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  • 1.
    Nordberg, Andreas
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Högskolan i Gävle, Sverige.
    Förkristen jul – kalender och kult2008In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, no 4, 12-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    An arena for higher powers: ceremonial buildings and religious strategies for rulership in late iron age Scandinavia2016Book (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
    Anders Kaliff och Julia Mattes: Tempel och kulthus i det forna Skandinavien - myter och arkeologiska fakta2017In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, Vol. 100, no 4, 245-249 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Asarnas idrotter och religion2014In: Zlatan Frälsaren och andra texter om religion och idrott: en festskrift till David Westerlund / [ed] Susanne Olsson, Olof Sundqvist & David Thurfjell, Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei , 2014, 122-138 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
    Blod och blót: Blodets betydelse och funktion vid fornskandinaviska offerriter2017In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 68, 275-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, Snorri Sturluson’s description of the pre-Christian sacrifice of Hákonar saga góða 14–18 is discussed from a source-critical perspective with a focus on the sacrificial terminology, the bloody rites and the ritual objects used. In addition to this, I broaden my documentation to other sources that inform about the ancient Scandinavian sacrifices in order to investigate whether Snorri’s description is based on old traditions. In this context I also establish a broader comparative perspective, including Greek and Roman sources. During the latter part of the article the significance and function of sacrificial blood in the Viking Age religion is discussed, in which earlier interpretations are also taken into ac­count. The overall hypothesis is that the blood had an important significance in the Viking Age calendrical rituals in Scandinavia, just as Snorri suggests. In the kind of rites depicted by Snorri the blood was perceived as a sacrificial gift (i.e. “the divine part”) of a communion meal.

  • 6.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Contributions of the oldest runic inscriptions to the reconstruction of ancient Scandinavian religion: some methodological reflections with references to an example of the phenomenological category of "ritual specialists"2015In: Archäologie und runen: fallstudien zu inschriften im älteren futhark / [ed] Oliver Grimm, Alexandra Pesch, Kiel: Wachholtz Verlag, 2015, 121-143 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Custodian of the sanctuary: protecting sacred space as a ritual strategy for gaining legitimacy and power in pre-christian Scandinavia2015In: Rituals, performatives, and political order in Northern Europe, c. 650-1350 / [ed] Wojtek Jezierski, Lars Hermanson, Hans Jacob Orning, Thomas Småberg, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015, 113-135 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Den hammarliknande figuren på Forsaringen: En indikation på vikingatida Torskult i Hälsingland2017In: Mellannorrland i centrum: Språkliga och historiska studier tillägnade professor Eva Nyman / [ed] Lars-Erik Edlund, Elżbieta Strzelecka, Thorsten Andersson, Umeå: Institutionen för språkstudier, Umeå universitet , 2017, 209-240 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
    Frö - mer än en fruktbarhetsgud?2014In: Saga och sed: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademiens årsbok, ISSN 0586-5360, Vol. 2014, 43-67 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Gårdarna Hauge och Tu i Klepp: en kultplats med kvinnliga kultledare?2014In: Et Akropolis på Jæren? Tinghaugplatået gjennom jernalderen / [ed] Elna Siv Kristoffersen, Marianne Nitter, Einar Solheim Pedersen, Stavanger: Arkeologisk museum i Stavanger , 2014, 89-106 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Magic and Kingship in Medieval Iceland: The Construction of a Discourse of Political Resistance, written by Nicolas Meylan 2016In: Numen, ISSN 0029-5973, E-ISSN 1568-5276, Vol. 63, 329-333 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Nicolas Meylans Magic and Kingship in Medieval Iceland och en gryende tendens i nyare fornnordisk religionsforskning2016In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 65, 217-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
    On Freyr - the 'Lord' or 'the fertile one'? Some Comments on the Discussion of Etymology from the Historian of Religions' Point of View2017In: Onoma, ISSN 0078-463X, E-ISSN 1783-1644, Vol. 48, 11-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Recension av Mikael Males: Mytologi i skaldedikt, skaldedikt i prosa. En synkronanalys av mytologiska referenser i medeltida norröna handskrifter. Det humanistiske fakultet. Universitetet i Oslo. 2010.2015In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, Vol. 66, 219-224 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Religious and ideological aspects of hall interiors in late iron age2014In: Runsa Borg: representative life on a migration period hilltop site – a Scandinavian perpective / [ed] Michael Olausson, Östersund: Jengel , 2014, 109-144 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies. Högskolan i Gävle, Sverige.
