Saga Motifs on Gotland Picture Stones: The Case of Hildr Högnadóttir

Aðalheiður Guðmundsdóttir, 4. febrúar 2013

Gotland’s Picture Stones: Bearers of an Enigmatic Legacy. Gotländskt arkiv 2012, vol 84, 59–71.

The Gotland picture stones have long aroused interest and admiration, not only among tourists as objects of beauty and casual curiosity, but also among scholars who have been led to speculate about what they were originally intended to signify. One of the methods used to analyze and interpret the images has been to view them in the context of Old Norse literature. In this respect, three different strands of narrative material, or legends, have been identified as possible sources for preserved texts and comparable images referring to the Völsungs and the Gjúkungar, Wayland the Smith and the story of Hildr and Héðinn. Read more: Saga Motifs.