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After 2 years and 8 months of work, the Njála tapestry is half-completed

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  • Half way there The cloth depicts the events told in Brennu-Njáls Saga (The Saga of Burnt Njáll), and is expected to be around 90 metres (295 ft) long when completed.

The Njála tapestry is half-completed, reports the National Broadcasting Service. No small feat considering the length of the tapestry! The cloth depicts the events told in Brennu-Njáls Saga (The Saga of Burnt Njáll), and is expected to be around 90 metres (295 ft) long when completed.

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A scene from Njála.

It has taken participants 2 years and 8 months to stich out the first half of the cloth. The project was instigated by Gunnhildur Edda Kristjánsdóttir and Christina M. Bengtsson in 2011. The tapestry was created using a method of stitching known as the Bayeux stitch, which was commonly used during the Viking age and early medieval period.

The cloth is exhibited at the Saga Centre in the village of Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland. 

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