Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Old Norse Nicknames

Medievalists.net today gives us a masters thesis by Paul Peterson at the University of Iceland on the subject of Old Norse nicknames.

The free pdf is a 67 page study of the phenomenon of nicknames in Old Norse literature, and is a very comprehensive study that covers the subject from a variety of angles including skaldic (poetic) nicknames, nicknames that eventually turn into proper names, and the use and significance of nicknames in ON literature itself. All in all a very enjoyable paper, and one that should be very interesting to those interested in Germanic naming conventions.

Contemporary Heathens who choose to assume a faith-name will find this paper of particular interest, as it goes beyond a mere list of names and meanings and discusses some of the significance of the choices.

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