Magic, sorcery, and witchcraft are among the most common themes of the great medieval Icelandic sagas and poems. Yet little is known about this side of the Viking story. Neil Price, author of The Viking Way: Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia takes us on a journey into the magical heart of the Vikings bringing alive just what magic and sorcery meant to their society and delivers a side to the Vikings that we have not come across in popular mythology.
In this engaging talk Neil will explore old Norse texts that illustrate strong elements of eroticism and aggression, with sorcery appearing as a fundamental domain of women’s power, linking them with the gods, the dead and the future. Their battle spells and combat rituals complement the men’s physical acts of fighting. Delivering a complicated and little-known gender and sexual identity and power structure based within a supernatural and real-world empowerment of the Viking way of life.