1.200 años en perfecto estado de conservación

Se investiga si la zona puede ser una vieja ruta comercial o un cementerio.
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Una espada vikinga de hace 1.200 años y en buen estado de conservación fue encontrada en el oeste de Noruega por un montañista y se investiga si la zona puede ser una vieja ruta comercial o un cementerio. "Un hombre la halló entre unos acantilados mientras pescaba en la región montañosa de Haukeli, a unos 1.100 metros de altura", explicó el arqueólogo Jostein Aksdal a la agencia DPA. Al parecer, el hombre la guardó durante algún tiempo hasta que un desconocido le dijo que podría tratarse de una espada antigua, y entonces la llevó a un museo. Según Aksdal, está previsto que un equipo de arqueólogos investigue la zona, por si pudiera tratarse de una antigua ruta comercial. "Esperamos que el invierno sea suave o, de lo contrario, tendremos que aguardar hasta el próximo año", manifestó. Este tipo de espadas, con una hoja que mide unos 70 centímetros de longitud, pertenecían normalmente…

Hann lá eigi kyrr’: Revenants and a Haunted Past in the Sagas of Icelanders

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By Rebecca Merkelbach


Introduction: From Antiquity to the present day, the idea of the dead returning to interact with the living has greatly influenced human imagination, and this has been reflected in literature — the product of that imagination. The returning dead — those who liggja eigi kyrr — have taken all kinds of shapes, appearing in dreams and visions, as spirits that talk to the living, and in recent times as vampires and zombies, dominating popular culture as never before. The literature of medieval Iceland partakes in this almost universal conception, but the revenants we meet in these texts – and especially in the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders) are different from the disembodied spirits that frequently appear in the medieval literature of other countries: They are corporeal, and mostly threatening and destructive to human society, and in this they resemble present-day concepts of the undead more than their rather innocuous contemporaries: it is their…

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER - TV SERIE

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Se trata de una historia medieval situada en el siglo XIV (finales de la Edad Media). Cuenta la historia de un guerrero leal al rey Eduardo I que quiere dejar atrás el derramamiento de sangre que propició en todas sus batallas. Un valiente caballero dañado por los estragos de la guerra, debe volver a coger las armas cuando la violencia resurge en el reino.

'The Bastard Executioner' es el nuevo proyecto de Kutt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) para FX. La serie está protagonizada por Lee Jones, Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Kaley Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Sam Spruell (The Last Ship) y Timothy V. Murphy (True Detective), entre otros.


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The last kingdom -serie

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The Last Kingdom2015

The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

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25/10/2015

Hace un par de días empecé a traducir el cuento de Nornagest, el mismo que publiqué en inglés del libro Stories and Ballads traducido del islandés y Faroese, por BY N.KERSHAW- CAMBRIDGE  AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS -1921. Me pareció super interesante  a pesar de que siempre se apunta a la conversión de los paganos al cristianismo, pero más allá de eso recoge varias historias de las sagas en un mismo cuento. 
Jorge Luis Borges hizo su versión del mismo cuento es este:



ODIN Se refiere que a la corte de Olaf Tryggvason, que se había convertido a la nueva fe, llegó una noche un hombre viejo, envuelto en una capa oscura y con el ala del sombrero sobre los ojos. El rey le preguntó si sabía hacer algo; el forastero contestó que sabía tocar el harpa y contar cuentos. Tocó en el harpa aires antiguos, habló de Gudrun y de Gunnar y, finalmente, refirió el nacimiento de Odín. Dijo que tres Parcas vinieron, que la…

Bronze Age Warrior’s Tomb Discovered in Pylos, Greece

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Bronze Age Warrior’s Tomb Discovered in Pylos, Greece

CINCINNATI, OHIO—The tomb of a wealthy warrior who had been buried with more than 1,400 artifacts, including jewels and beads made from precious stones, ivory objects, weapons, armor, and vessels made from precious metals has been discovered in southwestern Greece by a team of archaeologists led by researchers from theUniversity of Cincinnati. Many of the objects are in the Minoan style and may have been brought from Crete. The tomb dates to 1500 B.C. and was originally thought to be the corner of a house located in the area of the Palace of Nestor, but the excavators soon realized that they had found an undisturbed grave shaft. “This latest find is not the grave of the legendary King Nestor, who headed a contingent of Greek forces at Troy in Homer’s Iliad. Nor is it the grave of his father, Neleus. This find may be even more important because the warrior predates the time of Nestor and Neleus by, perhaps, 200 or 300 …