    Snorri Sturluson as a historian of religions: The credibility of the descriptions of pre-Christian cultic leadership and rituals in Hákonar saga góða2013In: Snorri Sturlusson - Historiker, Dichter, Politiker / [ed] Heinrich Beck, Wilhelm Heizmann, Jan Alexander van Nahl, Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2013, 71-92 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the credibility of the descriptions of pre-Christian cultic leadership and rituals in Snorri Sturluson’s Hakonar saga goda. The perspective is one taken from the study of the history of religions. By using a comparative method, one which combines source criticism and philology, ancient ideas may be detected even within Snorri’s reconstruction. Scholars have interpreted these ideas by setting them in a wider source context. Here it is argued that several ideas in Snorri’s description in Hakonar saga goda may be attested in sources which are closer to the Viking Age, such as Skaldic poetry, runic inscriptions and archaeological finds. For instance, the idea that political leaders such as kings and earls were involved in public cults may be one based on ancient traditions. Snorri, too, was probably on firm ground when he stated that the rulers (at least the king) were supposed to take part in certain rituals while attending sacrificial feasts: rituals such as drinking ceremonies and meal customs perhaps such as the eating of horseflesh. That these ceremonies sometimes took place in some kind of cultic building or banqueting hall, such as described by Snorri, seems also likely. It is emphasized, however, that some elements in his text must be seen as suspect, as Olaf Olsen, Ernst Walter and Klaus Duwel have noted. These elements include certain religious terms, as well as the act of making the sign of the hammer over the horn. Generally, however, it is argued that Hakonar saga goda, if treated with care, may still be used as a source for pre-Christian religion.

  • 17.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    The Pre-Christian Cult of Dead Royalty in Old Norse Sources: Medieval Speculations or Ancient Traditions?2015In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, Vol. 66, 177-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    The Temple, the Tree, and the Well: A Topos or Cosmic Symbolism at Cultic Sites2017In: Old Norse Mythology: Comparative Perspectives / [ed] Pernille Hermann, Stephen A. Mitchell, Jens Peter Schjødt, Amber J. Rose, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017, 163-190 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
    Vapen, våld och vi-platser: Skändande av helgedomar som maktstrategi i det vikingatida Skandinavien2016In: Krig och fred i vendel- och vikingatida traditioner / [ed] Håkan Rydving, Stefan Olsson, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2016, 167-195 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Hultgård, Anders
    Jackson, Peter
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Rydving, Håkan
    Akademien granskar ...: Bruket av arkeologiska källor i nyare svensk religionshistorisk forskning om fornskandinavisk religion2015In: Saga och sed: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademiens årsbok, ISSN 0586-5360, 182-190 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Sundqvist, Gustav
    Asterix som myt och ideologi: om mytbegreppets tillämpbarhet vid studier av ungdomskulturen ideologiska dimensioner2015In: Det postsekulära klassrummet: mot ett vidgat religionskunskapsbegrepp / [ed] David Carlsson, Peder Thalén, Uppsala: Swedish Science Press , 2015, 151-166 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Sundqvist, Olof
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
    Vikstrand, Per
    Disevid och Distingen: Spår av östnordisk diskult?2014In: Den heliga platsen: Handlingar från symposiet Den heliga platsen, Härnösand 15-18 september 2011 / [ed] Eva Nyman, Jörgen Magnusson & Elzbieta Strzelecka, Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet , 2014, 153-178 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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