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Monograph

Description

In this study, McGillivray explores the cultural environment in which the Eddic poem Vafþrúðnismál was composed and re-examines the relationship between form and content in the poem and the respective influences of pre-Christian beliefs and Christian religion on the text. The poem has a dual aspect, acting as a poetic framework and functioning as a sacred story. It serves both as a representation of early pagan beliefs or myths and also as a myth itself, relating 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. The dialogue continues to captivate those enthusiastic about myth and history in the present, even as it did the medieval audiences who heard it.

Publication Date

9-30-2018

Publisher

Medieval Institute Publications

City

Kalamazoo

ISBN

9781580443364

Keywords

Old Norse mythology, Eddic poetry, time, paganism, Christianity

Disciplines

European History | Medieval Studies | Scandinavian Studies

Citation for Published Book

McGillivray, Andrew Edward. Influences of Pre-Christian Mythology and Christianity on Old Norse Poetry: A Narrative Study of Vafþrúðnismál. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018.

Influences of Pre-Christian Mythology and Christianity on Old Norse Poetry: A Narrative Study of Vafþrúðnismál

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