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‘Viking’ Humour

‘Viking’ Humour

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.

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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.

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