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Myth, Materiality, and Lived Religion (häftad)

Myth, Materiality, and Lived Religion

In Merovingian and Viking Scandinavia

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The authors of the present volume, Myth, Materiality, and Lived Religion, focus on the material dimension of Old Norse mythology and the role played by myths in everyday life. More broadly expressed, the collection looks at the social, ceremonial and material contexts of myths. This topic has been underexplored in previous research on Old Norse myths, despite its important theoretical implications. However, discussions around materiality, in a more general sense, have for a long time been signifi cant for historians of religion, especially archaeologists. Myth, Materiality, and Lived Religion seeks to make the case for the relevance of materiality to literary historians and philologists as well.

Questions relating to the theme of materiality and lived religion are posed in this book, including:

  • What do myths tell us about the material culture of the periods in which they were narrated?

  • What role did myths or mythical beings play in connection to, for instance, illnesses and remedies during the Viking Period and the Middle Ages?

  • How did ordinary people experience participation in a more formal sacrifi cial feast led by ritual specialists?

The editors of this book are all associated with the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Genders Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.
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Klas Wikstrm af Edholm is doctoral student in History of Religions at bo Akademi University. His current research focuses on the occurrence of human sacrifices in Old Norse religion.
ORCID: Peter Jackson Rova is Professor of the History of Religions at Stockholm University. Among his recent publications are the two edited volumes Transforming Warriors: The ritual Organization of Military Force (with Peter Haldn) (Routledge 2016) and Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice: Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond (with Anna-Pya Sjdin) (Equinox 2016).
ORCID: Andreas Nordberg is Associate Professor of History of Religions at Stockholm University, and archaeologist. His research focuses on religion in ancient Scandinavia.


 introduction (andreas nordberg, klas wikström af edholm and olof sundqvist)


gold is red: Sigurðarkviða en skamma  49-50 (Merrill Kaplan)

Response by Agneta Ney

halls, gods, and giants: the enigma of gullveig in óðinn’s hall (tommy kuusela)

Response by Eldar Heide

mercury – wotan – óðinn: one or many? (jens peter schjødt)

Response by Peter Jackson Rova


myth on stone and tapestry: ragnarøk in pictures? (anders hultgård)

Response by John Lindow

ormhäxan , dragons, parturition and tradition (stephen mitchell)

Response by Judy Quinn

re-interpretations of gotlandic picture stones based on the reflectance transformation imaging method (rti): some examples (sigmund oehrl)

Response by Anne-Sofie Gräslund

gold foil figures and norse mythology: fact and fiction? (margrethe watt)

Response by Olof Sundqvist


finitude: human and animal sacrifice in a norse setting (christina fredengren and camilla löfqvist)

Response by Klas Wikström af Edholm

understanding embodiment through lived religion: a look at vernacular physiologies in an old norse milieu (frog)

Response by Margaret Clunies Ross

animals and the Blót in the Old Norse Sources and Ritual Depositions of Bones from Archaeological Sites (Ola Magnell)

Response by Kristin Armstrong Oma

configurations of religion in late iron age and viking age scandinavia (andreas nordberg)

Response by Maths Bertell

tangible religion: amulets, illnesses, and the demonic seven sisters (rudolf simek)

Response by Olof Sundqvist

what does óðinn do to the Túnriðor? An Interpretation of Hávamál 155 (Frederik Wallenstein)

Response by Terry Gunnell