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Tracing Old Norse Cosmology

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The world tree, middle earth and the sun in archaeological perspectives

 

Anders Andrén

The study of Old Norse religion is a truly multidisciplinary and international field of research. The rituals, myths, and narratives of pre-Christian Scandinavia have been studied and interpreted in detail by a vast number of scholars. They have long relied on the rich and varied Christian Icelandic literature from the Middle Ages, but a growing body of material culture from pagan Scandinavia has recently started to have an impact on current research.

In Tracing Old Norse Cosmology, Anders Andrén argues that the fundamental ideas of an ordered universe and notions of time and space in Old Norse religion can be studied in a dialogue between archaeology and the Icelandic narrative tradition. Ideas about the world tree, middle earth, and the sun can be traced in images and material culture from different parts of Scandinavian prehistory.

By combining these prehistoric representations with the later written record, Andrén offers a long view on Old Norse cosmology, including the periods of fundamental change. This fascinating and nuanced study is essential reading for all researchers in the field—archaeologists, art historians, and scholars of literature and religion—as well as anyone with an interest in Old Norse history.

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Beskrivning

Anders Andrén, f. 1952, är professor i arkeologi vid Stockholms universitet, och har tidigare varit lektor och professor i medeltidsarkeologi i Lund. Han har även varit gästforskare i Köpenhamn, Cambridge, Athen, Sydney, Uppsala och Heidelberg. Hans avhandling (1985) handlade om urbaniseringen i det medeltida Danmark. Därefter har han i sin forskning även ägnat sig åt historisk arkeologi i ett globalt perspektiv och religionsarkeologi, med inriktning mot förkristen nordisk religion. Han var en av tre projektledare för det tvärvetenskapliga forskningsprojektet Vägar till Midgård. Bland hans arbeten märks Between artifacts and texts. Historical archaeology in global perspective (1998), Old Norse religion in long-term perspectives. Origins, changes, and interactions (2006) och Tracing Old Norse Cosmology (2013).

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Bokserie

Vägar till Midgård

Boktyp

Inbunden

Författare

Anders Andrén

Illustrerad

Illustrerad i färg

ISBN

978-91-85509-38-6

Pris

239 kr

Sidantal

256 sid

Titel

Tracing Old Norse Cosmology: The world tree, middle earth and the sun in archaeological perspectives

Utgiven

2014