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Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe

M. Egeler (ed.)
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VIII+263 p., 18 b/w ill., 3 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58040-1
Languages: English
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This volume explores the intersection of landscape and myth in the context of north-western Atlantic Europe. From the landscapes of literature to the landscape as a lived environment, and from myths about supernatural beings to tales about the mythical roots of kingship, the contributions gathered here each develop their own take on the meanings behind ‘landscape’ and ‘myth’, and thus provide a broad cross-section of how these widely discussed concepts might be understood.

Arising from papers delivered at the conference Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe, held in Munich in April 2016, the volume draws together a wide selection of material ranging from texts and toponyms to maps and archaeological data, and it uses this diversity in method and material to explore the meaning of these terms in medieval Ireland, Wales, and Iceland. In doing so, it provides a broadly inclusive and yet carefully focused discussion of the inescapable and productive intertwining of landscape and myth.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Landscape’, ‘Myth’, and the North-Western European Perspective – MATTHIAS EGELER

Myth and Real-World Landscapes

Spaces, Places, and Liminality: Marking Out and Meeting the Dead and the Supernatural in Old Nordic Landscapes — TERRY GUNNELL

Aesthetic Appreciation of Landscape in the Sagas of Icelanders — REINHARD HENNIG

Landscape Meditations on Death: The Place-Lore of the Hvanndalur Valley in Northern Iceland — MATTHIAS EGELER

Myth and the Creation of Landscape in Early Medieval Ireland — GREGORY TONER

Codal and Ériu: Feeding the Land of Ireland — GRIGORY BONDARENKO with NINA ZHIVLOVA)

Finn’s Wilderness and Boundary Landforms in Medieval Ireland —ELIZABETH FITZPATRICK

‘Here, Finn… Take This and Give him a Lick of it’: Two Place-Lore Stories about Fi(o)nn Mac Cum(h)aill in Medieval Irish Literature and Modern Oral Tradition — TIZIANA SOVERINO

The Mélusine Legend Type and the Landscape in Insular and Continental Tradition — GREGORY R. DARWIN  

Myth and the Landscapes of Literature

King Sverrir’s Mythic Landscapes — NICOLAS MEYLAN

Mythologizing the Conceptual Landscape: Religion and History in Imago mundi, Image du monde, and Delw y byd — NATALIA PETROVSKAIA

The Road Less Travelled: Cú Chulainn’s Journey to Matrimony and the Dindshenchas of Tochmarc Emire — MARIE-LUISE THEUERKAUF

‘If we settled in the forest…’: Tracing the Function of Wooded Spaces from Old Irish Literature to Contemporary Poetry — EDYTA LEHMANN

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Germanic langs & lits (other than English)
North Germanic/Scandinavian languages & literatures
English language & literature
Other Indo-European langs & lits
Celtic languages & literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Comparative literature (general)
Cultural studies (general & theoretical)
Medieval literature (general comparative)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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