Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Artifacts and General Archaeology


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

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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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

 
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“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 […]