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Alumni Travel Reading: In the Wake of the Vikings

Legacy of the Vikings

Ancient Scottish castle on water with bridge

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland. Courtesy of

Viking History & Culture

The Old Norse Sagas

These are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland and of feuds between Icelandic families. They were written in the Old Norse language, in prose, mainly in Iceland. They represent one of the major contributions of Scandinavian culture to world literature.  Most have been translated into English and they often read much like modern novels.


nineteen large thin stones standing upright on plain

Callanish Stones, Orkney. Courtesy of


Selected and Annotated by:

Robert Walther
British and American Literature, Philosophy

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Scotland in Fiction

Scotland: History & Culture

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