Viking and Medieval Scandinavia

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VMS 1 (2005)
VMS 2 (2006)
VMS 3 (2007)
VMS 4 (2008)
VMS 5 (2009)
VMS 6 (2010)
VMS 7 (2011)
VMS 8 (2012)
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About the Journal

Viking and Medieval Scandinavia is an annual multidisciplinary journal published by Brepols devoted to the study of medieval Scandinavia stretching geographically from Russia to North America and chronologically from the Viking Age to the end of the medieval period.

The journal follows the guidelines for peer-reviewed journals with anonymous assessment by two independent expert referees of each article prior to publication.

Editorial Board

Editors

  • Stefan Brink, Editor-in-chief (VMS 4-6), University of Aberdeen
  • John Hines, Cardiff University 
  • Judy Quinn, Editor-in-chief (VMS 1-3), University of Cambridge
  • Carolyne Larrington, Editor-in-chief (VMS 7-), Oxford University

Editorial Board

  • Lesley Abrams, University of Oxford
  • Sverre Bagge Universitetet i Bergen
  • Anne-Sofie Gräslund, Uppsala universitet
  • Stefanie Gropper Universität Tübingen
  • Guðrún Nordal Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland)
  • Helgi ÞorlákssonHáskóli Íslands (University of Iceland)
  • Pernille Hermann Århus Universitet
  • Judith Jesch University of Nottingham
  • Stephen Mitchell Harvard University
  • Russell Poole University of Western Ontario
  • Neil Price University of Aberdeen

Editorial Assistants

  • Alaric Hall, University of Leeds
  • Kate Heslop, Universität Zurich

Contributions

Contributions are invited for future issues of the journal. Please contact one of the editors for publication deadlines:


Contents

VMS 8 (2012)

  • Death by Dragons
    Paul Acker
  • Fulham 878–79: A New Considertaion of Viking Manoeuvres
    John Baker and Stuart Brookes
  • Piracy of Policy? Lübeck’s 1249 Attack on Copenhagen
    Maria R. D. Corsi
  • Salvation and Early Saga Writing in Iceland: Aspects of the Works of the Þingeyrar Monks and their Associates
    Haki Antonsson
  • Between Pagan Pirates and Glorious Sea-Warriors: The Portrayal of the Viking Pirate in Danish Twelfth-Century Latin Historiography
    Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm
  • Scribe, Redactor, Author: The Emergence and Evolution of Icelandic Romance
    Marianne E. Kalinke
  • Sigurðr’s Attack on Lisbon: Where Exactly?
    Helio Pires
  • The ‘Wind of the Giantess’: Snorri Sturluson, Rudolf Meissner, and the Interpretation of Mythological Kennings along Taxonomic Lines
    Judy Quinn
  • Contesting the Semantics of Viking Religion
    Paul B. Sturtevant
  • Physiology and Behaviour in the Sagas
    Tarrin Wills

 

VMS 7 (2011)

  • White-Christ
    A. V. Busygin
  • Putting Women in their Place? Gender, Landscape and the Construction of Landnámabók
    Chris Callow
  • 'Denemearc', 'Tanmaurk Ala', and 'Confinia Nordmannorum': The Annales Regni Francorum and the Origins of Denmark
    Paul Gazzoli
  • The Many Conversions of Hallfreðr Vandræðaskáld
    Erin Michelle Goeres
  • Loki, the Vätte and the Ash Lad: a Study Combining Old Scandinavian and Late Material
    Eldar Heide
  • Magic and Discourses of Magic in the Old Norse Sagas of the Apostles
    Nicolas Meylan
  • Money for Freedom: Ransom Paying to Vikings in Western Iberia
    Helio Pires
  • Eddic Poetry for a New Era: Tradition and Innovation in Sólarljóð and Hugsvinnsmál
    Brittany Schorn
  • The Role of Gender in some Viking-Age Innovations in Personal Naming
    Philip Shaw
  • The Níðingr and the Wolf
    Bernt Øyvind Thorvaldsen

VMS 6 (2010)

  • Signs of power. Manors in Medieval Iceland
    Árni Daníel Júlíusson
  • Medieval Icelandic Christian Place-Names
    Margaret Cormack
  • Was Erik the Red’s Brattahlið located at Qinngua Kangilleq? A dissenting view
    Kevin J. Edwards, J. Edward Schofield and Jette Arneborg
  • Poppo's Ordeal: Courtier Bishops and the Success of Christianization at the Turn of the First Millennium
    Michael Gelting
  • Social Structures and Identity in Early Iceland
    Stephen Pax Leonard
  • Skalds, runes and voice
    Mats Malm
  • Ideology of the Ruler in Pre-Christian Scandinavia: Mythic and Ritual Relations
    Jens Peter Schjødt

VMS 5 (2009)

  • Helpful Danes and Pagan Irishmen: Saga Fantasies of the Viking Age in the British Isles
    Elizabeth Ashman Rowe
  • Fate and Weaving: Justification of a Metaphor   
    Karen Bek-Pedersen
  • The Economics of Devotion: Vows and Indulgences in Medieval Iceland   
    Margaret Cormack
  • The State and the Strangers: The Role of External Forces in a Process of State Formation in Viking-Age South Scandinavia (c. AD 900–1050)
    Andres Siegfried Dobat
  • The Legend of Saint Sunniva   
    Alexander O'Hara
  • From Dál Riata to the Gall-Ghàidheil   
    Andrew Jennings and Arne Kruse
  • A Saint and his Sequence: Singing the Legend of Saint Olaf   
    Åslaug Ommundsen
  • Practical Fastenings of the Supernatural   
    Carrie Roy
  • Purity and Danger in Earliest Iceland: Excrement, Blood, Sacred Space, and Society in Eyrbyggja saga
    Kevin J. Wanner

