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Saga and East Scandinavia: Preprint papers of The 14th International Saga Conference

Saga and East Scandinavia: Preprint papers of The 14th International Saga Conference

Edited by Agneta Ney, Henrik Williams and Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist

Gävle: Gävle University Press, 2009

In August 2009, Uppsala University hosted the 14th International Saga Conference. Papers from the conference have now been made available online and can be downloaded as PDF files in two parts:

Part 1 – pages 1 to 550

Part 2 – pages 551 to 1081

Here is a list of English-language papers which have been published in full in this volume:


Part 1

Karelia, Finland and Austrvegr, by Sirpa Aalto and Ville Laakso

Dancing Images from Medieval Iceland, by Aðalheiður Guðmundsdóttir

Outlaws, women and violence. In the social margins of saga literature, by Joonas Ahola

The Formation of the Kings’ Sagas, by Theodore M. Andersson

Why be afraid? On the practical uses of legends, by Ármann Jakobsson

Writing origins: the development of communal identity in some Old Norse foundation-myths and their analogues in Guta saga, by Robert Avis

Individuality and Iconography: Jakob Sigurðsson’s Renderings of Codex Upsaliensis f.26v, by Patricia A. Baer

St. Óláfr and his Enemies in the Saga Tradition, by Sverre Bagge

“Gofuct dýr ec heiti”: Deer Symbolism in Sigurðr Fáfnisbani?, by Massimiliano Bampi

Muslims in Karlamagnúss saga and Elíss saga ok Rósamundar, by Bjørn Bandlien

Byzantium in the riddarasögur, by Geraldine Barnes

The World West of Iceland in Medieval Icelandic Oral Tradition, by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

What do the norns actually do?, by Karen Bek-Pedersen

Ásmund á austrvega: The Faroese Oral Tradition on Ásmund and its Relation to the Icelandic Saga, by Chiara Benati

The ‘Other’ and the Noble Heathen: Ambiguous Representations of Grettir and Finnbogi, by Lisa Bennett


The Good, the Bad and the Devil! On rewriting a Religious Motif in some Virgin Martyr Legends, by Kjersti Bruvoll

Negotiations of Space and Gender in Brennu-Njáls Saga, by Katrina Burge

The Secret Lives of Lawspeakers: the portrayal of lögsögumenn in the Íslendingasögur, by Hannah Burrows

Vatnsdoela saga and Onomastics: the case of Ingimundr Þorsteinsson, by Jörg Büschgens

Sagas and Archaeology in the Mosfell Valley, Iceland, by Jesse L. Byock

An Icelandic Genesis, by Betsie A.M. Cleworth

Poets and Ethnicity, by Margaret Clunies Ross

Passing Time and the Past in Grettis Saga Ásmundarsonar, by Jamie Cochrane

Editing the Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda, by Matthew J. Driscoll

Anatomies off the Map: “Secret and distant freaks” and the Authorization of Identity in Medieval Icelandic and Irish Literature, by Amy Eichhorn-Mulligan


Which came first – the smith or the shaman? Volundarkviða, craftspeople and central place complexes, by Leif Einarson

Love affairs versus Social Status: A Theme in Kormáks saga?, by Elín Bára Magnúsdóttir

The ethical map of the Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar, by Alexey Eremenko

Reception and function of stories about the East, by Stefka G. Eriksen

From saga to Chronicle: Motif Migration inside Medieval Scandinavia, by Fulvio Ferrari

Narrative Trajectories between Nodal Points in the Cultural Landscape – The Eriksgata of King Ingjald, by Svante Fischer

Snorri Sturluson and oral traditions, by Frog

The Good, the Bad and the Undead: New Thoughts on the Ambivalence of Old Norse Sorcery, by Leszek Gardeła


Sensory deceptions. Concepts of mediality in the Prose Edda, by Jürg Glauser

On the Reception of Eastern Europe in Pre-Literate Iceland, by Galina Glazyrina

Saintly Exile: the commemoration of King Óláfr inn helgi in the poetry of Heimskringla, by Erin Goeres

