TGB # 11 is here! For the delight and exercise of your imagination. Next time there will hopefully be a bonus pic or two as well–meant to post them today, but the photos didn’t turn out.
Because work is crazy for me right now, and because I’d like to find some time to turn some of these pics into cards, stickers, t-shirts, and other stuff, I think I’m going to have TGB run in series of 12–so next week will be the last of this series, but hopefully (especially if you SHARE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE THEM FANS) I will be back to continue with another series of 12. Plus, I should really be putting up more Viking-related blog posts on this site…
TGB archives are here and here! Original tumblr post for this entry is here!
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Well, I missed Kalevala day, but no way am I gonna miss Icelandic bun day! (and thanks to the Ohio State Scandi program’s Facebook page for reminding me…) Icelandic Bolludagur falls on the Monday before Ash Wednesday, and involves kids whapping their parents on the butt and yelling “Bolla bolla bolla!” It is even a school endorsed activity, as the kids make their Bolla-day paddles at school. @_@ WHEN I HAVE CHILDREN THEY WILL NEVER HEAR OF THIS. But it was pretty fun to be surprised with a bun one morning when I was doing research at Stofnun Árna Magnússonar in Reykjavík.
You can read more about this awesome folk day here, and learn to make your own buns here, here, and here. For a list of more Icelandic folk days, check out this list.
I didn’t get buns all that often in Iceland (yeesh, be careful how you read that…), but I did enjoy frequenting the bakeries while I was there. Well, more often I worked in coffee shops, since those are just better set up for dissertating, but they typically had more standard “Hip indie coffee shop food,” which is fine, but while “standard” does in fact mean “not really the same as any other exact place,” you had to go to the bakeries to get anything more unique to and shared within this particular nation. The weird muffin-like chocolate chip thingy that you see to the right was one of my favorites (the hot chocolate was amazing too). I picked this up at a cafe right near Tjörnin, the city pond/lake (can’t remember the name of the bakery though). I also tried an Icelandic donut (kleina) a couple of times–not super sweet, but nice with a cup of coffee.
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My family is Swedish/Norwegian (mostly the former), so we didn’t have any traditional Icelandic pastries growing up, but we did make cardamom bread (and still do), which is the best thing in the world ever. I didn’t go to bakeries as much when I was in Sweden (one Fall and three summers), but when I did I was pretty happy to be able to get all different sorts of cardamom pastries (but watch out, because the moment you start expecting EVERYTHING to have cardamom, you bite into one that doesn’t…). I don’t know whether Norwegian pastries make use of cardamom, but I don’t remember finding any cardamom goodies in Iceland, so it may just be a Swedish thing. No Swedish bakery in the Bay Area, sadly, but there is a Danish Bakery, and you can get more general Nordic goods at the Nordic House!
What did Vikings bake? Well shoot, now I want to find out. They certainly had bread, but I have always assumed that sweet dessert breads (and, well, dessert itself) were a later import. Any archaeologists out there want to weigh in re: Viking Age baking?
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The Grim Bunny # 10! Our first human (?) structure in the series! Though I messed up one of the beams, so I apologize if it’s a bit difficult to recognize it as a high-peaked ceiling from the inside… Anyway, here TGB comes, crashing through the skylight, and… what is that silhouette on the other side of the window…?
Wish I had time to yammer on a bit more, but, as with today’s illustration, I am super rushed and need to get back to my translation work! SO, check out the original tumblr post here, and the archives here and here, and have a good day!
(and yes, I will try to get some merch made for the series one of these days–so far I believe #s 5, 6, and 7 have been noted as candidates for something like that, so I will see what I can do…)
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The Grim Bunny 9! We’re on a roll I guess. What’s after TGB this time? Or are we even maybe a bit confused about who is after whom? Let me know! Or keep your speculations to yourself, just be sure to LIKE and SHARE with all your friends and enemies and everyone in between!
I got a bit frustrated with this one, I guess because the concept I had was a bit ambitious–I am not sure it came out as legible as I’d like, but since this is more of a “sketch blog” caliber webcomic than a “super duper professional” webcomic I decided to work on it a bit with some white water color, and then cleaned things up a tiny bit in photoshop. You can see the watercolor work a bit more clearly in the second image.
Original tumblr post is here, and the archives are here and wordpress and here on deviantart! Be sure to check out my Redbubble store as well, and let me know if you have a special favorite of TGB’s pics that you would like turned into a print, tshirt, or whatever!
