IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1342: Old Norse Proverbial Wisdom

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Viking Society for Northern Research
Organiser:Alison Finlay, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Alison Finlay, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1342-aThe Fool Monty: The Old Icelandic Fool as Agent of Cultural Memory
(Language: English)
Yoav Tirosh, Department of Viking & Medieval Norse Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Folk Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1342-bWhat's in a Proverb?: Norse Axiomatic Wisdom from Hávamál to the Margins of Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Christine Schott, Department of English, Erskine College, South Carolina
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1342-cBlaming Óðinn: A fornaldarsaga Topos
(Language: English)
Elizaveta Matveeva, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

This session addresses the subject of folk and proverbial wisdom across Old Icelandic literary genres, through the figure of the medieval fool in kings sagas and þættir, proverbial formulae used for blaming Óðinn in fornaldarsögur, and the origins and context of proverbial marginalia in the margins of a 16th-century poetry manuscript.