Trickster's Daughter (lokis_dottir) wrote,
Trickster's Daughter

Academic drafts...

You know, I must admit to taking a certain sort of demented pleasure in finding errors in other people's research. I came across one such today. In Adalsteinsson's "Under the Cloak" he makes a reference to the 4th section of the Saga of Eirik the Red that details Thorbjorg's visit to the farm. In the body of his text, he quotes someone else that 'the pagan gods are not mentioned in connection with this activity, but it is considered so pagan that a Christian left the farm while this magic was being performed." Now... I've re-read the 4th section of Eirik the Red's saga several times, and well, it's wrong. Gudrid, who knows the ward songs, but is Christian is reluctant to participate, but eventually does.

Adalsteinsson, messed up, and more so, whoever he was quoting messed up. (Unless my quote from Adalsteinsson is out of context, I'll have to compare with the original text of Under the Cloak later)... but it's like catching a fairly well respected scholar in your field with his pants down. For whatever reason, it's sorta uplifting my thesis beleaguered spirits.

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