Start Date

23-3-2011 3:00 PM

End Date

23-3-2011 6:00 PM

Description

Medieval Icelandic manuscripts preserve poems that speak of a hall presided over by the warrior-god Óðinn (Odin) and populated by élite Viking warriors who have died gloriously in battle.

Viking-Age picture-stones (bildstenar) erected in memory of the dead on Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, contain depictions of warriors being welcomed to a great hall.

How was this hall envisaged in the Viking Age? Would it have been conceived of as a typical Viking-Age building or as something more exotic?

This poster explores these questions.

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Mar 23rd, 3:00 PM Mar 23rd, 6:00 PM

A Test Case in Comparing Textual Evidence with Evidence from Material Culture: Conceptions of Valhǫll

Medieval Icelandic manuscripts preserve poems that speak of a hall presided over by the warrior-god Óðinn (Odin) and populated by élite Viking warriors who have died gloriously in battle.

Viking-Age picture-stones (bildstenar) erected in memory of the dead on Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, contain depictions of warriors being welcomed to a great hall.

How was this hall envisaged in the Viking Age? Would it have been conceived of as a typical Viking-Age building or as something more exotic?

This poster explores these questions.