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Happy V-day everyone! (Viking-day? Valkyrie-day? Well, close enough) For those of us who like our women strong and deadly, here’s to those ladies of the air and battlefield, the Valkyries! (valkyrja, “chooser of the slain”, or less poetically, “corpse-chooser”) OK, while some of the Old Norse stories of valkryies or other strong women (eg the Maiden Kings) may edge towards (or dive straight into) more of a taming-of-the-shrew sort of narrative (to put it mildly), there are others in which these warrior women seem to make it through with their self-respect intact, even if a love story ensues. In Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar (The Lay of Helgi Hjorvardsson), the valkyrie Svava not only names the hero (while she rides by in splendor in the sky) and tells him where to find his sword (normally things that would be done by his father), after she marries him we are told that she remains a valkyrie as before, rather than losing her heroic status after finding a man “strong enough to make her a woman” or whatever. Not that the three Helgi poems in Poetic Edda are an unmixed bag–we have two versions of Helgakviða Hundingsbana (Helgi the Bane of Hunding), the first of which is short and triumphant, entirely focused on the hero as a supermasculine awesome warrior dude, and in which he kills the valkyrie’s family-approved suitor and everyone else, to which she replies… yay, now I can marry you, versus the second version, which seems to represent a female perspective a bit more, as she finds herself caught between her lover and her family, the former killing the latter (in order to be able to marry her, true…um…), and then being killed by her surviving brother. Like the women in Beowulf (especially the digressions), she (normally a force of nature in her professional role) is caught in the web woven by the martial patriarchy and suffers for it. Not the most empowering representation of a valkyrie, but one which gives more of a voice to a female perspective on the patriarchal Viking age comitatus than the teenaged-angsty-wishfulfillment of Helgakviða Hundingsbana I.
The Helgi poems mentioned above are all in Poetic Edda (available in two excellent translations, here and here–but I must warn you that the Helgi texts are especially hard to follow for a beginner), at the start of the “Heroic Poems”, following the stories of the gods and supernatural beings, but they are not the only valkyrie love stories in PE. In fact, the Sigurðr-Brynhildr-Guðrún triangle, famous throughout the Heathen/early Christian North and down into our day through Wagner’s Ring Cycle, is central to the entire second half of PE. At the end of the “Mythological Poems” we have an abortive valkryie love story in Völundarkviða, another story which subverts, to some degree, masculine agency by having the swan-maiden valkyries (apropos of their usual function?) choosing their mates (I gather this from the wording in the first few stanzas of the poem, which portrays the women as active and the men as passive) rather than the other way around, as is typical in Swan Maiden stories, and then leaving their men because they feel drawn back to war. OK, that part made me sad, I confess, and we maybe have this female agency countered later in the poem in Völund’s seduction/rape (?) of the human princess Böðvildr, but I feel like there are enough Iserian gaps re: the significance of the valkyries in some of these stories that we can celebrate them as the awesome supernatural warrior women that they are. Hurrah for valkyries!! But if you choose me, please be careful what exactly you are choosing me for, Ms. Corpse-chooser…
PS, in case you are in need of some sappy, V-day poetry of the more depressing sort, remember my short verse here! And yeah, the rating is pretty low now–it used to be a lot higher, but someone went through ALL the poems from that time (not just mine) and lowered everybody’s score, so let’s just hope that jerk learns the true meaning of V-day… or whatever.
Also, will try to get around to posting about the coded runic love messages that have been in the news lately!
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The Grim Bunny #8 is here! Um… what’s up doc? OK, never mind. What is happening now!?!?! Another precarious position for TGB! Redwoods this time, because 8 is my favorite number and redwoods are my favorite tree….but OK, I didn’t quite get the redwood-effect I wanted, and yeah, took the photo REALLY late tonight (couldn’t get to this till after dark), so it is super grainy–but I will try to replace it with a better photo eventually. Gotta run now, because THINGS ARE TOO BUSY, but check out TGB archives here and here, and the tumblr post here! TGB merchandise will follow one day… but not yet, because I’ve got too much to do.
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The Grim Bunny #7! Still enjoying this, so I hope you are too! Like and share (especially share!), and if you feel especially caught up in TGB’s adventures, you tell me your version of TGB’s story! All ages welcome! (so keep it clean…)
I’m hoping to eventually turn one or two of my favorite pics into prints/clothes/etc at my Redbubble store (or maybe through etsy or something like that eventually)–there has been a tiny bit of murmury approval about that from my friends, but I want to have a bit more of an audience before I give that a try, so SHARE SHARE SHARE! Well, plus I’m pretty busy with this translation job at the moment (which is why most of my blog posts have been short and shallow like this), so it may just have to wait till I have time to convert the photos into something a bit sharper and printable (meanwhile, buy my Viking Valentine cards!)
I’ve also got TGB up on my sketch blog, as well as my archive here and my archive at DA! No need to “read” TGB in order, but you can if you want!
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