The Emergence of Nordrlönd in Old Norse Medieval Texts, ca. 1100-1400

Jakobsson, Sverrir (2011). « The Emergence of Nordrlönd in Old Norse Medieval Texts, ca. 1100-1400 », dans Iceland and Images of the North, sous la dir. de Isleifsson, Sumarlidi R. et Chartier, Daniel. Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, coll. «Droit au pôle », pp. 25-40.

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The subject of this article is the emergence of the term Nor!rlönd in Old Norse textual culture, the different meaning and functions of this term, and its connection with the idea of a Northern people who shared certain features, such as a common language, history, and identity. This will be explained through analysis of the precise meaning of the term Nor!rlönd within medieval discourse, in particular with regard to how it was used in the Scandinavian lingua franca. A secondary aim is to explain its connection with related concepts in other languages, for example, Latin. In order to achieve this, an analysis will be made of how the term was used and in what context. In addition, the influence of power structures on the term and their uses will also be analysed. A third consideration will be how the inhabitants of Nor!rlönd were defined, in other words, who was included and who was not. This study of medieval discourse is qualitative rather than quantitative, as befits the nature of the documentary sources consulted. The primary sources themselves, and the information they provide, is the major focus of the study. Through careful analysis of the term Nor!rlönd and its use in contemporary texts, the dominant discourse concerning the North in Scandinavia during the Middle Ages will be elucidated, as will the creation of an image of the North and a specific Nordic identity.

Type: Chapitre de livre
Mots-clés ou Sujets: North, Iceland, Worldview, Medieval identities, Ethnogenesis, Literacy, Medieval historiography, Medieval geography, Exoticism, Mental maps, Arctic, Images of the North, Nordrlönd, Scandinavia, History
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des arts > Chaire de recherche sur l’imaginaire du Nord, de l’hiver et de l’Arctique
Déposé par: Daniel Chartier
Date de dépôt: 18 sept. 2017 07:47
Dernière modification: 18 sept. 2017 07:47
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/10281

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