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Norse Mythology

King Gylfi asks the Gods about Norse mythology – from an 18th-century ms now in the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland.

King Gylfi asks the Gods about Norse mythology – from an 18th-century ms now in the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland.

with Dr Heather O’Donoghue (Oxford University)

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 9th March 2013.

This study day will focus on the mythology of the medieval North. We will begin by looking at what is meant by the term “myth”, moving on to the myths themselves - dramatic stories about the gods and giants, and conceptions of the beginning of the world and its end - and concluding with a survey of what Norse myth has meant to post-medieval audiences.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Old Norse myth: what is it, and where did it come from?  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Gods and Giants  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Creation and Apocalypse  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 What happened next? The afterlife of Old Norse myth  
  16:20 Close  

About Dr Heather O’Donoghue

Heather O’Donoghue is Vigfusson Rausing Reader in Old Norse-Icelandic literature at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College. Her primary field of research is Old Norse-Icelandic literature, that is, the poetry and prose of medieval Iceland and Norway. Recent publications include Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: a short introduction (Blackwell 2004); Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative (Oxford University Press 2005) and From Asgard to Valhalla (IB Tauris

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

O’Donoghue, H., From Asgard to Valhalla (I.B.Tauris 2007).
Faulkes, A. (tr.), Snorri Sturluson: Edda (The Prose Edda) (London 1987).
Larrington, C. (tr.), The Poetic Edda (Oxford, 1999)
Lindow, J., Norse Mythology (Oxford 2001).
Orchard, A., Cassell’s Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend (London 1997).
Turville-Petre, E.O.G., Myth and Religion of the North (New York 1964).


Please phone or email to check the availability of places. Study Days are 38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition. Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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