Saga Land is the story of two men in search of a country’s soul. Broadcaster Richard Fidler and writer Kári Gíslason travel to Iceland to research the folklore of the Viking people; to explore the places of their telling and to discover the sort of people who have been shaped by a millennium of shared stores. It’s also one man’s search for his place in his family and in his nation’s history.
A book that might be considered a buddy travelogue rises above this through the skill of the writers; the teasing out of the sagas; the deft interweaving of folklore, peoples and places, and the search for identity both personal and national. The sagas shape the people as the people shaped the sagas and it’s hard to imagine either without the other.