Recreating Tradition: Sigvatr Þórðarson’s Víkingarvísur and Óttarr svarti’s Hofuðlausn, by Jonathan Grove

Alternative criteria for the dating of the sagas of Icelanders, by Guðrún Nordal

Ansgar’s Conversion of Iceland, by Terry Gunnell

Egill Skalla-Grímssonr on the Library Site in Trondheim?, by Jan Ragnar Hagland

More inroads to pre-Christian notions, after all? The potential of late evidence, by Eldar Heide

A Short Report from the Project on Codex Upsaliensis of Snorra Edda, by Heimir Pálsson

Law recital according to Old Icelandic law: Written evidence of oral transmission?, by Helgi Skúli Kjartansson


Hjarta sjónir. Ekphrasis and medium in Líknarbraut, by Kate Heslop

The Herjólfr Legend from Härjedalen and Its Resemblances to the Stories of Landnámabók, by Olof Holm

Sörla saga sterka and Rafn’s edition, by Silvia Hufnagel

Odin – an immigrant in Scandinavia?, by Anders Hultgård

The Gosforth Fishing-Stone and Hymiskviða: An Example of Inter-Communicability between the Old English and Old Norse Speakers, by Tsukusu Itó

Aldeigjuborg of the sagas in the light of archaeological data, by Tatjana N. Jackson

The Sea-Kings of Litla Skálda, by Judith Jesch

Royal Women and the Friðgerðarsaga Episode, by Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir

Biörner’s edition of the Friðþjófs saga ins froekna, by Vera Johanterwage

Where Old West and Old East Norse literature meet. A project outline, by Regina Jucknies

Sweden of the Sagas, by Kári Gíslason

Sweden and the Swedes in English language surveys of the Viking period, by John Kennedy

Celtic and Continental handicraft traditions; Template use on Gotlandic Picture Stones analysed by 3D-scanning, by Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt

When small words make a big difference: On adaptation and transmission of texts in Late Medieval
manuscripts, by Elise Kleivane

Rune stones and Saga, by Lydia Klos

Sverris saga in Uppsala De la Gardie 3, by James E. Knirk

When was the Battle of Helgeå?, by Annette Kruhøffer

Frithjof and Röde Orm: Two Swedish Viking impersonations, by Hans Kuhn

Part 2

Mirrors of the Self – Deconstructing Bipolarity in the Late Icelandic Romances, by Hendrik Lambertus

Troll and Ethnicity in Egils saga, by Paul S. Langeslag

Stjúpmoeðrasögur and Sigurðr’s Daughters, by Carolyne Larrington

Scribal Presence in Eggertsbók and Modern Editorial Attitudes, by Emily Lethbridge

Gendered memory – Rune stones, early Christian grave monuments and the Sagas, by Cecilia Ljung

The Gutnic runkalender and the ancient system of time calculus, by Maria Cristina Lombardi

Óðinn’s Role as a Guarantor of Law and Order in Norse Texts, by Lorenzo Lozzi Gallo

Royal Descent from Odin, by Emily Lyle

“Archaic” Assonance in the Strophes of Ragnarr Loðbróks Family and Other Early Skalds, by Mikael Males

The kauphús of Peter the Apostle in leiðarvísir: A Market or a Scribal Error?, by Tommaso Marani

Kenn mér réttan veg til þess kastala er Artús konungr sitr í: References to Kingship in the Old French Conte du Graal and its Old Norse and Middle English Adaptations, by Suzanne Marti

The Valtari story in Þidriks Saga af Bern: sources and parallels, by Inna Matyushina

Overcoming Óðinn: the Conversion Episode in Njáls saga, by Bernadine McCreesh

Alu and hale II: ‘May Thor bless’, by Bernard Mees

Óláfr soenski and his skalds in Old Norse tradition, by Jakub Morawiec

Time-reckoning, ritual time and the symbolism of numbers in Adam of Bremen’s account of the great sacrifice in Old Uppsala, by Andreas Nordberg

Imagining the Kalmar union: Nordic politics as viewed from a late 15th-century Icelandic manuscript, by Hans Jacob Orning

