Terry Gunnell is a professor in professor in folkloristics at Hàskòli Ìslands/ the University of Iceland.
He claims that we often forget that in pre-Christian times, Eddic and skaldic poetry was not
composed in writing but in sound, and that rather than being read, it was heard, seen and
experienced in a particular space – and designed to be received in that way. This means that poems
about the world of the gods composed as first-person monologues or dialogues functioned much like
dramas. In short: the poems brought to gods to life in front of their audiences. This lecture will
discuss Eiriksmál and Hákonarmál, two dialogic works which lie somewhere between the Eddic and
skáldic forms, considering how they might have been intended to work as performances.
Thursday 15th August 14:15–15:15
Large Auditorium @ Midgard Viking Center