Early Germanic Poetics and Religion from Linguistic and Comparative Perspectives

The Trunderup sun chariot
The Trundholm sun chariot (Solvognen). Image Credit: National Museum of Denmark via Wikimedia Commons.

We are pleased to announce a two-day academic meeting that will immerse participants in the compelling world of early Germanic poetics and religious beliefs. During the conference, scholars and interested parties will come together to explore the interplay of language, culture, and religion in the Germanic world.

About the Conference

This two-day academic gathering will delve into the captivating realms of early Germanic poetics and its connections to religious beliefs from an interdisciplinary perspective combining philology, linguistics, and comparativism. The conference will serve as a pivotal platform for interdisciplinary discussions and multifaceted research findings.

We are pleased to invite scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts to our highly anticipated conference »Early Germanic Poetics and Religion from Linguistic and Comparative Perspectives«, to be held at the NorS Department, University of Copenhagen, September 18-19, 2023.

Conference Topics and Programme

The conference will cover a range of compelling topics including:

  • Poetic features and religious significance of texts in early Germanic languages, including Old Norse, Old English, and Old Saxon
  • Comparative analysis of Germanic texts and myths with those of other European and non-European traditions
  • Linguistic analysis of early Germanic mythological names and religious terminology
  • Rituals and ceremonies in early Germanic traditions and their relevance to poetics and myth
  • Germanic deities, their representation in Germanic sources, and their counterparts in other traditions

The Conference Programme

Monday 18/09/2023

09.30 Welcome & Opening remarks


Old English b(e)aldor ‘prince’ and the luminous ruler

José Luis García Ramón


Archaisms and neologisms in the Old Norse poetic vocabulary

Guðrún Þórhallsdóttir

10.45-11.00 Coffee break


Wodan in Sachsen? Zur Suche nach ‚germanischem‘ Wissen im Heliand

Heike Sahm


Immersing in the Cult of Nerthus and Finding Paradise in Neorxnawang: Etymological Considerations and Cultic Connections between Germanic Deities and Their Natural Habitats

Corinna Scheungraber

12.00-13.30 Lunch break


Dwellings Undwindling II: The Germanic Horizon

Peter Jackson Rova


The roots *u̯el(h)-  in Germanic tradition

Birgit Anette Olsen

14.30-15.00 Coffee break


Revisiting Dumézil’s Loki: The Ossetic ‘Myth of the Wounded Sun’ Compared with its Scandinavian and Vedic Counterparts

Laura Massetti


Stars of the North: Indo-European Motifs in the Völuspa

Michael Janda


Old Norse Týr and Viðarr: solar turning points, wolves and the sky

Eldar Heide 

Tuesday 19/09/2023


Mythological collocations in the poetic Edda

Rudolf Simek


Collocations in Old English and Old Saxon religious poetry

Veronka Szoke


Old Norse Elves from a linguistic and comparative perspective

Riccardo Ginevra

11.00-11.15 Coffee break


Oat cuisine and orphaned motifs

Patrick Stiles


Fate and honey: Between Yggdrasill and Parnassos

Haukur Þorgeirsson and Joseph S. Hopkins

12.15-13.45 Lunch Break


What can we do with poetic riddles in Old Norse and Arabic?

Alaric Hall


What’s ‘Going On’ in Hárbarðsljóð? An Analysis of the Performative Nature of Hárbarðsljóð in a Comparative Context

Terry Gunnell

14.45-15.15 Coffee break


Charming the poetic mead: Egill’s Sonatorrek

Clive Tolley


Scribal Performance and Eddic Mythological Poems: From 13th-Century Sources to the Origins of Modern Editing


16.15 - 16.45

Ragnarøk: From Dawn to Dusk

Jonas Wellendorf

16.45 Closing remarks


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