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Author Archives: Terry Gunnell

PANTHEON? WHAT PANTHEON?

 
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This article might be regarded as a follow-up to several other papers and articles that the present author has presented in recent years on the subject of religious change and diversity in the Nordic countries during the Migration Period and Viking Age (see, for example, Gunnell 2007, 2010,2013 and forthcoming a). The papers in question echo in […]

The Background and Nature of the Annual and Occasional Rituals of the Ásatrúarfélag in Iceland

 
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Abstract. This paper is largely based on interviews which were taken with Jörmundur Ingi Hansen, and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the last two allsherjagoðar (high priests) of the Icelandic Ásatrúarfélag (a society which involves the active worship of the Old Nordic gods). The interviews focused on the nature and background of the rituals and prayers used […]

Narratives, Space and Drama: Essential Spatial Aspects Involved in the Performance and Reception of Oral Narrative

 
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In the past, oral narratives tended to be regarded as a two-dimensional phenomenon largely confined to the form of the spoken (or later) printed word. Over the last twenty years, however, oral narratives have gradually gained “thickness” in the eyes of folklore scholars who have increasingly demanded that more attention be paid to the social […]

Ritual Space. Ritual Year. Ritual Gender: A View of the Old Norse and New Icelandic Ritual Year

 
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The roots of this paper go back in part to a short chapter I was recently asked to write fora  book about Iceland in the present day.  In the chapter in question, which dealt with modern day Icelandic festivals, I underlined the importance of the sense of family for Icelandic society, and not least the […]

Grýla, Grýlur, “Groleks” and Skeklers: Medieval Disguise Traditions in the North Atlantic?

 
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“One of the oldest Icelandic folk traditions- if not the oldest- is that connected with the figure of Grýla, the hideously ugly, ever-ravenous mother of the Icelandic Jólasveinar (Christmas Lads) In modern day Iceland, Grýla is well-known to all young children.  Along with the dreaded jólaköttur (Christmas Cat).  She annually strikes terror in the hearts […]

Hof, Halls, Goðar and Dwarves: An Examination of Ritual Space in the Pagan Icelandic Hall

 
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An investigation into the Icelandic hall and farmhouse and it’s role and potential transformation into a sacred space during specific ritual times. Originally Published: (2001). Cosmos. 17:1 (June 2001) Terry Gunnell: https://hi.academia.edu/TerryGunnell

Season of the Dísir: Winternights and the Dísablót in Early Medieval Scandinavian Belief

 
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The purpose of this article is to analyse the nature and role of two ancient Scandinavian festivals which are connected to certain female spirits known as the Dísir, one of which is connected with the start of winter (“The Winter Nights”) and the other to the beginning of the spring.  First of all, however, a […]