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The Viking Way


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List of figures and tables Abbreviations Preface and acknowledgements to the first edition Preface and acknowledgements to the second edition A note on language A note on seid 1. Different Vikings? Towards a cognitive archaeology of the later Iron Age A beginning at Birka Textual archaeology and the Iron Age The Other and the Odd? An archaeology of the Viking mind? 2. Problems and paradigms in the study of Old Norse sorcery Entering the mythology Research perspectives on Scandinavian pre-Christian religion Gods and monsters, worship and superstition The shape of Old Norse religion The double world: seidr and the problem of Old Norse 'magic' Seidr in the sources Seidr in research 3. Seidr Odinn Freyja and the magic of the Vanir Seidr and Old Norse cosmology The performers The performance Engendering seidr Seidr and the concept of the soul The domestic sphere of seidr Seidr contextualised 4. Noaidevuohta Seidr and the Sami Sami-Norse relations in the Viking Age Sami religion and the Drum-Time Rydving's terminology of noaidevuohta Women and noaidevuohta The rituals of noaidevuohta The ethnicity of religious context in Viking-Age Scandinavia 5. Circumpolar religion and the question of Old Norse shamanism The circumpolar cultures and the invention of shamanism The shamanic world-view Shamanism in Scandinavia Seidr and circumpolar shamanism 6. The supernatural empowerment of aggression Seidr and the world of war Valkyrjur, skaldmeyjar and hjalmvitr Supernatural agency in battle The projection of destruction Battle magic Seidr and the shifting of shape Berserkir and ulfhednar Ecstasy, psychic dislocation and the dynamics of mass violence Weaving war, grinding battle: Darradarljod and Grottas ongr in context 7. The Viking way A reality in stories Viking women, Viking men 8. Magic and mind Receptions and reactions Cracks in the ice of Norse 'religion' Walking into the seidr: contested interpretations of Viking-Age magic Queering magic? The social world of war The Viking mind: a conclusion References Primary sources, including translations Pre-nineteenth-century sources for the early Sami and Siberian cultures Secondary sources Sources in archive Index

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by Neil Price


The Viking Way is a saga-like page-turner. [...] It was the most important work to have been published on Norse magic when I first read it in 2002. In this second, revised and expanded edition, Price sets the benchmark for research on the Viking Way for at least another twenty years. * Time & Mind: the Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture. *
The Viking Way is a precious and detailed handbook in every respect [...] the book is a first-rank culture history of the Vikings. * Shaman *
In summary, readers will be pleased by this new edition in that it largely preserves the much sought-after first edition while simultaneously updating some pieces of information and adding over 500 new references to relevant works published since the first edition, some new photographs and illustrations, and an index. * Journal of English and Germanic Philology *
Price's easy-to-read writing style allows the study to clearly present and explain an assortment of complicated subject matters, which in turn makes these intricate topics more accessible for a varied audience [...] Ultimately, this book remains one of the most influential studies on the Viking Age... * Kyngervi *

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