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Names of swords in Icelandic sagas
Linnéuniversitetet, Fakulteten för konst och humaniora (FKH), Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper (KV).
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion: University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017, 2017Konferansepaper, Oral presentation only (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Named weapons of different origin and purpose occur in the Old Norse mythology, and some of them are better known than others: Thor's hammer Mjolnir and Odin's spear Gungnir, just to name a few. But named weapons are also present in the more mundane Icelandic sagas, and it suggests that the practice of giving individual names to objects was something that occurred among real people in the Viking society. The named swords, spears and axes, which we can read about in the Icelandic sagas, are not portrayed as especially supernatural. They are, however, sometimes talked about in a special way and considered to be extraordinary in one way or another.What kind of name did people give to weapons, and what might have been the purposes for doing so? It is possible that some weapons told a story through their names and that they because of that also brought fame and glory to their owners. It is also conceivable, considered how some of the swords and spears are described in the Icelandic sagas, that named weapons were seen as almost life-like. This paper discusses some thoughts regarding named weapons in the sagas, the purposes for giving names, and if this practise might tell us something about how people in the Viking age viewed these named, possibly presumed life-like, objects.

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Old norse religion, Icelandic sagas, Viking Age society
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Humaniora, Religionsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68088OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68088DiVA, id: diva2:1143954
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EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion : University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017
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Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-09-24 Laget: 2017-09-24 Sist oppdatert: 2017-09-25bibliografisk kontrollert

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