Category: Literature

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Dwarves Were Inspired From Norse Mythology

The extraordinary and fantastic world of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy have fascinated millions of readers since the publication of these critically acclaimed fantasy novels. The author, J.R.R. Tolkien, himself a scholar of Germanic history and mythology, drew many parallels and made significant references with respect to the Norse mythology and…


The Icelandic Christmas Tradition Of Giving Books As Gifts

It is customary in Iceland to give books as gifts on Christmas Eve. This tradition should come as no surprise to foreigners as Iceland disposes of a tremendous cultural heritage with respect to literature. So it is that from the Viking Age and High Middle Ages (periods of time throughout which the Icelandic sagas and the…


Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Mythical Realms Inspired From Real World

J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical universe with all of its realms as depicted in four of his high fantasy novels, namely ‘The Hobbit‘ (1937) and ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ trilogy (1954-55), was actually inspired from real world locations in Europe and its vicinity. A superimposed detailed map of the Middle Earth and of the European continent…


10 Viking Proverbs You Should Know

The Hávamál (‘The Sayings of the High One’ in translation) is a poem written in Old Norse which has been preserved in the Codex Regius (or Konungsbók as it is known in Icelandic), meaning ‘The Royal Book’, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking Age. Codex Regius is an index of poems in Old Norse…


Vinduerne (The Windows) By Danish Author Leif Panduro

Vinduerne is a 174-page novel by Danish author Leif Panduro. It was published for the first time in 1973 and once again in 1977. The book is written in Danish but it has been translated in several languages from the point of its release. About the author Leif Panduro was born on April 18, 1923…