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Holmberg, P., Gräslund, B., Sundqvist, O. & Williams, H. (2020). The Rök Runestone and the End of the World. Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, 9-10, 7-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Rök Runestone and the End of the World
2020 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, E-ISSN 2003-296X, Vol. 9-10, p. 7-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Rök runestone from central middle Sweden, dated to around 800 CE, is famous, among other things, for a supposed reference to the emperor Theodo­ric the Great. This study proposes instead that the inscription deals with an anxiety triggered by a son’s death and the fear of a new climate crisis similar to the catastrophic one after 536 CE. Combining perspectives and findings from semiotics, philology, archaeology, and history of religion, the study presents a completely new interpretation which follows a unified theme, showing how the monument can be understood in the socio-cultural and religious context of early Viking Age Scandinavia. The inscription consists, according to the pro­posed interpretation, of nine enigmatic questions. Five of the questions con­cern the sun, and four of them, it is argued, ask about issues related to the god Odin. A central finding is that there are relevant parallels to the inscription in early Scandinavian poetry, especially in the Eddic poem Vafþrúðnismál.

Keywords
Rök, runestones, Viking Age, riddles, Eddic poetry, skaldic poetry, climate crisis
National Category
History and Archaeology Languages and Literature History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-401040 (URN)10.33063/diva-401040 (DOI)
Note

https://doi.org/10.33063/diva-401040

Available from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-01-07
Gräslund, B. (2019). For kind dissertations?. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 139(2), 325-327
Open this publication in new window or tab >>For kind dissertations?
2019 (English)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 139, no 2, p. 325-327Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska Historiska Föreningen, 2019
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390236 (URN)000472591800008 ()
Available from: 2019-08-08 Created: 2019-08-08 Last updated: 2019-08-08Bibliographically approved
Gräslund, B. (2017). Människans utveckling (2:1ed.). In: Maria Sjöberg (Ed.), En samtidig världshistoria: (pp. 82-93). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Människans utveckling
2017 (Swedish)In: En samtidig världshistoria / [ed] Maria Sjöberg, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 2:1, p. 82-93Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017 Edition: 2:1
Keywords
Människ kulturella och biologiska evolution
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338388 (URN)978-91-44-11024-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2018-01-24Bibliographically approved
Gräslund, B. (2012). Bertil Almgren. In: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien.: Årsbok 2112 (pp. 19--25). vKungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bertil Almgren
2012 (Swedish)In: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien.: Årsbok 2112, vKungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien , 2012, p. 19--25Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
vKungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2012
Series
Abstracts of Uppsala dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 0345-004X
Keywords
Minnesord
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186998 (URN)978-91-7402-413-5 (ISBN)
Projects
Bo Gräslund
Available from: 2012-12-02 Created: 2012-12-02 Last updated: 2012-12-02
Gräslund, B. (2012). Referee comment on Daniel Löwenborg: "An Iron Age Shock Doctrine: Did th3e AD 536-7 event trigger large-scale social changes in the Mälaren valley area". Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (4), 3
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Referee comment on Daniel Löwenborg: "An Iron Age Shock Doctrine: Did th3e AD 536-7 event trigger large-scale social changes in the Mälaren valley area"
2012 (English)In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History, no 4, p. 3-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia, 2012
Keywords
Climate
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187596 (URN)
Available from: 2012-12-08 Created: 2012-12-08 Last updated: 2012-12-18Bibliographically approved
Gräslund, B. & Price, N. (2012). Twilight of the gods?: The 'dust veil event' of AD 536 in critical perspective. Antiquity, 86(332), 428-443
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Twilight of the gods?: The 'dust veil event' of AD 536 in critical perspective
2012 (English)In: Antiquity, ISSN 0003-598X, E-ISSN 1745-1744, Vol. 86, no 332, p. 428-443Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The popular notion of social collapse consequent on natural catastrophe is here elegantly disentangled in a study of the dark summer of AD 536 Leaving aside the question of its cause, the authors show there is good scientific evidence for a climatic downturn, contemporary with good archaeological evidence for widespread disruption of settlement and population displacement in the northern latitudes. They then navigate through the shifting shadows of myth, and emerge with a welcome prize: strong circumstantial reasons for recognising that this widespread horror, like so many others, did leave its imprint on Scandinavian poetry and sculpture.

