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Folklore in Old Norse – Old Norse in Folklore
Series
Nordistica Tartuensia 20
Language
English
Editor
Daniel Sävborg, Karen Bek-Pedersen
Publisher
University of Tartu Press
Year
2014
Pages
187 p.
Format
160x240 mm.
ISBN
ISBN 978-9949-32-704-1
ISSN
1406-6149
Price
10,00 €
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During the 20th century, Old Norse philology has been strongly textually oriented. This is evident in saga scholarship, where the book-prose ideology turned the issue of the origin of individual sagas into an issue of direct influences from other written works. This focus has methodological advantages, but it has also meant that valuable folkloristic knowledge has been neglected. The present volume targets the advantages, the problems and the methods of using folklore material and theory in Old Norse scholarship.

An important theme in folklore is the encounter with the Supernatural, and such stories are indeed common in saga literature. Generally, however, scholars have tended to focus on feuds and the social structure of the sagas, and less on encounters with Otherworld beings. In this volume, the supernatural themes in the sagas are discussed by means of several approaches, some folkloristic, some traditionally philological.

CONTENTS:

* Daniel Sävborg, Karen Bek-Pedersen. Folklore in Old Norse – Old Norse in Folklore. Introduction
* Aðalheiður Guðmundsdóttir. The Other World in the Fornaldarsögur and in Folklore
* Stephen A. Mitchell. Continuity: Folklore’s Problem Child?
* Thomas A. DuBois. Anatomy of the Elite: “Learned” vs. “Folk” in the Analysis of Avowedly Pre-Christian Religious Elements in the Sagas
* Karen Bek-Pedersen. Reconstruction: On Crabs, Folklore and the History of Religion
* Annette Lassen. The Old Norse Contextuality of Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss: A Synoptic Reading with Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mesta
* Camilla Asplund Ingemark. The Trolls in Bárðar saga – Playing with the Conventions of Oral Texts?
* Ralph O’Connor. Bárðar saga Between Orality and Literacy
* Eldar Heide. Bárðar saga as a Source for Reconstruction of Pre-Christian Religion?
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