Denmark, Aarhus

Viking Mythology and Religion

when 16 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
duration 3 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS

The imaginary world of the Vikings is a vast and amazing landscape that continues to puzzles us. Their myths abound with powerful, tricky and enigmatic gods, forceful giants and an array of supernatural beings, large and small, which seem hard for the modern mind to grasp.

This course in Viking mythology and religion focuses on the myths and legends, histories and tales of the Viking world. We will investigate the great variety of textual and archaeological sources to the Viking Age and explore their worldview, beliefs and ethics. We will treat the difficult issues of the source material: that the originally oral mythology and legends are mainly preserved in medieval literature.

Course leader

Rolf Stavnem, Mathias Nordvig

Target group

Bachelor's and Master's students

Course aim

We will investigate the relationship between archaeological finds from the Viking Age and the medieval sources, and by employing a wide range of disciplines, such as history of religion, folklore, history, archaeology and literary analysis, we will provide a critical overview of the field of Viking mythology and religion. We will also provide the necessary analytical tools for any student interested in this field.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.