About MyNDIR

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 letter "i" in "inside".
  • The critical approach for the selection of illustrations is focused through the theoretical lens of Material Philology which considers books and their material details, such as covers and illustrations, as cultural artifacts. This selection criteria results in a repository of images that is capable of revealing aspects of book history, culture, and production that the words of the texts alone cannot provide. Consequently, iterations of illustrations with minimal differences are not only included but valued for their research potential, e.g., illustrations from the first and second editions of Kongesagaer
    published in 1899 and in 1900.

The Current MyNDIR Team

  • Project Lead: Trish Baer
  • Programmer Consultant: Martin Holmes
  • Programmer Consultant: Pat Szpak
  • Research Assistant: Sage Dunn-Krahn
  • Intern: Gabrielle Eisenberg
For more info on the MyNDIR team, see our Team page.


  • Our SSHRC IDG grant has been extended until May 2024.
  • June 2022: Added 90 images and updated the pages for the site. See: the "What's New?" page for detailed information.
  • September 2021: We added 57 images.
  • September 2021: We added a "What's New?" page to give detailed information regarding updates to the repository.
  • September 21, 2020: We updated the "About" page to better reflect the new site. We also corrected typos, updated the link for the digitized edtion of Valkyrien: Romantisk Digtning and made other minor revisions.
  • September 10, 2020: We began hiring Research Assistants and started working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research grant. We will add two hundred illustrations from the Victorian and Edwardian retellings of the Norse myths (1837 - 1914). The digital images will be uploaded in large batches rather than individually.


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


  • Scroll through the thumbnail images on the "Gallery" page, use the Index page, or use the "Search" box in the top right hand corner or click on "Go" to access the "Search" page.
  • A text search will yield different results than selecting a keyword from the "Index".
  • The "Advanced Search" features a text box as well as drop down menus for narrowing search results.

View Size

  • View an image in its original file size by right clicking on the image and selecting “Open Link in New Tab" from the menu. Files sizes vary in accordance with permissions granted to MyNDIR by individual rights holders. Left clicking on the image in the new tab will enlarge or diminish the image.

Copy or Save an Image

  • Copy an image by right clicking on the image and selecting “Copy Image” or “Save Image As” from the right click menu.

MyNDIR's Milestones

  • September 2006: MyNDIR began as an ongoing project created by Trish Baer, (a.k.a.: P. A. Baer) as part of her Interdisciplinary PhD in the departments of English and History in Art at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
  • February 27, 2013: Baer defended her dissertation An Old Norse Image Hoard: From the Analog Past to the Digital Present on February 27th, 2013 and received her degree on June 10th, 2013.
  • June 6, 2013: MyNDIR was launched at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria.
  • June 18, 2013: A twitter page was created for the site @MyNDIR_UVic
  • In the fall of 2018, MyNDIR became part of the Endings Project in the Humanities Computing and Media Centre at the University of Victoria. The purpose of the Endings Project is to archive websites by creating a static version of a site that can be accessed on the internet but can also be used independent of the internet. This strategy enhances digital sustainability.
  • July 9, 2020: MyNDIR's updated site was launched featuring a new interface that is compatible with handheld devices such as cell phones.
  • July 9, 2020: Baer received a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (IDG) for “Visualizations of Old Norse Myths for Victorian and Edwardian Children (1837-1914).” MyNDIR’s IDG project will hire UVic undergrad students as Research Assistants and train them in the skills of Digital Humanities. The RAs will work on all aspects of scanning, creating meta data, and adding 200 images from the Victorian and Edwardian retellings of the Norse myths (1837 - 1914) to the repository.


  • You can read our project documentation here.

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