I visit the Snorrastofa, a research and cultural center at Reykholt, the farm in southwestern Iceland where the great medieval Icelandic historian and writer Snorri Sturluson built his home, a church, and later a small fortress.
Snorrastofa Project Manager Sigrun Guttomsdóttir Þormar and I talk about Snorri’s dramatic life, his legacy, and his hot tub, which is still in perfect working condition 800 years after its construction.
The music in this episode is by the Iceland/German band Árstíðir lífsins, who take their inspiration from the Old Norse literature.
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Learn More About Snorri and His Writings
- Explore manuscripts containing the Edda: AM 242 fol. (1340-1370), AM 748 II 4to (1390-1410), AM 756 4to (1400-1500)
- Read Snorri’s Edda translated into English
- Buy an English translation of Snorri’s Egils saga or read it online here (the online version is a much older translation)
- Read an English translation Snorri’s Heimskringla (history of the Norse kings) online
See Photos of the Snorrastofa and Reykholt
About Museums in Strange Places
Museums in Strange Places is a podcast about Icelandic museums and museum culture. Subscribe to the podcast and you can expect fascinating conversations with Icelandic museum professionals, world class exhibitions, private museums in gas stations, an introduction to Icelanders and their knack for storytelling, and a unique window into the inner workings of museums on this strange but wonderful little island.
A me: I’m an American Fulbright Fellow living in Reykjavík. I have a BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA from the University of Iceland in Medieval Icelandic Studies. After completing my MA, I spent two years as the Marketing Coordinator for the American Association for State and Local History, a Nashville-based national nonprofit dedicated to serving history museums, historical societies, and other public history institutions.