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Adetorp, Johan
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Adetorp, J. (2017). Names of swords in Icelandic sagas. In: EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion: University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017. Paper presented at EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion : University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Names of swords in Icelandic sagas
2017 (English)In: EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion: University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Named weapons of different origin and purpose occur in the Old Norse mythology, and some of them are better known than others: Thor's hammer Mjolnir and Odin's spear Gungnir, just to name a few. But named weapons are also present in the more mundane Icelandic sagas, and it suggests that the practice of giving individual names to objects was something that occurred among real people in the Viking society. The named swords, spears and axes, which we can read about in the Icelandic sagas, are not portrayed as especially supernatural. They are, however, sometimes talked about in a special way and considered to be extraordinary in one way or another.What kind of name did people give to weapons, and what might have been the purposes for doing so? It is possible that some weapons told a story through their names and that they because of that also brought fame and glory to their owners. It is also conceivable, considered how some of the swords and spears are described in the Icelandic sagas, that named weapons were seen as almost life-like. This paper discusses some thoughts regarding named weapons in the sagas, the purposes for giving names, and if this practise might tell us something about how people in the Viking age viewed these named, possibly presumed life-like, objects.

Keywords
Old norse religion, Icelandic sagas, Viking Age society
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68088 (URN)
Conference
EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion : University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017
Funder
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
Available from: 2017-09-24 Created: 2017-09-24 Last updated: 2017-09-25Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2015). Celt and Germans in Iron Age Europe: Imagined Communities and strategies among scholars. In: Concurrences in postcolonial research - perspectives, methodologies, engagements, 20-23 aug, Kalmar: . Paper presented at Concurrences in postcolonial research - perspectives, methodologies, engagements, 20-23 aug, Kalmar.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Celt and Germans in Iron Age Europe: Imagined Communities and strategies among scholars
2015 (English)In: Concurrences in postcolonial research - perspectives, methodologies, engagements, 20-23 aug, Kalmar, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46187 (URN)
Conference
Concurrences in postcolonial research - perspectives, methodologies, engagements, 20-23 aug, Kalmar
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2015-09-17Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2015). Identitet och verksamhet: Hjulbärande gudinnor och attribut i mellaneuropeisk järnåldersikonografi. Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, 64(2), 53-76
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identitet och verksamhet: Hjulbärande gudinnor och attribut i mellaneuropeisk järnåldersikonografi
2015 (Swedish)In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 64, no 2, p. 53-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the difference between identifying and classifying attributes and analyzes the problematic implications if we confuse the two. The empirical material consists of Gallic stone reliefs depicting goddesses with a wheel as attribute. Male deities depicted with wheels have mainly been identified as a Celtic Jupiter or a male sky god sometimes called Taranis. The Gallic goddesses show that the wheel attribute was not an identifying attribute exclusive to this god, but that it rather served as a marker for an activity shared by several deities, both male and female. The articles argument that we need to distinguish between identifying and classifying attributes in order to make a source critical and methodological correct iconographical interpretation, especially when we interpret iconographical representation without the aid of any written sources.

Keywords
Ikonografi, Ikonologi, Keltisk religion, Järnåldersreligion, Gudinnor
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53886 (URN)
Available from: 2016-06-19 Created: 2016-06-19 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2013). Resension av Peter S. Wells. How the Ancient Europeans saw the World. Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times, 2012, ISBN 0-691-14338-2,  Princeton University Press [Review]. Fornvännen, 2, 151-152
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resension av Peter S. Wells. How the Ancient Europeans saw the World. Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times, 2012, ISBN 0-691-14338-2,  Princeton University Press
2013 (Swedish)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, Vol. 2, p. 151-152Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Humanities, Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28194 (URN)000323018600014 ()
Available from: 2013-08-15 Created: 2013-08-15 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2011). Förhistoriska bilder som religionsvetenskaplig källa: Några kriterier att beakta vid tolkningar av religionsikonografiskt material. Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, 56(2), 65-79
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förhistoriska bilder som religionsvetenskaplig källa: Några kriterier att beakta vid tolkningar av religionsikonografiskt material
2011 (Swedish)In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 56, no 2, p. 65-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A challenge when interpreting prehistoric art is that we often lack written source material, a contemporary text written by people who lived in the cultural context that is studied. It is therefore not uncommon to use texts that are younger than the material that we want to interpret. This could lead to misinterpretations and circular arguments. Images are cultural products formed by their contemporaries and influenced by older idea traditions. This article presents four criteria that might be worth taking into consideration when interpreting prehistoric religious iconography. The article discusses how one might proceed to study prehistoric religious art and what could be helpful to keep in mind when analyzing religions by means of pictures and material culture. 

Keywords
Methodology, iconography, iconology, religious art, Old Norse religion, Celtic religion
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-22258 (URN)
Available from: 2012-11-02 Created: 2012-11-02 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2008). De guldglänsande ryttarna : C-brakteaternas ikonografi i ny belysning. (Doctoral dissertation). Lund: Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>De guldglänsande ryttarna : C-brakteaternas ikonografi i ny belysning
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet, 2008. p. 265
Keywords
Gold bracteate, Migration Period, Iconography, Iconology, Celtic religion, Germanic religion, Old Norse religion
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29907 (URN)9789197721226 (ISBN)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2015-12-11Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2003). Guldbrakteaternas ikonografi: Bilder av en folkvandringstida föreställningsvärld. Adoranten, 30-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Guldbrakteaternas ikonografi: Bilder av en folkvandringstida föreställningsvärld
2003 (Swedish)In: Adoranten, ISSN 0349-8808, p. 30-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scandinavian Society for Prehistoric Art, 2003
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29775 (URN)
Available from: 2013-10-22 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2003). Vad heter du min skarpe vän?: Vapennamn i myt och verklighet. Populär Arkeologi (3), 24-26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vad heter du min skarpe vän?: Vapennamn i myt och verklighet
2003 (Swedish)In: Populär Arkeologi, ISSN 0281-014X, no 3, p. 24-26Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29789 (URN)
Available from: 2013-10-22 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved
Adetorp, J. (2002). Det keltiska talar genom brakteaterna. Populär Arkeologi (4), 30-33
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det keltiska talar genom brakteaterna
2002 (Swedish)In: Populär Arkeologi, ISSN 0281-014X, no 4, p. 30-33Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Populär Arkeologi, 2002
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29906 (URN)
Available from: 2013-10-22 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2015-12-07Bibliographically approved
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