IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 215: In Addition to Daily Bread, II: More Than Just a Drink - Ale as a Necessity of Scandinavian Life

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:'Creating the New North' Research Programme, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
Organiser:Sigrun Høgetveit Berg, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Norwa
Moderator/Chair:Sigrun Høgetveit Berg, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Norwa
Paper 215-aMagical Ale: Purpose and Function in Old Norse Runic Inscription and Literary Depictions
(Language: English)
Karoline Kjesrud, Institutt for lingvistiske og nordiske studier, Universitetet i Oslo
Karoline Kjesrud, Institutt for lingvistiske og nordiske studier, Universitetet i Oslo
Karoline Kjesrud, Institutt for lingvistiske og nordiske studier, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Daily Life, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 215-bLegal Ale: Brewing and Drinking in Scandinavian Laws
(Language: English)
Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Index terms: Daily Life, Law
Paper 215-c'The Germans in Bergen drink what they can get, but it is hardly to be called wine': So What Did the Norwegians Drink?
(Language: English)
Erik Opsahl, Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Erik Opsahl, Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Erik Opsahl, Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Social History
Paper 215-dFour Vikings Walk into a Bar: The 'Vomit Motif', Medieval Icelandic Drinking Culture, and the Ethos of Control in Old Norse Literature
(Language: English)
Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Abstract

Ale was brewed for everyday life and for great occasions. But it was more than just a drink in Scandinavian society. This session will try to trace various dimensions to the brewing and the drinking, by looking at alcoholic drink among the northerners from different angles through the medieval period. The papers will look into magical ale in runic inscriptions, images and poetry, the legal ale regulated in the laws and the results of the actual drinking, as seen in different conflicts over the question of what to drink.