New book from Stockholm University Press: Krig och fred i vendel- och vikingatida traditioner, by Håkan Rydving & Stefan Olsson (eds.)

What were the ideas about conflicts and conflict resolutions in the Nordic countries during the Vendel Period and the Viking Age? How were the gods Odin and Thor perceived to affect war and peace?

These are examples of questions that the contributors of this book discuss. Other topics are how the role of gender and power hierarchies were played in conflict and how the use of violence was governed.

All of the contributing texts are related to the theme ‘war and peace’. They present nbook-mockup-0699ew interpretations of some of the Old Scandinavian texts as well as of archaeological material. Here are some examples of topics that are discussed:

  • the runic inscription on the Eggja stone,
  • the fight between the god Thor and the giant Hrungnir,
  • the defilement of sacred areas and places as a power strategy,
  • ritualisations of peace negotiations,
  • Ragnarök, the end and renewing of the world.

Krig och fred i vendel- och vikingatida traditioner is the second volume of  Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion, a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press. This book is published in Swedish and Norwegian (Chapter 5).

The editors of the book

The book has been edited by Håkan Rydving and Stefan Olsson, both from The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR) at the University of Bergen.

How to access this book

At the Stockholm University Press website you can download an ePub or pdf-file that allows you to read the book online or access it on multiple devices. You may also also order a print copy of the book through the website.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination, so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.


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