Harley J. Sims


About Me


I am a Canadian writer, reviewer and translator, back at last in British Columbia after many years in Ontario and Nova Scotia. I'm also a husband, and a father of two. My wife is a veteran political journalist and communications specialist (though when we first met in high school, she was just a really opinionated teenage girl).

I have a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, in addition to a BA (Hons) and MA from Carleton University in Ottawa. I guess I'm primarily a medievalist, but I love lots of different stuff; I've lectured or written on everything from Beowulf through Shakespeare to comic books and modern film.

With linguistics, my interests range from constructed languages (conlangs) to modern language evolution, on which I have published and spoken in public forums. During my post-secondary education, I studied - to varying degrees - more than a dozen languages from the modern, medieval, and ancient periods. My dissertation involved literature from many of these, including Old English, Old Norse-Icelandic, Middle Welsh, Old Irish, Sanskrit, Latin, and Ancient Greek.  

Some photos of Iceland (2015)

     After studying Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature on and off for a decade, and with a great deal of help from others, I finally made it to their living homeland.

     Even for a part-Norwegian boy from British Columbia, Iceland is another world.



University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands)


  Auðnir, near Akureyri


                          Skagafjörður, Northern Iceland

On the horizon is the island Drangey, where, in the Old Icelandic Grettis saga, the outlaw Grettir Ásmundarson spent the last years of his life, and was finally hunted down.