With the work of his MA/MPhil finished, it was left to the Skald to relax and enjoy early summer and the outdoor life in Oslo with his lady. Many hills, forests, lakes, sea shores, and islands were explored. But his time to leave Europe finally arrived, and after another tearful goodbye, the Skald finally departed Oslo to visit Iceland once more on his way home to Vinland. There, the Skald rejoiced in seeing many happy and familiar sights once more, such as Háskóli Íslands, Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir (including the Ásatruarfélagið’s midsummer Þingblót), and Bláa Lónið. Finally, the Skald attended his graduation on June 25. After nearly eleven months abroad, the Skald returned to Vinland on June 30. Though his future directions were as yet uncertain, it was a time to celebrate further and enjoy the company of family and friends. With his time in the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies program finally finished, the Skald composed this verse:
Sweet celebrations sealed my triumph,
a victory won in Viking Studies.
Then Norway’s nature was a needed break:
from my work indoors and my work within,
outer beauty to balance the inner.
On excellent Iceland, my eyes once more
were set for a time as I saw again
that lovely land. Delightful walks
— great scenic views and my graduation —
refreshed my spirit. Finally now,
at saga’s end, I’ve sailed back home
with gainful degrees, great memories,
and a self transformed, soaring to new heights.
The sacred lights, both solar and polar,
are brightly shining on my boundless future.
The Skald’s adventures will continue, but here ends Eiríks saga Háskólavísna.
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