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Star Wars, the Icelandic Saga

04 Nov

A friend of mine turned me on to this site, where the author has rendered Star Wars in the style of an Icelandic sage.

This is far too cool.  I love the Eddas and the saga of Star Wars is a perfect fit for this retelling.  I’ve only had time to read through a few sections, but so far I like it.  I’m looking forward to giving it a proper read-through.

Now if I could hear a proper dramatic reading.  If you’ve never heard someone who knows what they are doing recite Beowulf or other old Norse stories you are missing out, and this just begs to be recited by torchlight.

This kind of re-imagining of Star Wars is all the more appropriate given the original’s pedigree.  The original treatment was based on Akira Kurosawa’s samurai movie, Hidden Fortress.  Kurosawa’s samurai movies themselves were heavily influenced by Hollywood westerns.  As Darth Vader would say, “The circle is now complete.”

“It is the beginning of this saga, that King Jabbi the Stout ruled over Denmark, and King Falfaðinn Lightning-Bolt over Norway, and there was great enmity between them.”

– Chapter 17, The Tattuinardola Saga

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Though I do wish they referred to the stormtroopers as huscarls.

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Cool Stuff

 

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