Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Artifacts and General Archaeology

Heroic Legend and Onomastics: Hálfs saga, the Hildebrandslied and the Listerby Stones


Several years ago, Gregory Nagy, referring to epic heroes from Greek, Indian, Hittite and other traditions, commented, “These constructs – let us call them simply ‘characters’ for the moment – are in some ways radically dissimilar from each other. Even within a single tradition like Homeric poetry, heroes like Achilles and Odysseus seem worlds apart. […]

Burning Down the House Mythological Chaos and World Order on Gotlandic Picture Stones.


The Gotlandic picture stone monuments of the oldest type constitute a material manifestation of a “concept” which basically deals with world order and balance, from the single picture to the monument as a whole. This concept is detectable in myths, sagas and material culture alike. Only by paying more attention to the female agents of […]

Þur Sarriþu Þursa Trutin: Monster-fighting and Medicine in Early Medieval Scandinavia


Health and healing has not been prominent in research on Old Norse mythology, for the obvious reason that it is not prominent in our medieval mythological texts – in stark contrast to mainstream Christian mythological texts like the Gospels and saints‘ lives, where healing and disease are prominent both in their own right and as […]

Snake brooches of south Scandinavia Ørsnes types L1, L2, J and H3


“This is a study of south Scandinavian snake brooches, i.e. brooches of Mogens Ørsnes’s (1966) types L1 (S-shaped plate brooches), L2 (snake or ribbon-bow shaped plate brooches), J (oval plate brooches) and H3 (epaulet-shaped plate brooches). A database of 270 brooches, most from metal detector sites in south Scandinavia and most studied personally by the […]