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Patricia Conroy Memorial Lecture, April 14th, 3:30PM, Univ of Washington Club

Submitted by Caroli Leiman on April 5, 2016 - 11:43am
The Faroese drunnur (dried sheep's tail)
The Faroese drunnur (dried sheep's tail)

Paganism, Genre, and Table Scraps: The Tale of Völsi and the Faroese drunnur

Scholars have long since noted similarities between the Faroese custom called “sending the drunnur” (að senda drunn) and the supposedly pre-Christian ritual described in the 14th-century Icelandic “Tale of Völsi.” In one, a dried sheep’s tail is handed around the table; in the other, it’s a preserved horse penis that goes hand-to-hand. We can do more than simply note the obvious, however: Faroese sources can help us see how theauthor of Völsa þáttr made a convincing paganism out of preexisting genres and table scraps

Join us at UW Club Pacific Room on Thursday, Apr 14, 2016, 3:30 – 5 p.m