Saturday, April 29, 2017

Textual and Literary Analysis

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‘Edda and “Oral Christianity”: Apocryphal Leaves of the Early Medieval Storyworld of the North’

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Until the end of the eleventh century Scandinavia was still to a large extent an unknown and frightening world to the Western Church. From around 1100, however, under the age of the crusading movement, it quickly became a firmly integrated part of Latin Christianity and of the culture of Carolingian heritage This transformation of Northern […]

Continuity: Folklore’s Problem Child?

 
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Abstract: : This essay examines the role of continuity in the study of medieval Northern popular cultural. Among other issues, it questions: the nature of continuity as a concept; the roles “tradition” and “continuity” have played in the development of folklore studies historically (e.g. Finnish Historical-Geographic Method, the “superorganic”) and their value today in relation […]

We Need To Talk About Gefjun: Toward a new etymology of an Old Icelandic theonym

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The name of a deity often reveals something of their character, and can shed light on obscure elements in the mythology. Unfortunately the prehistory of a word is itself often obscure, and care must be taken not to project a meaning onto a word that was never truly there. The goddess name Gefjun has long […]

Studying Religion-Concepts, Methods and Dilemmas

 
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My paper aims at addressing some of the problems and challenges faced by the study of religion(s) and at presenting briefly the academic context of that study. Originally published: (February, 2009) Confluence. Iterdisciplinary Communications 2007/2009.  Willy Østreng (ed). Centre for Advanced Study. http://www.cas.uio.no/publications_/confluence.php

“I Have Long Desired to Cure You of Old Age” Sibling Drama in the Later Heroic Poems of the Edda

 
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The current decade in medieval studies, both literary and historical, has brought what has been characterized as the “affective turn.” It problematizes our understanding of past emotions and feelings in the light of new research into biological and psychological universals, while remaining aware that, within what Barbara Rosenwein has characterized as “emotional communities”, emotion and […]

Vafþrúðnismál and Grímnismál: Cosmic History, Cosmic Geography

 
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Óðinn is the protagonist of both these poems, which follow Hávamál in the Codex Regius. In Vafþrúðnismál he visits teh giant Vafþrúðnir in disguise to compete with him in a wisdom-contest in which the stake is the loser´s head.  Once he has established (by posing some questions about mythological facts) that Óðinn is a worthy […]

The Orcadian Links of Snorra Edda: Norse Literature in Orkney?

 
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Download From her Site This article looks at the evidence for connections between Iceland and Orkney, and the influence this may have had on Snorri’s Edda.   Originally Published: Snorres Edda I Europeisk og Islandsk Kultur. RitstjóriþRedaktor: Jon Gunnar Jørgensen. Reykholt Snorrastofa, Cultural and Medieval Centre. (2009). Judith Jesch: https://nottingham.academia.edu/JudithJesch

Lokrur, Lóðurr and Late Evidence

 
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In the previous issue of RMN Newsletter, Frog had some interesting things to say about Þrymskviða and rímur poetry in late medieval Iceland. I think the idea of identifying common themes and stylistic features in rímur and eddic poems is a promising one and I look forаard to readТng more about Frog‘s research in this […]


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