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  • Gold Foil Figures and Norse Mythology: Fact and Fiction?

    Margrethe Watt, Olof Sundqvist

    Chapter from the book: Wikström af Edholm, K et al. 2019. Myth, Materiality and Lived Religion: In Merovingian and Viking Scandinavia.

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    The iconography of numerous tiny gold foil figures found in Scandinavia provide a unique glimpse into mostly 6th and 7th century society and cult. The article discusses possibilities as well as the pitfalls and complexity of understanding the figures. Some “concepts” of interpretation are given as examples: “Warlord/king among the gods”, “the seer/seeress” and “the legally binding marriage”.

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    Watt M. & Sundqvist O. 2019. Gold Foil Figures and Norse Mythology: Fact and Fiction?. In: Wikström af Edholm, K et al (eds.), Myth, Materiality and Lived Religion. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bay.h

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    Published on June 3, 2019


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