Ragna’s Islands: A New Saga

  Ragna’s Islands is the latest in a series of AHRC-funded projects initiated by The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age exploring the Viking Age history and Norse culture of different parts of Britain and Ireland. In 2013-14, Languages, Myths and Finds sent teams of academics and students to Cleveland, Dublin, the Hebrides, the Isle of …

The Saga of the Earls of Orkney

The world-famous Icelandic sagas encompass many different types of narratives, including stories about saints, bishops and knights. Probably the best-known are Sagas of Icelanders, set in Viking Age Iceland and featuring Icelandic characters, and the Sagas of Kings, about the kings of Norway from prehistory to the high medieval period. In between these two genres is a …

Orkney in the Viking World

The Viking Age (ca. 750-1100 CE) is the name generally given to a period of population movement out of Scandinavia, leading to raiding, trading, exploration and settlement ranging from the Caspian Sea in the east to Newfoundland in the west. The term ‘viking’ is used for the Scandinavian peoples who made these voyages, as well …