|My first avatar. I liked the image, but|
being afraid of copyright infringement
I felt I had to change it.
In addition to media studies, I have a deep interest in literature and mythology, especially Norse mythology, and in Viking history. I enjoy reading the Old Edda, Icelandic sagas, and books on the Viking Age. One evening, when my wife watched me sitting among my books and computers, she asked why I didn't write a Viking story. "If you find a good pen-name, I will," I said. Knowing I read "A Game of Thrones" at the time, she suggested "Jon Snow", but I said no. "I will not steal the name of such a wonderful character," I said, and called myself John Snow. (Just as one of my characters was to be called Yljali and not Ylajali after one of Knut Hamsun's most famous female characters.)
|My current profile image. It is made |
from an old drawing depicting
My wife and I live in Stavanger near Hafrsfjord (where Harald Fairhair after a big battle united Norway into one kingdom in 872 AD.) We have two sons. One is grown-up and the other is ten years old.