The premier of Icelandic Sagas – The Greatest Hits was last Wednesday in Norðurljós hall. The show is performed in English and is a 75-minute theatrical comedy roller coaster ride through Iceland’s literary heritage. The director and writer is Ólafur Egill Egilsson and other writers and performers are Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir and Jói Jóhannsson. The show will be performed few times a week this summer and is specially written for foreign tourists in Reykjavík. Other performers this summer in the Icelandic Sagas are Oddur Júlíusson, Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir, Björn Ingi Hilmarsson and Esther Talía Casey.
The Icelandic Sagas are 40 unique and realistic stories describing the settlement of Iceland. Detailing Viking raids abroad and blood-feuds at home, the Sagas are the absolute crown jewels of Icelandic culture. The beloved heroes, and vilified anti-heroes, are ordinary farmers and raiders facing real-life problems like how to get your wife to stop killing your neighbor’s slaves, what to do when someone calls you a horse-ass-eater and how to sue your brother in-law for not… living up to his wife’s expectations. These amazing sagas, preserved on calf-skin manuscripts for a millennia, are the true inspiration behind Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Now you can experience them all in Icelandic Sagas – The Greatest Hits!
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