Principle author: Emily Lethbridge
Additional contributors: Trausti Dagsson, Pétur Húni Björnsson, Logi Ragnarsson, Zachary Melton, Gísli Pálsson, Hjördís Erna Sigurðardóttir, Nikola Machackova
Contributing institution: University of Iceland
Spatial Coverage: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Greenland, Faroe Islands, United Kingdom, North America
Temporal Coverage : Early Viking Period - Modern, with focus on Early Viking Period, Late Viking Period, Early Medieval Period
Subject List (FISH Vocabularies): Documentary research
Creative Commons Licensing: CC BY-NC
The Icelandic Saga Map database contains geo-referenced texts in Icelandic and English, with specific emphasis on medieval Icelandic sagas. All geographical places mentioned in the texts are displayed on a map interface with the text alongside. Other data pertains to medieval and post-medieval parchment and paper manuscripts of the geo-referenced saga texts, and to Icelandic travel books.
The text of each saga (in modern Icelandic) was uploaded into the ISM database. Place-names in the text were then identified and geo-referenced using search tools such as the lmi.is and ja.is websites to get GIS co-ordinates. In some cases notes about difficulties re. locating places were made. Each named place in the saga text was given a place-type (i.e. farm, harbour, hill etc). Once saved, all places mentioned in that saga subsequently appear on the map interface. Clicking the place-name on the map brings up the chapters in the saga it appears in. Users can also retrieve a list of other sagas/chapters that reference that place. The relevant saga text can be read on the right-hand-side of the map. Place-names in the text are hyperlinked to the map and clicking on them in the text makes them appear on the map.
Retrieve full project and record-level metadata for Icelandic Saga Map on Github.