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Die Runeninschrift auf der Gürtelschnalle von Pforzen als Zeugnis der germanischen Heldensage?
Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
2016 (German)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, E-ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 7, p. 29-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The pair Aigil and Aïlrun of the runic inscription on the Pforzen silver buckle (A.D. 570–600) is usually compared to the heroic couple Egill and Ǫlrún of Vǫlundar­kviða and Þiðreks saga, although there is no etymological reason for this. The collocation seems to be justified by the well-known phenomenon that he­ro­ic names often do not correspond exactly to their equivalents in a differ­ent lan­guage. The identification of aigil with Egill and a͡ïlrun with Ǫlrún has led to conclusions that go far beyond the basic evidence of the find and (the literal inter­pretation of) its inscription; its text is considered to be one of the oldest testimonies of Germanic heroic poetry taking its way from Conti­nental Ale­mannia to the Scandinavian North (or the other way round?). Attempts have been made to link the Pforzen inscription with the pictorial programme of the rune-inscribed Auzon (Franks) whalebone casket as well as with the Old English epic Beowulf. Prior to acceptance of the Pforzen inscription as a testi­mony of Germanic heroic legend, further investigation is necessary. It must be considered how the inscription fits into the system, the development, the trans­mission and the mediality of Germanic heroic legend.

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Oslo, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2016. Vol. 7, p. 29-45
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Continental runic inscriptions, South Germanic runic inscriptions, Pforzen silver buckle, Germanic heroic poetry, Germanic heroic legend
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-309052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-309052DiVA, id: diva2:1087634
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