Author: Eric Stavney

Eric Stavney is a graduate of the University of Washington Department of Scandinavian Studies and hosts the interviews and music podcast “Nordic on Tap” at

Yell with Ronia

Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter is a coming-of-age story written in 1981, 36 years after Astrid Lindgren launched her popular Pippi Longstocking books.

The Vikings Begin

Where did the Vikings come from?

As you step into the Nordic Museum’s exhibit rooms of The Vikings Begin, you leave the dramatic, well-lit “fjord” hallway and are plunged into darkness. This fits the notion that much about the Vikings is shrouded in mystery, especially where they came from…

An atypical betrayal

Eric Stavney reviews television and film editor John Sealy’s debut novel The Betrayal of Norway for The Norwegian American.

Learn Norwegian to learn Norway

Eric Stavney writes about the importance of learning the Norwegian language in order to understand the Norwegian culture with a list of resources to explore.