I never expected anyone to actually like this thing..!
I just made it, on a whim, while trying to add a bit more productivity to what was essentially wasted time. An attempt to share the sagas I love so dearly.
And then, suddenly, lots of people were commenting, listening, downloading… some even being so generous as to send a little donation via bandcamp. (I decided from the start to make it all available for free, so this was really touching.)
And then my responsibilities changed, I got a promotion and I think I’ve narrated a total of one video this year. No more warm-up, no more wasted time. No more chapters added.
But now I feel invested. And it feels like there are others out there, too, who would like to see this continued.
I’m just going to have to find some free time to keep this up, aren’t I.
Finally, after many hiccups, the Saga Project is back on track. A few more chapters will be added today and over the coming weekend. The move to a private domain will be postponed for now, as it didn’t quite work out. I will continue to look into the possibility, however.
With an audiobook spanning close to 100 chapters and hundreds of pages, it is still gratifying to see as chapters add up, even despite the delays due to illness (can’t read much without a voice) and technical issues.
Due to illness, the recording has been halted for the past couple of weeks. My throat is still shot so there won’t be any chapters added for a few more days. Hopefully, this illness is abating so the Icelandic saga audio book recordings can resume.
A few more chapters have been added to Egils saga along with an embedded player, so the audiobook can now be streamed live. This simplifies work for me as well, as I do not have to add chapters individually. You can still visit the audiobook on sagaproject.bandcamp.com and download each chapter individually from there.
Egils saga has been selected as the first audio book. It is one of the best known and most critically acclaimed sagas.
Egils saga is an epic Icelandic saga. The oldest transcript (a fragment) dates back to 1240 AD. The saga is centered on the life of Egil Skallagrímsson, an Icelandic farmer, viking, and skald. It is generally referred to as “Egla” by Icelandic scholars.
The first few chapters have been uploaded and linked to the Egils saga page. More chapters will be added as soon as they are ready. The full number is 92, so this should take a while to complete, but the aim is to finish the audiobook by the end of January 2011.
On a personal note, this is working quite well to warm up my voice! As this is warm-up reading, I do a maximum of three takes on each chapter and each chapter is one whole unedited take. With 5-10 minutes per chapter, I need to read 2-3 chapters to warm up sufficiently for “real work”, so I will need to supplement the recordings with additional readings after work to meet my deadline. So far I’m having fun with it, though, so that shouldn’t be a problem!
I like audiobooks. They’re handy while travelling and when I just want to curl up with my eyes closed and listen to a story.
I also like the Icelandic sagas. I’ve studied their protagonists for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Comparative Literature, and I have a certain fondness for them.
My work involves narration, among many other things, and just as you need to warm up for singing, you need to warm up your voice for narration. As a result of this, it seemed like a good idea to start reading audio recordings of the sagas, during my warm up sessions. My voice won’t be perfect (if it were, it would be time to start working!) but hopefully some use and enjoyment can be found in them regardless.
This is my own pet project, so feel free to download them for your own personal use. There’s no price, though donations are greatly appreciated if you enjoy the recordings. The sagas read are chosen by personal whim, so feel free to send requests.
I hope you enjoy the Saga Project audio books.