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Vol. I. Poetry for Scandinavian Rulers 1: From Mythological Times to c. 1035

Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300

Vol. VII. Poetry on Christian Subjects


(○. The Old Norse World)

○. The Old Norse World (TW)

This project is still in its inception. It has two very broad aims:

  1. To define the major reference points for concepts used by those working on the early Nordic regions and related areas including the people, places, material objects, words and texts which are referred to by different projects.
  2. To provide a forum for documenting and analysing that material which includes a full peer-review process and a means for publication recognised by most research funding and assessment bodies.
A number of changes need to be made to implement each.

1. Reference points

Defining the structure

The current resource is built on the skaldic database. There have been a number of major structural changes to the database to incorporate these concepts, but more work needs to be done:


  • People: The categories in this concept currently belong to different tables. Skalds and authors are listed in the ‘skalds’ table, along with some non-people categories of anonymous material. Historical persons are included in the ‘thing’ table, along with Norse and Classical mythological beings and named objects, which probably should form part of this category given the overlap between the mythological, legendary, historical and literary in the corpus. The ‘thing’ table also includes places, which belongs to a different category, plus other material which should probably be removed.
  • Texts: There has been lots of work here to incorporate all prose and poetic works into a single table (‘text’), including non-Norse texts. In addition, these are divided into standard divisions — chapters and stanzas — which are numbered. Some standardisation needs to be done on these where the divisions are not authoritative. The current list is based on the ONP Registre, and the Skaldic Project, with some minor additions and modifications.
  • Places: Places and their names are included in the ‘thing’ table but largely use a different set of columns from the biographical entries. These should easily be removed from the thing table and put into their own table which incorporates the geographical elements.
  • Objects: Unique objects which provide texts, images or other information about the Old Norse world have been incorporated into a single table, with a facitily for adding images and linking text. Some minor manipulation is needed here. The list in the database is based on the ONP Registre, the old site
  • Books: The bibliographic database is based on the Skaldic Project and incorporates tables for works, journals and authors, as well as images. The interface could be improved and better incorporated with other bibliographic resources.

Populating the resource and resolving conflicts

Managing the data in each category needs to be done carefully.

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2. Formalising publication

There are some processes that need to be done in order to make the resource appropriate for scholarly reference and assessment:

  • Appointment of an editorial board
  • Development of a peer review mechanism
  • Definition of serialisation of the output (journal + issues/volumes, etc.)
  • Development of print output
  • Application for an ISSN
  • Development of DOI name resolution (funding required)
[to be expanded...]

© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.

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