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Ships and men in the late Viking Age : the vocabulary of runic inscriptions and skaldic verse

Author: Judith Jesch
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Runic inscriptions and skaldic verse provide copious contemporary evidence documenting the activities of men and their uses of ships in the late Viking Age: this book is a systematic and comparative study of this evidence. The core is a critical survey of the vocabulary of ships and their crews, of fleets and sailing and battles at sea, based on the runic and skaldic evidence from c.950-1100. This nautical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Skalendichtung
Terminology
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Jesch
ISBN: 0851158269 9780851158266
OCLC Number: 45422111
Description: xiv, 330 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction : Rocks and rhymes --
The Karlevi stone --
Runic inscriptions, skaldic verse and the late Viking Age --
Literacy and orality --
The runic corpus --
The skaldic corpus --
Verse in prose contexts --
Reconstructing viking verse --
The manuscript transmission --
Viking verse as a historical source --
Semantic study of skaldic verse and runic inscriptions --
Skaldic vocabulary in context --
Runes and semantics --
Comparative angles --
Sources and conventions --
Ships and men in the late Viking Age --
2. Viking activities --
Vikings --
víkingr --
víking --
Death and war --
'He died' --
Battles and raids --
The fall of warriors --
Trade --
Pilgrimage --
3. Viking destinations --
'East' and 'west' --
The western route --
'West' --
England --
Britain and Ireland --
Further west --
The European continent and further south --
Saxony and Frisia --
Brittany and points south --
Normandy and southern Italy --
Africa --
The eastern route --
'East' --
The Baltic area --
Russia --
Byzantium and Jerusalem --
Ingvarr's expedition --
Serkland --
Scandinavia --
Hedeby --
Denmark to Sweden --
Two more towns --
4. Ships and sailing --
Words for 'ship' --
skip --
skeiđ --
snekkja --
dreki --
knǫrr --
Oak and pine --
Miscellaneous words --
Summary --
Names of ships --
The ship and its parts --
The hull --
The stems --
Inside the hull --
Rudders, oars and shields --
Masts, sails and rigging --
In harbour and on land --
The vocabulary of sailing --
Description and metaphor --
Preparing and launching --
The ship in the sea --
Shipwreck and landing --
5. The crew, the fleet and battles at sea --
Manning a ship --
The owner --
The captain --
The crew --
The fleet and the troop --
liđ --
Compounds with -liđ --
fioti --
leiđangr --
The troop --
Units of the fleet --
Summary --
Battles at sea --
Maritime warfare --
Place and time --
Preliminaries to battle --
Bringing the ships together --
Attack and defence --
Victory and booty --
Not like leeks and ale --
6. Group and ethos in war and trade --
The group and its vocabulary --
drengr --
félagi --
heimþegi --
húskarl --
gildi --
The ideology of battle --
'He fled not' --
'He fed eagles, ravens and wolves' --
The symbolism of battle : ravens and banners --
Murder and betrayal --
Kinds of killing --
Treachery --
Loyalty --
Treachery and politics --
7. Epilogue : Kings and ships --
From vikings to kings --
Royal and other ships in the eleventh century --
After the Viking Age --
Conclusion --
Works cited --
Appendix I: The runic corpus --
Appendix II: The skaldic corpus --
Index of words and names --
General index.
Responsibility: Judith Jesch.
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A critical survey of the vocabulary of Viking ships and their crews, of fleets and sailing and battles at sea, based on the runic and skaldic evidence from c.950-1100, and studied within the context  Read more...

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A timely and impressive work, which will be indispensable to all students of Viking Age history and literature. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW [Eric Christiansen] An excellent survey, thoroughgoing, Read more...

 
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