At the Saga Center in Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland, Njáls saga is coming alive on a tapestry called Njálurefillinn (‘The Njála Tapestry’), an embroidered cloth similar to the Bayeux Tapestry. The first stitches were made on February 2, 2013, at the formal launch of the project.
Photos: Helga Möller/Iceland Review.
People are invited to drop by the Saga Center and participate in the project by helping embroider side pictures. Originally expected to take ten years, the project is ahead of schedule. For example, a task that was assumed would take nine months was completed in six. Once finished, Njálurefillinn will be 80-90 meters (260-300 feet) long.
These pictures were taken by Helga Möller, who added a few stitches to Njálurefillinn herself in the first weekend of September. The project’s progress can be monitored on Facebook.
Helga Möller making her mark on Njálurefillinn.
The project is the brainchild of Gunnhildur Edda Kristjánsdóttir and Christina M. Bengtsson and Njálurefillinn was designed by artist Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir. For further information, visit the project’s website.