Sunday, July 05, 2009

by Mary Kate Hurley

[Iceland -- the best layover ever]

One of the myriad things I'm doing this summer is researching Aelfric's Saints Lives in London at the British Library. Yes: I am actually consulting manuscripts, which is a new and exciting research prospect for me. I've been extremely lucky in terms of funding the trip: the Medieval Academy of America generously awarded me the E.K. Rand Dissertation Grant, one of several dissertation grants which they award each year.

Of course, I'll have a lot to say about the actual process of consulting the manuscripts (and I hope to blog a bit about Leeds, which I'll be attending next week, as well). But for now I have a quick question that I'd like to put to all you Norse specialists out there.

On my way over to London, I had a 10-hour layover in Reykjavik. Just enough time to trek all over the city (I was there mostly for the landscape -- museums and manuscripts are always interesting, but I was more intrigued by the land than the stuff from those who've lived on it), and then to head back for a short stay at the unofficial waiting area for Keflavik Airport travelers.

What caught my attention, however, was on the bus rides to and from Keflavik, where I found myself intrigued by these bizarre rock formations:



Now, I've tried googling them, and although I've found a few references, finding something specific about the structures is a bit difficult. So: anything strike you, dear readers? Some half-remembered fragment of a story from graduate school days past (long past or recently past...)? These seem like a lovely addition to the many other stones we've discussed here at ITM.

cross posted toITM

6 comments:

magistra said...

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KGodin said...

Hi Mary Kate,

Sorry to bother your blog but my email address for you has bounced back. You may have heard that I'm in Cambridge. I apologize for not contact you earlier but I did not realize you would be in England during the summer. If you plan to be here this fall you should contact me ksgodin@gmail.com

all the best, Kate Godin

Freya Hrethric said...

Hello, I don't mean to bother you, but do you know anything about Viking daily life. I know that Vikings are different than Anglo Saxons, but if you do know anything could you please tell me?

You see, I am currently trying to write an historical fiction book about a Viking. I just can't find any info on their daily life..... other than a tiny little bit of stuff....which I already knew.

Please get back to me.

Thanks,

Freya Hrethric

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