What prompted the Icelandic Sagas?

Dr. Emily Lethbridge of Cambridge University is seeking to understand the significance of the Icelandic Sagas, why they were created during the 13th and 14th centuries, and why they still resonate with the people of Iceland today.

In an article for History Today's blog, Lethbridge writes, "The sagas occupy a central place in local and national consciousness. The past can feel extraordinarily close to the present. The sagas live on, beyond the printed page, in the Icelandic landscapes and in the imaginations of the people who live there."

A 14 minute video, Memories Of Old Awake, blends music and landscape with narrative and interviews by Dr.  Lethbridge.