About MyNDIR


  • The acronym MyNDIR stands for My Norse Digital Image Repository and the letters that it is comprised of spell the Icelandic word for "pictures."
  • The pronunciation for MyNDIR consists of two syllables comprised of ‘myn’ and ‘dir’ with the stress on the first syllable.
  • The letter “i” and the letter "y" are both pronounced the same as the “i” in the English word “hit” or the first "i" in "inside".


  • June 18, 2013: I created a twitter page for the site @MyNDIR_UVic
  • June 6, 2013: I launched MyNDIR at the Electronic Literature Online Exhibit at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria.

MyNDIR and Trish Baer

  • I was born and grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon. My father's parents immigrated to Canada in 1904 from north-eastern Iceland. I have been interested in my Icelandic heritage from an early age.
  • MyNDIR is an ongoing project that I began working on in September 2006 as part of my Interdisciplinary PhD in the departments of English and History in Art at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
  • I defended my dissertation An Old Norse Image Hoard: From the Analog Past to the Digital Present on February 27th, 2013 and received my degree on June 10th, 2013.
  • I made MyNDIR available online on June 6th, 2013 with a database of 101 illustrations of Old Norse mythology, as well as scenes of Old Norse paganism and the Conversion period, from manuscripts and early print sources.
  • My research indicates that there are several thousand more images to include in the repository.
  • The process of adding images to the database involves creating XML files for metadata markup using the TEI P5 Manuscript Module, which demands more time than simply posting an image.
  • I am currently working alone but hope to have collaborators in the future.


  • Users of this site are requested to observe copyright restrictions and to cite the source of an image when using or referring to it.


  • The scrollable thumbnail image bar contains all of the images in MyNDIR's database.
  • Clicking on the illustration of Óðinn riding Sleipnir in the title banner on any page will also provide you with thumbnails in the scrollable bar for the entire site.


  • Search for images by entering text in the box above, use the menu to select keywords, or click on an image from the banner. These options are available on every page on this site.
  • A text search will yield different results than selecting a keyword from the menu.

Advanced Search

  • The advanced search features a text box as well as drop down menus for narrowing your search results.

Available Images

  • The scrollable strip of thumbnail images consists of cropped images for the entire site.
  • Mouse-over thumbnails for: titles for the illustrations, the names of illustrators, and a notice for images that restricted due to copyright.
  • Click on thumbnails to access the image and its descriptive data which includes copyright contact information.

Restricted Images

  • Thumbnails of images that cannot be fully displayed due to copyright restrictions are indicated by a red frame.
  • Clicking on a thumbnail for a restricted image will provide the information necessary for finding the illustration in a print source.

View Size

  • View an image in its original file size by right clicking on the image and selecting “view image” from the menu. Files sizes vary in accordance with permissions granted to MyNDIR by individual rights holders.


  • Copy an image by right clicking on the image and selecting “copy image” or “save image as” from the menu.

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