Research Group for Medieval Philology

Moving Words in the Nordic Middle Ages (2019)

Moving Words in the Nordic Middle Ages: Tracing Literacies, Texts, Verbal Communities. Edited by Amy Mulligan and Else Mundal. Acta Scandinavica 8. Turnhout: Brepols, 2019.

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Moving Words comprises thirteen chapters that demonstrate the different ways words move individuals and create larger social and political communities through the dissemination of texts and their performances with a focus on the Nordic Middle Ages. Co-edited by Else Mundal, professor emerita at the University of Bergen, and Amy Mulligan, formerly a postdoctoral research at the University of Bergen and presently at the University of Notre Dame, the book contains eight chapters come from members of the research group:

  • Else Mundal, “Medieval Nordic Backgrounds: Written Culture in an Oral Society”
  • Aidan Conti, “Creating Absence: The Representation of Writing in Early Histories of the North”
  • Åslaug Ommundsen, “Tracing Scribal Centres in Medieval Norway”
  • Jonas Wellendorf, “Letters from Kings: Epistolary Communication in the Kings’ Sagas (until c. 1150)”
  • Kristel Zilmer, “Gyrðir á lykil (Gyrðir owns the key): Materialized Moments of Communication in Runic Items in Medieval Bergen”
  • Helen Leslie-Jacobsen, “Ǫrvar-Oddr’s Ævikviða and the Genesis of Ǫrvar-Odds saga
  • Ingvil Brügger Budal, “’Blood flying and brains falling like rain’: Chivalric Conflict Gone Norse”
  • Else Mundal, “From Oral to Written in Old Norse Culture: Questions of Genre, Contact, and Continuity”