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Volund was here: A Myth Archaeologically Anchored in Viking Age Scania
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2018 (English)In: Old-Norse Mythology: Comparative Perspectives / [ed] Pernille Hermann, Stephen A. Mitchell, Jens Peter Schjødt, Amber J. Rose, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018, p. 139-162Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A recently discovered object from the Viking Age shows a winged human figure. It has been interpreted as a representation of Volund the smith and more specifically to the version of the legend found in Þiðreks saga. The context for the object is the center Uppåkra in Sweden, is compared with the context presented in saga. The article concludes that an audience in Viking Age Uppåkra would have felt at home with the winged man and the version in Þiðreks saga, but less familiar with the social setting for Volund presented in Vǫlundarkviða that represents a setting that would have been more easily understood further north in Mid-Sweden.

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Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018. p. 139-162
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Publications of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature ; 3
Keywords [en]
Volund mythological object, Viking Age
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Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150094ISBN: 9780674975699 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150094DiVA, id: diva2:1165109
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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