Lecture by Hannah Burrows
Given online by the University of Aberdeen on March 26, 2021
Do we share a sense of humour with Vikings? Dr Hannah Burrows talks about what might have made the Vikings laugh, and what was considered a serious matter in medieval Scandinavia. She will explore what puns, jokes, insults, and satire can tell us about early Scandinavian culture and social concerns.
Excerpt: What I would like to talk about to you today are two things. One, the problems and possibilities of accessing humor from the Viking Age; and one is to explain how humor about the Viking Age which is constructed in the medieval period perhaps still influences our view of the Viking Age today.
Hannah Burrows is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, where her main research focuses on the medieval North, particularly Old Norse-Icelandic literature, language, culture, and society. Click here to view her university webpage.
Top Image: Grettir depicted in an illustration from a 17th-century Icelandic manuscript.