Research topic: Norse religion

The field of research of Norse religion has to do with examining religious ideas and rituals in the pre-Christian time in Scandinavia.

The central question one asks is: What characterizes Scandinavian religion in the time before the year 1000? What myths and rituals formed the image of reality of pre-Christian people?

The subject makes use of general concepts from history of religions, and applies these to various sources of the Norse religion. Many sources are used, including archaeological finds, place names and literary sources.

The field of study is called Norse religion because the most central literary sources are Norse texts written in Iceland and Norway from ca. 1100. The investigation of Scaldic poetry, Eddic poetry, and the work of Snorre Sturlason requires a knowledge of Norse language and literary history.

The field of study is interdisciplinary. Many contributions to the investigation of Norse religion have come from researchers of place names, Norse philologists and archaeologists.

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