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COML 259 Vikings: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies (HC)

Comparative Literature 259 Vikings: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies (Mills) Spring 2017

Finding Background Information


Picture stone from Tjängvide, Gotland, Sweden (Statens Historiska Museet, Navavagen, Sweden)

Odin rides Sleipnir in the upper scene; a Viking ship carries men in the scene below (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


The following sources provide overviews of ideas, people, and literary works important for the study of issues connected to death in the Middle Ages.  They are a quick way to begin getting background information and to identify some current points of debate.

When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.

Handbooks and Guides

Encyclopedias on the Middle Ages