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Bárðar saga as a source for reconstruction of pre-Christian religion?

Bárðar saga as a source for reconstruction of pre-Christian religion?

Paper by Eldar Heide

Given at the second meeting of the Old Norse Folklorist Network, University of Tartu, Estonia, on December 1, 2012

Outline of Lecture:

Methodological considerations

  • Our source situation and alternatives
  • Certainty and uncertainty

Useful information from Bárðar saga?

  • Information directly relevant to Old Scandinavian religion?
  •  … or to a different part of Old Scandinavian religion?
  • ‘Keys’ that can help us see patterns we could otherwise not notice in the best sources?

Conclusion

See also Eldar Heide’s website

Eldar Heide

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