Five massive Bronze Age axes unearthed in Denmark

Archaeologists have made a world-class Bronze Age find on a small field in North Denmark

"I'm all electric," says archaeologist Constanze Rassmann, the curator of Museum Midtjylland in Denmark. Five huge Bronze Age axes have turned up in a field in Boest near Nørre Snede in Jutland, the museum writes in a press release. And when they say huge, they mean huge. The axes are around twice the size of those usually found, explains Rassmann, who doesn't hesitate to compare the find to winning Champions League. "Five such Bronze Age axes have been found in all Northern Europe to date, and then we go and find five more in one go. That's fantastic," says the enthusiastic museum curator according to tv2.dk. The axes date from 1600 BCE, which makes them one of the earliest Bronze Age finds in Denmark. The gallery above contains pictures of the impressive find which has drawn archaeologists from far and wide to the field in Jutland. World class Bronze Age find The …

Descubierto un mapa de la Tierra Media anotado por J.R.R. Tolkien inédito hasta ahora

Un mapa de la Tierra Media con anotaciones de J.R.R. Tolkien ha sido descubierto recientemente en el interior del ejemplar de El Señor de los Anillos de la ilustradora Pauline Baynes en una tienda de libros raros de Oxford. Como nos informa nuestro compañero Shion Yazawa, nuestros amigos de la Sociedad Tolkien Española se hacen eco en su página web de una noticia publicada por The Guardian que informa de un hallazgo notable: un mapa de la Tierra Media que cuenta con anotaciones y observaciones del propio John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. El documento se encontraba en el interior de un libro entregado a la tienda Blackwell’s Rare Books de Oxford: un ejemplar de El Señor de los Anillos perteneciente a Pauline Baynes, conocida por todos los Tolkiendili por sus ilustraciones de Las Aventuras de Tom Bombadil y La Última Canción de Bilbo.



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THE THÁTTR OF NORNAGEST

THE THÁTTR OF NORNAGEST
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The story goes that on one occasion when King Olaf Tryggvason was living at Trondhjem, it chanced that a man came to him late in the day and addressed him respectfully. The King welcomed him and asked him who he was, and he said that his name was Guest.
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The King answered: "You shall be guest here, whatever you are called."
Guest said: "I have told you my name truly, Sire, and I will gladly receive your hospitality if I may."
The King told him he could have it readily. But since the day was far spent, the King would not enter into conversation with his guest; for he was going soon to vespers, and after that to dinner, and then to bed and to sleep.
Now on that same night King Olaf Tryggvason was lying awake in his bed and saying his prayers, while all the other men in the hall were asleep. Then the King noticed that an elf or spirit of some kind had come into the hall, though all the doors were locke…

BALLAD OF HILDINA

STORIES AND BALLADS OF THE FAR PAST
TRANSLATED FROM THE NORSE (ICELANDIC AND FAROESE) BY N. KERSHAW CAMBRIDGE AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1921

BALLAD OF HILDINA 
This ballad has been discussed above, pp. 39 and 164f. It was taken down by George Low in the course of a visit made by him to the island of Foula in the Shetlands in 1774. He was entirely ignorant of the language, and had apparently no idea as to the meaning of the actual words, though the general drift of the ballad was explained to him by the islander, William Henry, from whom he obtained it (cf. p.164). As very few remains of the dialect have been preserved, apart from the ballad, the interpretation presents great difficulties. The following translation of the first twelve stanzas is made from the corrected text given by Dr M. Hægstadin his edition of the Hildina contained in Skrifter udgivne af Videnskabsselskabet i Christiania, 1900 (Historisk-Filosofiske Klasse, II).
THE SHETLAND BALLAD OF HILDINA

1. It was the E…