Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Elleborus in Anglo-Saxon England, 900–1100: Tunsingwyrt and Wodewistle


This article examines the meanings of the Latin word elleborus in later Anglo-Saxon England. They prove to have varied, from Ælfric’s implicit assertion around 1000 that elleborus had no vernacular Old English counterpart, to the association by the translator of the Old English Herbarium, perhaps around 900, of elleborus albus with tunsingwyrt, which seems to […]

Madness, Medication — and Self-Induced Hallucination? Elleborus (and Woody Nightshade) in Anglo-Saxon England, 700–900


Studies what Anglo-Saxons in around 700–900 understood by the Latin plant-name elleborus, looking particularly at Aldhelm’s Latin riddle Elleborus, which suggests that the word was understood to denote woody nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). It examines the semantics of Old English words that gloss elleborus in earlier Anglo-Saxon sources: wedeberge, ceasteræsc, ceasterwyrte, and ælfþone. The article finds evidence for the presence of a copy of […]

Elves in Anglo Saxon England: Matters of Belief, Health, Gender, and Identity

The Psychological and Mythic Unity of the God Óðinn


The picture presented to us of the god Óðinn by Snorri Sturluson and Saxo Grammaticus is complex and many-sided to an extreme degree.  He is simultaneously god of magic, poetry, and death with affinities to fertility deities, god of war and father of the gods and man, with a reputation for a highly capricious nature. […]

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


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:

Lokrur, Lóðurr and Late Evidence


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 […]

Mead-halls of the Eastern Geats: Elite Settlements and Political Geography AD 375–1000 in Östergötland, Sweden

Gods of High Places and Deep Romantic Chasms: Introductory remarks to a study of the landscape situation of Bronze Age sacriicial sites in the Lake Mälaren area


“This paper outlines work in progress with the Bronze Age sacriicial sites of the Lake Mälaren provinces in Sweden. The project’s goals are twofold: a) to understand the landscape rules behind the siting of deposits, and thereby b) to develop predictive model that would allow scholars to ind undisturbed Bronze Age deposits without the aid of farmers, dredgers […]