Runic Literacy and Viking-age Orality, by Rune Palm

West Slavic toponyms in Knýtlinga saga: orthographic adaptations or orthographic mistakes?, by Aleksandra Petrulevich

The East as a Model for the West: Translation Method and Aims in Alexanders saga, by Jonatan Pettersson

Hair Loss, the Tonsure, and Masculinity in Medieval Iceland, by Carl Phelpstead

The Thidrekssaga and the birth of the first Russian state, by Alessio Piccinini

Suffering a sea-change: poetic justice in Egill’s Sonatorrek, by Debbie Potts

Betrothal and betrayal: the eddic tradition’s treatment of Sigurðr, by Judy Quinn

Grettir the Deep: Traditional Referentiality and Characterisation in the Íslendingasögur, by Slavica Ranković

The women and Óðinn, by Margareta Regebro

A Hagiographical Reading of Egils saga, by Philip Roughton

Coming to Grips with the Beast, by Carrie Roy

Brenna at UpsÄlum: the Denial of Cosmos., by Giovanna Salvucci

The “Wild East” in Late Medieval Icelandic Romances – Just a Prop(p)?, by Werner Schäfke

Man as the Measure of All Things: The Relationship Between Mankind and the Gods in Eddic Wisdom Poetry, by Brittany Schorn

Germanic alliteration and oral theory, by Michael Schulte

Saga Accounts of Violence-motivated Far-travel, by John Shafer

Per sortes ac per equum. Lot-casting and hippomancy in the North after saga narratives and medieval chronicles, by Leszek P. Słupecki

Fornaldarsögur and the concept of literacy, by Terje Spurkland

Aspects of editing skaldic verse: The case of Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings, by Rolf Stavnem

Sigurðr Fáfnisbani as commemorative motif, by Marjolein Stern

Is Óðinn really ‘alles fader’?, by Mathias Strandberg

Though this be madness, yet there’s method in’t: aspects of word order in skaldic kennings, by Ilya V. Sverdlov

Centre and Periphery in Icelandic Medieval Discourse, by Sverrir Jakobsson

The Versions of Böglunga saga, by Þorleifur Hauksson

Magic in sagas: the curses of Katla and Glámr, by Bernt Øyvind Thorvaldsen

Earl Hákon of Orkney’s Journey to Sweden, by Maria-Claudia Tomany

“Ærið gott gömlum og feigum.” Seeking death in Njáls saga, by Torfi H. Tulinius

Sturla the trickster, by Úlfar Bragason

The Genealogies of West-Icelandic Family Sagas and their relation to the Sturlung family, by Jens Ulff-Møller

From the History of the Obscene: Evident and concealed meanings of the nickname Þambarskelfir, by Fjodor Uspenskij

Hrólfs saga kraka – A History of Editing, by Tereza Vachunová

The Archaeological Material Culture behind the Sagas, by Helena Victor

The reproduction of Old Icelandic close front rounded vowels (, <ý> and ) in a 17th c. manuscript (AM 105 fol) of a part of Hauksbók (AM 371 4to), by Francesco Vitti

Further Remarks on Ohthere’s Beormas, by Vilmos Voigt

Estranged Bedfellows: Saga Scholarship and Archaeological Research in Iceland, by Elisabeth Ida Ward

Kormáks saga and the naming of Scarborough – a likely story?, by Diana Whaley

The Development of Skaldic Language, by Tarrin Wills

Parody and genre in sagas of Icelanders, by Kendra Willson

Towards a Diachronic Analysis of Old Norse-Icelandic Color Terms: The Cases of Green and Yellow, by Kirsten Wolf

Kenning construal as a criterion for the stemmatic analysis of the Codex Upsaliensis in the transmission of Snorra Edda, by Bryan Weston Wyly

Hildibrandr húnakappi and Ásmundr kappabani in Icelandic sagas and Faroese ballads, by Yelena Sesselja Helgadóttir-Yershova

Håkon Jarl Ivarsson and Roðr, by Torun Zachrisson

On the symbiosis of orality and literacy in some Christian rune stone inscriptions, by Kristel Zilmer


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