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SINCE I BEGAN BLOGGING, I have been asked many questions about medieval Norse history, culture, and mythology. Below are some of the most interesting and informative questions that I have been asked over the years, organized by their relevant subjects.  You may view them all, though, at Sagas, Skalds, and Things.


(TOP QUESTIONS) ASK ESSAYS, The Questions that became More:

  1. Snorri Sturluson: Keeping the Old Alive with the New.
  2. The Old Gods and the New: Sitting on the Spiritual Fence.
  3. Spears, Groves, and Hanged Men: A Discussion of Historical Sacrifices to Odin.
  4. Children, Adulthood, and the Social Functions of Arm-rings in the Viking Age.
  5. A Discussion of Gluttony in Norse Mythology.
  6. On Landvættir: An Exploration of Primary Source Examples and Suggestions for Further Reading.

HISTORY (SOCIETY, LAW, GENDER, AND MORE):

  1. A Discussion of Ergi/Argr in Terms of Society and Sagas
  2. The Ylfings
  3. Children, Adulthood, and the Social Functions of Arm-rings in the Viking Age.
  4. On the Conversion of Iceland: Confirming a Documentary.
  5. Viking Age Arts and Crafts.
  6. Primary Sources about Women/ Could They Attend Assemblies?
  7. More About the Vikings in Ireland.
  8. On Social Classes: Thrall, Karl, and Jarl.
  9. “Rights of women in Viking times?”

MYTHOLOGY:

  1. Spears, Groves, and Hanged Men: A Discussion of Historical Sacrifices to Odin
  2. Breaking Down Gender Boundaries in Norse Mythology and Lore
  3. Unravelling Gullveig
  4. Information about the Norns
  5. Are there any symbols used specifically for Loki with historical proof?
  6. A Discussion of Gluttony in Norse Mythology.
  7. Freyja in Selected Primary Sources.
  8. Freyr in Selected Primary Sources. (A Collaboration with Anothersusurrus).
  9. On Landvættir: An Exploration of Primary Source Examples and Suggestions for Further Reading.
  10. Odin as a Wanderer in Non-Eddic Sources.
  11. “Do you know of any kinds of mermaids or sirens or other sea dwellers in Norse myth?”
  12. Birch and Oak in Norse Mythology.
  13. “Could you tell me a bit about strong women in the viking age or mythology?”
  14. “Can you tell something more about ice/fire giants?”
  15. “Notes on Valkyries and the like?”

OLD NORSE:

  1. “How would one ‘norse-ify’ a name?” (A Collaboration with Thorraborinn).
  2. REPLY: “Should we use ö, o, or ǫ for the first vowel in Voluspa?”
  3. “How far should we go to preserve old Norse Orthography?”
  4. “How similar are the Old Norse words to the Icelandic?”
  5. “How did vikings call themselves (is it different by country/area?)?”
  6. Old Norse Greetings: ‘Heill’ and ‘Heilsa’.
  7. “About the víkingr/víking post, out of interest – do we have dates on when the words were first attested?” (Related to Runes).

SKALDS AND SKALDIC POETRY:

  1. “What does it take to be a skald?”

SAGAS:

  1. “Why is there antipathy between the Njalssons and Thrain?” (Njal’s Saga)

RESOURCES:

  1. Resources Regarding the Conversion of Scandinavia.
  2. A List of Sagas.
  3. “How did you start in norse history things?”
  4. “Could you recommend any books on Vikings/old Norse stuff/ Icelandic sagas/ basically any of the stuff you talk about?”
  5. REPLY: Additional Old Norse Resources. (Collaboration with Edderkopper).


This page was last updated on: 08 SEP, 2017. 

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