Innhold – Bind 8

Contents      5
Preface      7
1 Introduction      11
1.1 Outlines of the Medieval Hereafter      11
1.2 Medieval Visionary Writing      20
1.3 Visiones in Scandinavia      33
1.4 Approaching Old Norse Visions of the Afterlife      39
1.5 Scope of Primary Material and Criteria for Selection      44
1.5.1 Vǫluspá      46
1.5.2 Rannveigar leizla      49
1.5.3 Eiríks saga víðfǫrla      51
1.5.4 Gísla saga Súrssonar      53
1.5.5 Sólarljóð      54
1.5.6 Draumkvedet      57
2 Contexts of Vision      61
2.1 Hagiographic Visions      63
2.1.1 Rannveig’s Testimony      63
2.1.2 The Conversion of Óláfr Tryggvason      69
2.2 Afterlife Dreams in a Family Saga      74
2.3 Eddaic Visions      77
2.3.1 The Mythic Seeress      77
2.3.2 Sólarljóð      82
2.4 A Ballad and a Quest      89
2.4.1 Draumkvedet      89
2.4.2 Eiríkr the Far-Travelled      95
2.5 Summary      100
3 Death and the Journey 1: Passing Away      103
3.1 Glimpses of a Traditional Passage      103
3.1.1 Ódáinsakr      110
3.1.2 Á norna stóli      115
3.1.3 The Vengeful Fetch      124
3.2 Guides in the Old Norse Otherworld      127
3.2.1 Gísli’s Dream Women      131
3.2.2 The Three Northern Saints of Rannveigar leizla      139
3.3 Summary      145
4 Death and the Journey 2: Aids and Obstacles      147
4.1 The Otherworld Shoe      147
4.1.1 Shoe Symbolism in Myth and Ritual      157
4.2 The Otherworld Bridge      162
4.2.1 The Gjallar Bridge      165
4.2.2 The Steinbogi of Eiríks saga víðfǫrla      170
4.3 Summary      179
5 Envisaging the Ideal      181
5.1 Right and Wrong in the Old Norse Hereafter      184
5.1.1 Kinship Relations      184
5.1.2 Religious Discipline      193
2.1.3 Theft and Public Ridicule      197
5.2 The Heavenly Hall      202
5.2.1 Impressions of Comfort: Sólarljóð and Gísla saga      203
5.2.2 Impressions of Status:
Rannveigar leizla and Eiríks saga      209
5.2.3 The Hall in Germanic Poetry      217
5.2.4 The Hall-Paradigm in Vǫluspá      220
5.3 Summary      226
6 Conclusions      229
List of Illustrations      237
Bibliography      239
Primary Literature      239
Secondary Literature      249
Indices      269
1 Personal Names      269
2 Works      275
3 Manuscripts      279