Nordic Noir and the Sagas

June 2013

Series: Free Thinking 

New Generation thinker Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is a specialist in Old Norse Literature at Oxford University. She’s just returned from Denmark where she has been studying original manuscripts of Icelandic Sagas – dark tales of murder and mayhem. Eleanor is also an addict of Scandinavian TV crime dramas like The Killing and The Bridge and in her first piece for Night Waves she reflects on the possible relationship between Nordic Noir TV and Old Norse Tales.