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'Viking' Nicknames in Landnámabók - my first publication!

Updated: Apr 24

Last year I attended the 10th Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. Based in Iceland's capital Reykjavik, this conference focused on the central themes of Faith and Fidelity within the medieval North.


The conference has just published its proceedings, which can be found for free, accessible to all, here. They cover a wide range of linguistic, historical and archaeological examinations of the period, and there are some really amazing papers included in the collection.


My contribution begins on page 74. This (mercifully short) summary explores the ways in which systems of power and control might have shaped what 'nicknames' were chosen by the early settlers of Iceland in the 8th and 9th centuries. If you'd like to hear about the topic in a little more detail, you can listen to a recording of the conference paper here.


 
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