How Icelandic Legends Reflect the Prohibition on Dancing


ARV – Nordic Yearbook of Folklore (61) 2005, 25–52.

The following article is about repression, and how repressed culture can find expression in legends. As a discussion of culture in the broader sense would probably demand extensive research and a lot of space, I have chosen to narrow the focus and concentrate on one manifestation: dancing. I will begin by describing the opposition of the Icelandic authorities to dancing, which resulted in its apparent disappearance in the eighteenth century. Read more: ARV.