Henning Haglskær Kure
In broad lines and select details, this reading of Vǫluspá sketches out the poem as a meaningful whole by making use of a structural story model for textual analysis. The poem is thereby seen to express the grand existential scheme of a heathen worldview, giving rise along the way to new thoughts, suggestions, and speculations on issues of translation and interpretation that have engaged commentators for ages.
This article is the first in a three-part series that explores the borrowing of Proto-Germanic *þur(i)saz into Middle Proto-Finnic as *tur(i)sas, which designated a water monster and in Karelian epic parallels Þórr’s fishing for the World Serpent. The article series argues that framing *þur(i)saz in terms of ‘mythology’ is anachronistic and obfuscates the word’s background. This instalment provides foundations for comparison with a study of Proto-Germanic *þur(i)saz.
The proposal offered here goes some way towards reconciling the main divergent accounts centred on Mímir, the one concerning his well and the other concerning his severed head (Simpson 1962–65). The missing link is the assumed preservation of the head by removing flesh from the skull rather than by mummifying it. A form of the Mímir story in the Æsir-Vanir war is posited in which Mímir’s head was preserved as a skull cup and interaction with it was through drinking from it. This in turn offers fresh insights on the drink it contained both in myth and in the ritual of inauguration.
Scholars have widely debated whether mythological motifs move through inheritance within language families or through diffusion within geographic areas. This debate has been especially central to the comparison of Scandinavian and Finno-Karelian mythology and folklore. This article gives an example of a mythic motif crossing linguistic boundaries, namely through an Ålandic legend about a ritual specialist binding a sea monster through the use of magic.
Gwendolyne Knight and Frog
Clare Mulley and Gwendolyne Knight
Frog and William Lamb (eds.)
Frog, Joonas Ahola, Jesse Barber, Heidi Henrikka Mäkelä,
Tuukka Karlsson, Siria Kohonen & Karina Lukin