Jun 27

Reading Around: Bandamanna Saga


MMD-2016-Reading-ChallengeI am making good progress with the 2016 Reading Challenge. Anne launched this project at her Modern Mrs Darcy blog.



By choosing another short book, I finished my sixth challenge last week. This qualified under number seven: a book that was published before you were born. The book was Bandamanna Saga, one of the Icelandic Sagas written in the tenth or eleventh century. Aged I may be, but this is way before my time.


This choice was also inspired by the superb Saga Thing podcast, reviewed here.


BandamannaBandamanna tells the amusing tale of a father and son who outwit a band of chieftains in a legal case brought unfairly against the son. Saga Thing have reviewed many great sagas, but I wanted to start here partly because it is so short, and partly because the name just rolls off the tongue so well. Bandamanna Saga. Bandamanna Saga.


This is not the most bloodthirsty of sagas, but there is still plenty of inspiration for a GM. Colourful characters and inventive nicknames are a staple feature of the Icelandic sagas. Where Bandamanna shines is the presentation of extended wrangling surrounding a legal case. This is exactly the kind of challenge to throw at Players who believe every problem can be solved with a sword. Here is a situation where wit and charm are needed far more than a strong arm.



Where next?

This now completes six books for the Reading Challenge. Progress is good, but I must maintain this pace to fit the remaining six books into 2016. To avoid being overwhelmed with so many options, I set myself a short-list of the top four remaining options to choose from. Numbers one to four, seven and eight, have been read, so my choices moving forward are:


5. A book you should have read in school

6. A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF

9. A book you previously abandoned

10. A book you own but have never read


I am safe to pick a medium-length book. I know one which matches option 5.


The previous 2016 Reading Challenge book was One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


Happy Reading


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