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The world of Orcadian runecarvers: the Western Sea, the South of the land, and Jerusalem

The world of Orcadian runecarvers: the Western Sea, the South of the land, and Jerusalem

Paper by Andrea Freund

Recorded by the Institute of Northern Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands on August 26, 2020.

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Abstract: This talk focuses on research which was conducted as part of Dr Andrea Freund’s recently finished PhD project with the Institute for Northern Studies. It discusses runic inscriptions from Orkney and what they can tell a modern reader about the world the runecarvers lived in: their language and names, their religion, their mental geographies, and the role social status played for them.

You can learn more about Andrea Freund’s work through her blog Orkney Runes

Top Image: Runes from Maeshowe in Orkney – photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Kulturmiljöbild, Riksantikvarieämbetet

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