Keywords
early medieval Europe, AD 536, climate failure, dust veil, famine, epidemic, plague, myth, settlement, migration, Fimbulwinter, Ragnarok
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-177226 (URN)000304729100010 ()
Available from: 2012-07-12 Created: 2012-07-04 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Gräslund, B. (2010). Grahame Clark and Scandinavia. In: Arkadiusz Marciniak and John Coles (Ed.), Grahame Clark and his Legacy (pp. 97-113). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Grahame Clark and Scandinavia
2010 (English)In: Grahame Clark and his Legacy / [ed] Arkadiusz Marciniak and John Coles, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2010, p. 97-113Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper deals with Grahame Clark´s heavy commitments in Scandinavian archaeology all through his career. The rich Danish Mesolithic bog sítes opened his eyes for the possibility of finding Stone Age wetland sites also in Britain and of the archaeological potential of botany and other palaeo-environmental methods developed earlier in Scandinavia. Within short Clark blossomed out as the leading environmentalist of Stone Age research in north-western Europe. He did so thanks to his talent for both inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary work and by means of well planned fieldwork and publishing and through a stream of well-argued articles and books about almost eveery aspect of Stone age life in the area. The author also tries to characterize Clark as an archaeologist both against the background of his time and as a scholar in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132944 (URN)(10): 1-4438-2222-1, (ISBN)(13):978-1-4438-2222-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-10-29 Created: 2010-10-29 Last updated: 2013-04-12
Gräslund, B. (2010). Om relationen mellan arkeologi och ortnamnsforskning: med en diskussion om ägonamn, plurala bebyggelsenamn och begreppet gård. Namn och bygd, 98, 45-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om relationen mellan arkeologi och ortnamnsforskning: med en diskussion om ägonamn, plurala bebyggelsenamn och begreppet gård
2010 (Swedish)In: Namn och bygd, ISSN 0077-2704, Vol. 98, p. 45-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur, 2010
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology; Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169596 (URN)
Available from: 2012-03-04 Created: 2012-03-04 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Gräslund, B. (2009). Att leva i gård och by under järnåldern. In: Maj Reinhammar (Ed.), Folkkultur i fokus: tretton jubileumsföreläsningar (pp. 21-32). Uppsala: Kungl Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att leva i gård och by under järnåldern
2009 (Swedish)In: Folkkultur i fokus: tretton jubileumsföreläsningar / [ed] Maj Reinhammar, Uppsala: Kungl Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur , 2009, p. 21-32Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Kungl Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur, 2009
Series
Acta Academiae Regiae Gustavi Adolphi, ISSN 0065-0897 ; CVI
National Category
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121313 (URN)978-91-85352-79-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-03-21 Created: 2010-03-21 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved
Gräslund, B. (2009). Ekki nýtr sólar: När himlen färgades röd av gudarnas blod. In: Agneta Ney, Henrik Williams & Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist (Ed.), á austrvega. Saga and East Scandinavia: The 14th International Saga Conference. Uppsala 9th - 15th August 2009, Vol. 1.. Paper presented at The 14th International Saga Conference. Uppsala 9th - 15th August 2009 (pp. 318-326).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ekki nýtr sólar: När himlen färgades röd av gudarnas blod
2009 (Swedish)In: á austrvega. Saga and East Scandinavia: The 14th International Saga Conference. Uppsala 9th - 15th August 2009, Vol. 1. / [ed] Agneta Ney, Henrik Williams & Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, 2009, p. 318-326Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology; Scandinavian Languages; History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121314 (URN)978-91978329-0-8 (ISBN)
Conference
The 14th International Saga Conference. Uppsala 9th - 15th August 2009
Available from: 2010-03-21 Created: 2010-03-21 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved
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