Studies in Upplandic Runography by Claiborne W. ThompsonStudies in Upplandic Runography by Claiborne W. Thompson

Studies in Upplandic Runography

byClaiborne W. Thompson

Paperback | February 6, 2015

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Studies in Upplandic Runography is a detailed treatment of the runic inscriptions from the province of Uppland, Sweden, where runic art reached a high point in A.D. 1200 and where runic inscriptions are most numerous. Most of the runic monuments discussed are from the eleventh century, an important period when Sweden was making the transition from paganism to Christianity.

The names of nearly fifty rune-carvers (runographers), professional and amateur, are known. However, many of the inscriptions were left unsigned. Claiborne Thompson examines the major problem of how an unsigned inscription is attributed to a known carver. Since each carver had a distinctive style which must be delineated, the book contains an exhaustive survey of the norms of Upplandic runography. In order to match the inscriptions with their carvers, Thompson analyzes the entire corpus of inscriptions from Uppland, their formation, the artistic designs they bear, the shapes of the runes on them, the orthography and language on them, and the manner in which they were carved.

Thompson then establishes a set of criteria for determining the authorship of a runic monument, stressing rune forms. All of the criteria are used in an extensive discussion of the carvings of Asmund Karasun, an interesting and influential carver from the first half of the eleventh century.

In addition, Thompson’s review of research describes scholarly interest in the problems of runography beginning in the early seventeenth century. The book includes an introductory sketch of the cultural background of Uppland and relates the runic tradition to historical and cultural traditions in eleventh-century Sweden.

Claiborne W. Thompson taught Germanic Languages at the University of Michigan.
Title:Studies in Upplandic RunographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 6, 2015Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292769407

ISBN - 13:9780292769403

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Formulation
    • The Memorial Formula
    • The Prayer
    • The Addition
    • The Signature
  • 3. Design
  • 4. Rune Forms
  • 5. Orthography and Language
    • Consonants
    • Semi-vowels
    • Vowels
    • Diphthongs
    • Cryptography
  • 6. Technical Considerations
    • The Material
    • Cutting and Dressing the Stone
    • Carving
  • 7. Runographers, Attributions, and the Five Criteria
  • 8. Asmund Karasun
    • Signed Asmund Stones
    • Distinguishing Features of Asmund’s Style
    • Possible Signed Asmund Stones
    • Signed Asmund Stones with Co-Runographers
    • Unsigned Runic Monuments with Asmundic Features (part 1)
    • Unsigned Runic Monuments with Asmundic Features (part 2)
    • Other Monuments Perhaps Connected to Asmund
    • Summary of Signed and Attributed Stones
    • Chronological Questions
    • The Asmund-Osmundus Question
  • 9. Appendix: Previous Studies
    • The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
    • The Nineteenth Century
    • The Twentieth Century
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Index of Inscriptions