What does King Harald, Queen Margrethe, Ludvig Holberg, Roald Dahl, Nordahl and Edvard Grieg, Kris Kristofferson, Magnus Magnusson and Risto Penttilä have in common? Answer: Oxford!
What inspired the Oxford professors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis when they invented the fantasy genre and created Middle-earth and Narnia? Answer: Norse mythology and the Finnish national epic Kalevala!
Finally, the book about the astonishingly many Nordic connections to Oxford is here! These are connections which have been present before Oxford became a city, in the form of Norse settlements in the area – which still bears the name of the Nordic favourite saint; St Clement.
Norse & Nordic Oxford concerns not only a cultural and academic history, it is also a full-fledged city-guide to Oxford. Here you will see Oxford’s architecture, art, music, Christianity, literature, languages, sports and lots and lots of other things, through Nordic glasses.
The book is written in English by Ann-Turi Ford, English born author, local journalist and singer – and Richard O. Smith, acknowledged humour writer and Oxford Guide. It has 220 pages and is illustrated with lots of photos.