Old Norse Images of Women

Overview

Working from the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, and Old Norse prose narratives and laws, Jenny Jochens argues for an underlying cultural continuum of a pagan pantheon and a set of heroic figures shared by the Germanic tribes in Europe, Britain, Scandinavia, and Iceland from AD 500 to 1500. Old Norse Images of Women explores the female half of this legacy, which involves images both divine and human.
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Overview

Working from the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, and Old Norse prose narratives and laws, Jenny Jochens argues for an underlying cultural continuum of a pagan pantheon and a set of heroic figures shared by the Germanic tribes in Europe, Britain, Scandinavia, and Iceland from AD 500 to 1500. Old Norse Images of Women explores the female half of this legacy, which involves images both divine and human.
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The warrior, the wise woman, the avenger, and the whetter or inciter are the four conventional female types that Jochene (history, Towson State U.) distills from the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, Icelandic sagas, other Old Norse prose narratives, and laws. She places them in the cultural continuum of a pagan pantheon and a set of heroic figures shared by Germanic tribes across northern Europe between 500 and 1500. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812233582
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Germanic-Nordic Continuum 12
Divine Images
2 Ancient Female Figures 33
3 The Classical Nordic Pantheon: Goddesses and Gender 49
Human Images
4 The Warrior Woman 87
5 The Prophetess/Sorceress 113
6 The Avenger 132
7 The Whetter: Brynhildr 162
8 The Nordic Whetter 174
Conclusion 205
Appendix 1 Sources 217
Latin Evidence 217
Runes 218
Northern Vernacular Writing 218
Appendix 2 Historiography of Norse Women 234
Abbreviations 241
Notes 245
Bibliography 293
Index 321
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