The Resource Laughing shall I die : lives and deaths of the great Vikings, Tom Shippey

Laughing shall I die : lives and deaths of the great Vikings, Tom Shippey

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Laughing shall I die : lives and deaths of the great Vikings
Title
Laughing shall I die
Title remainder
lives and deaths of the great Vikings
Statement of responsibility
Tom Shippey
Title variation
Lives and deaths of the great Vikings
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Language
eng
Summary
"Viking literature is dominated by famous last stands, famous last words, death songs and defiant gestures, all laced with grim humour. Much of this mindset is alien to modern sentiment, and academics have accordingly shunned it. And yet, it is the same worldvew that has always powered the popular public image of the Vikings - with their berserkers, valkeyries and cults of Valhalla and Ragnarok - and has also been corroborated by archaeological discoveries. Was it this mindset that powered the sudden eruption of the Vikings onto the European scene? Was it a belief in heroic death that made them so lastingly successful against so many bellicose opponents? Weighing the evidence of sagas and poetry against the accounts of the Vikings' victims, Tom Shippey considers these questions as he plumbs the complexities of Viking psychology and recounts many of the great bravura scenes of Old Norse literature, including the Fall of the House of Skjoldunds, the clash between two great longships Ironbeard and Long Serpent, and the death of Thormod the skald."--
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Shippey, T. A
Dewey number
948/.022
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • DL65
  • DL31
LC item number
  • .S54 2018
  • .S54 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Snorri Sturluson
  • Vikings
  • Civilization, Viking
  • Old Norse literature
  • Sagas
  • Scalds and scaldic poetry
  • Civilization, Viking
  • Old Norse literature
  • Vikings
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Laughing shall I die : lives and deaths of the great Vikings, Tom Shippey
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-351) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Preface -- Introduction -- Part I. Dying hard: The Viking mindset: three case studies -- Hygelac and Hrolf: false dawn for the Vikings -- Volsungs and Nibelungs: avenging female Furies -- Ragnar and the Ragnarssons: snakebite and success -- Egil the Ugly and King Blood-axe: poetry and the psychopath
  • Part II. Moving to the bigger picture: Weaving the web of war: the road to Clontarf -- Two big winners: the road to Normandy -- Furs and slaves, wealth and death: the road to Miklagard
  • Part III. The tale in the North: The Jarls and the Jomvikings: a study in Drengshapr -- A tale of two Olafs; or, The tales people tell -- A tale of two Haralds: Viking endgame -- Viking aftermath: the nine grins of Skarphedin Njalsson -- Appendix A. On poetry: types, texts, translations -- Appendix B. On sagas: types, texts, translations -- Appendix C. Snorri Sturluson
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
365 pages
Isbn
9781780239095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 1745233
  • (OCoLC)1004761123
  • 1732894
  • (OCoLC)on1004761123
Label
Laughing shall I die : lives and deaths of the great Vikings, Tom Shippey
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Preface -- Introduction -- Part I. Dying hard: The Viking mindset: three case studies -- Hygelac and Hrolf: false dawn for the Vikings -- Volsungs and Nibelungs: avenging female Furies -- Ragnar and the Ragnarssons: snakebite and success -- Egil the Ugly and King Blood-axe: poetry and the psychopath
  • Part II. Moving to the bigger picture: Weaving the web of war: the road to Clontarf -- Two big winners: the road to Normandy -- Furs and slaves, wealth and death: the road to Miklagard
  • Part III. The tale in the North: The Jarls and the Jomvikings: a study in Drengshapr -- A tale of two Olafs; or, The tales people tell -- A tale of two Haralds: Viking endgame -- Viking aftermath: the nine grins of Skarphedin Njalsson -- Appendix A. On poetry: types, texts, translations -- Appendix B. On sagas: types, texts, translations -- Appendix C. Snorri Sturluson
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
365 pages
Isbn
9781780239095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 1745233
  • (OCoLC)1004761123
  • 1732894
  • (OCoLC)on1004761123

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