Reflections on Old Norse Myths

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Pernille Hermann, Jens Peter Schjødt, Rasmus Tranum Kristensen
Brepols, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 176 pages
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When seeking to understand the function of mythology in the pagan past and in medieval Iceland scholars are confronted with the problem of how sources from the Middle Ages can properly be used. The articles in this volume demonstrate diverse angles from which Old Norse mythological texts can be viewed. Many discuss methodological problems in dealing with the texts and draw on expertise from different fields of study such as history, philology, literary studies, and history of religions. The authors are all established experts in the field, but demonstrate new approaches to the study of Old Norse mythology, and offer insights into possible new directions for research.

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Contents

hlendingabok and History
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Christians Continue to Find Pagan Myths Useful?
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Male or Female Initiation? The Strange Case of Ragnarssaga
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anaphrodisiac Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Angrboda argued Aslaug Asynja Asynjur Aurgelmir Baldr battle Bergelmir Bestla Brynhildr C. L. Wrenn charms chieftain Christian Chronicon Fontanellense Clunies Ross Codex Regius context Copenhagen culture curse death Denmark Edda eddic poems eddic poetry einherjar Fafnir Faulkes Fenrir Flateyjarbok Fornaldarsaga Freyja Freyr Frigg Gennep Gerd Weber giantess giants gods Greenland Gregory Nagy Grimstad Gunnr Gylfaginning Hadingus Hdttatal Healfdene heathen Heimskringla heiti Hildr Hindarfjall historian of religions Ibn Fadlan Icelandic Literature interpretation Islendingabok jEsir kennings King kinship lawspeaker Lindow literary literature lodbrok Lokasenna Loki Loki's Maeshowe magic marriage McKinnell McTurk medieval Medieval Iceland Meulengracht Sorensen Mitchell motif mythical narrative Niflheimr Nine Herbs Charm non-giants Nordic Norse mythology Norse myths OcHnn Odense University Odin Odinn Old English Old Icelandic Old Norse literature Old Norse mythology Old Norse myths Old Norse religion Olsen Oslo pagan poetic Poetic Edda poetry poets pre-Christian Ragnarok Ragnarr Ragnars saga refers relation religious Rerir Rindr rites ritual sagas of Icelanders Scandinavian Schjodt seems seidr shamanism Sigurdr skald skaldic skaldic poetry skaldic verse Skdldskaparmdl Skirnir's Skirnismdl Snorra Edda Snorri Snorri Sturluson social sources stanza Steinsland structure Surtr thus tradition University of Aarhus University of Manitoba University Press Uppsala Valholl valkyrie valkyrie names Vanir Viking Viking Age Volsung Vqlsunga saga warrior Woden woman Ymir Ynglinga saga Ynglingatal

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