Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fibula, Fabula, Fact - The Viking Age in Finland

"The chapters of Fibula, Fabula, Fact – The Viking Age in Finland are intended to provide essential foundations for approaching the important topic of the Viking Age in Finland. These chapters are oriented to provide introductions to the sources, methods and perspectives of diverse disciplines so that these resources and the history of discourse from which they emerge are accessible to specialists from other fields, specialists from outside Finland, and also to non-specialist readers and students who may be more generally interested in the topic. Rather than detailed case studies of specific aspects of the Viking Age in Finland, the contributors have sought to negotiate definitions of the Viking Age as a historical period in the cultural areas associated with modern-day Finland, and in areas associated with Finns, Karelians and other North Finnic linguistic-cultural groups more generally. Within the incredible diversity of data and disciplines represented here, attention tends to center on the identification of the Viking Age through differentiating it from earlier and later periods, and on contextualizing it geographically in an era long before the construction of modern nations with their fenced and guarded borders. Most significantly, the contributions lay emphasis on contextualizing the Viking Age within the complexities of defining cultural identities in the past through traces of cultural, linguistic or genetic features."

The full preface for this peer reviewed publication from the Finnish Literatue Society of Helsinki, edited by Joonas Ahola and Frog with Clive Tolley, may be read and also downloaded at

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bárðar saga as a source for reconstruction of pre-Christian religion?

Bárðar saga as a source for reconstruction of pre-Christian religion? from eldahei on Vimeo.

Paper given 1 December 2012 at the 2nd meeting of the Old Norse Folklorist Network, University of Tartu. By Eldar Heide, A PDF of the last proof of the paper is available at

Urglaawe: Food for Groundhog Day

"Groundhog Day is actually the first day of an observance that we know by a few names: Entschtanning, Uffdredde, or Uffdredding (all of which mean "emergence") in Urglaawe parlance. ... In this post, we will cover the more common food traditions. The full article by Robert L. Schreiwer, which includes a recipe for Seimaage (stuffed hog's maw), may be found at the Urglaawe blog.