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Influences of pre-Christian mythology and Christianity on Old Norse poetry : a narrative study of Vafþrúðnismál

Author: Andrew McGillivray
Publisher: Kalamazoo : Medieval Institute Publications, [2018]
Series: Northern medieval world.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Eddic poem Vafþrúðnismál serves as a representation of early pagan beliefs or myths and as a myth itself; the poem performs both of these functions, acting as a poetic framework and functioning as sacred myth. In this study, the author looks closely at the journey of the Norse god Óðinn to the hall of the ancient and wise giant Vafþrúðnir, where Óðinn craftily engages his adversary in a life-or-death contest in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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McGillivray, Andrew, 1983- author.
Influences of pre-Christian mythology and Christianity on Old Norse poetry
Kalamazoo : Medieval Institute Publications, 2019
(DLC) 2018039324
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew McGillivray
ISBN: 9781580443364 1580443362
OCLC Number: 1077576918
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Iceland, 2015.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 218 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Abbreviations --
Acknowledgments --
1. Vafþrúðnir Who? --
2. Critical Contexts --
3. At Home in Ásgarðr --
4. The Guest Waits on the Floor --
5. Sitting on the Giant's Bench --
6. The Odinic Attack --
7. Looking to Alvíssmál --
8. Closing Time --
Bibliography --
Index
Series Title: Northern medieval world.
Responsibility: Andrew McGillivray.

Abstract:

The Eddic poem Vafþrúðnismál serves as a representation of early pagan beliefs or myths and as a myth itself; the poem performs both of these functions, acting as a poetic framework and functioning as sacred myth. In this study, the author looks closely at the journey of the Norse god Óðinn to the hall of the ancient and wise giant Vafþrúðnir, where Óðinn craftily engages his adversary in a life-or-death contest in knowledge.

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