Viking Identities: Gender, Material Culture, and Identity

  • Introduction
    Christina Lee
  • Gender, Material Culture, and Identity in the Viking Diaspora   
    Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
  • The Irish Viking Age: A Discussion of Architecture, Settlement Patterns and Identity
    Rebecca Boyd
  • Culture and Gender in the Danelaw: Scandinavian and Anglo-Scandinavian Brooches
    Jane F. Kershaw

VMS 4 (2008)

  • Translating Courtly Literature and Ideology in Medieval Sweden: Flores och Blanzeflor
    Massimiliano Bampi
  • Following the Trollish Baton Sinister: Ludic Design in Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss
    Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
  • Into Viking Minds: Re-interpreting the Staffs of Sorcery and unraveling Seiðr
    Leszek Gardela
  • Skaldic Verse-Making in Thirteenth-Century Iceland: The Case of the Sauðafellsferðarvísur
    Jonathan Grove
  • Room for All? Spaces and Places for Thing Assemblies: The Case of the All-Thing on Gotland, Sweden
    Nanouschka Myrberg
  • A Sacred Stone from Björkö’s Black Earth – On the Benefits of a Second Examination
    Ny Björn Gustafsson
  • The Lands of Denemearce: Cultural Differences and Social Networks of the Viking Age in South Scandinavia
    Søren M. Sindbæk
  • The Varnhem Archaeological Research Project: A New Insight into the Christianization of Västergötland
    Maria Vretemark and Tony Axelsson

Viking Identities: Myth and Memory

  • Introduction: Myth and Cultural Memory in the Viking Diaspora
    Judith Jesch
  • Scenes of Island Encounters in Icelandic Sagas: Reflections of Cultural Memory
    Kristel Zilmer
  • The Eiríkssynir in Vínland: Family Exploration or Family Myth?
    Pragya Vohra
  • A Viking in Shining Armour? Vikings and Chivalry in the Fornaldarsögur
    Carolyne Larrington

VMS 3 (2007)

  • Are the Spinning Nornir just a Yarn?
    Karen Bek-Petersen
  • Riding the Tree
    Yvonne S. Bonnetain
  • Kin-Slaying in the Poetic Edda: the End of the World?
    David Clark
  • Burial Rods and Charcoal Graves: New Light on Old Burial Practices
    Kristina Jonsson
  • The Making of Hávamál
    John McKinnell
  • A Divided Society: Peasants and the Aristocracy in Medieval Iceland
    Orri Vésteinsson
  • Strangers in Icelandic Society 1100-1400
    Sverrir Jakobsson
  • Ekphrasis: Round-Table Discussion
  • Stylistic and Generic Identifiers of the Old Norse Skaldic Ekphrasis
    Margaret Clunies Ross
  • Ekphrasis and Surviving Imagery in Viking Scandinavia
    Signe Horn Fuglesang
  • Ekphrasis as Speech-Act: Ragnarsdrápa 1–7
    John Hines
  • Ekphrasis: its ‘Prolonged Echoes’ in Scandinavia
    Rusell Poole

VMS 2 (2006)

  • Hel in Early Norse Poetry
    Christopher Abram
  • Poet into Myth: Starkaðr and Bragi
    Margaret Clunies Ross
  • Myth and Meaning in the Rök Inscription
    Joseph Harris
  • Merlin and the Völva
    Philip Lavender
  • Some Southern Perspectives on Starcatherus
    Russell Poole
  • Quid Sigvardus cum Christo? Moral Interpretations of Sigurðr Fáfnisbani in Old Norse Literature
    Elizabeth Ashman Rowe
  • Tales of Flight in Old Norse and Medieval English Texts
    Mariella Elena Ruggerini
  • The Representation of Waterborne Traffic in Old Norse Narratives – The Case of the Baltic Sea Area
    Kristel Zilmer
  • Discussion : Interrogating Genre in the Fornaldarsögur

VMS 1 (2005)

  • The Compilator and Contemporary Literary Culture in Old Norse Hagiography
    Simonetta Battista
  • Did Rannveig Change Her Mind? Resolve and Violence in Þorsteins þáttr stangarhöggs
    Oren Falk
  • Carolingian Coins in Ninth-Century Scandinavia
    Ildar Garipzanov
  • Spatial and Temporal Perspectives in Íslendingabók: Historiography and Social Structures
    Pernille Hermann
  • Óðinn in Old Norse Texts other than The Elder Edda, Snorra Edda and Ynglinga saga
    Annette Lassen
  • Thresholds and Passages: the Meanings of Bridges in the Viking Age and Early Middle Ages
    Julie Lund
  • Visual Poetry, Weaving Meaning: Micro Narratives in the Nordic Oral Tradition
    Lena Norrman
  • Converting to Europe: Christian Themes in Knýtlinga saga
    Carl Phelpstead
  • The Power of the Spoken Word as Literary Motif and Ritual Practice in Old Norse Literature
    Catherina Raudvere
  • Dietary Regulations in Early Christian Norway
    Alexandra Sanmark
  • Sagas, Religion, and Rulership: the Credibility of the Description of Rituals in Hákonar saga góða
    Olof Sundqvist
  • Knútr and the Cult of St Óláfr: Poetry and Patronage in Eleventh-Century Norway and England
    Matthew Townend