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The Icelandic Sagas cramped into one hilariously entertaining show

By Sara McMahon

  • Back in time Actors Jói Jóhannsson and Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir portray some of the Sagas’ most notorious characters during the hilarious show The Icelandic Sagas – Greatest Hits, show in Harpa Concert Hall. 

Ever heard of Hallgerður ‘Long Pants’, Gunnlaug ‘Serpent Tongue’, Killer-Glúmur or Leifur ‘the Lucky’? No? Well, it’s about time you get to know these larger than life characters from the renowned Icelandic Sagas.

The Icelandic Sagas – Greatest Hits is a theatrical comedy based on the Icelandic Sagas, prose narratives that took place in Iceland during the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries. The stories tell of the struggles and conflict of the early generations of Icelandic settlers.

Actors Jói Jóhannsson and Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir portray some of the Sagas’ most notorious characters, including Hallgerður ‘Long Pants’ and Leifur ‘the Lucky’ and manage to cramp centuries worth of events into a 75-minute-long show.

The show addresses problems as old as mankind, such as how to put a stop to your wife’s incessant slave-killings, how to respond when someone calls you an ‘eater of horse’s ass’ and why you should never throw a pair of blue pants into an Icelanders face.

The show premieres in in the magnificent Harpa Concert Hall in May and tickets cost 4,900 ISK. 

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