Pre-Modern Seminar No 11: Mart Kuldkepp
On Monday November 14th at 18.15 at the library of Skandinavistika Mart Kuldkepp will give a talk called:
"Einarr Gilsson's "Selkolluvísur" as a meeting point of traditions."
The seminar will take place in the library of Skandinavistika (Ülikooli 17) at 18.15.
Wine, bread, fruit, cheese and ham will be served.
Mart has sent us a short presentation of the lecture:
"Einarr Gilsson's "Selkolluvísur" is an Icelandic skaldic poem from mid-14th century that tells the story of an Icelandic bishop's fight against a seal-headed troll woman. The poem is preserved in the context of Arngrímr Brandsson's Guðmundar saga Árasonar (the so-called Guðmundar saga D) and can be related to a contemporary propaganda campaign for bishop Guðmundr's canonisation. At the same time, it is a work of extremely complex style, almost on par with pagan poetry of much earlier times, and its folktale-like contents form an interesting contrast to the pious purpose it was apparently meant to fulfill. In my presentation, I am going to give a backstory to the canonisation project and attempt an analysis of the different layers of tradition and meaning in the poem itself."