Nordic MythologySemester Course

Nordic Mythology, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
History, Literature, Religious Studies
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

The religion and worldview of the pre-Christian Scandinavians is reflected in the mythology preserved in medieval texts and poems from the Viking Age (800-1050). The course is based on readings of these primary texts and the Icelandic Sagas that provide further glimpses into the culture and values of the Vikings. Analysis of the sagas as anthropological source material, as well as literature, completes the course. Throughout the semester, Field Studies to museums and archaeological sites help us reconstruct Viking spiritual life.


Bettina Sejbjerg Sommer

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty (History of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 2006), specializing in Nordic Religions and Scandinavian Folklore. She teaches Nordic Mythology at the University of Copenhagen in addition to courses about storytelling at DIS. With DIS since 2006.

European Humanities, Bettina Sommer

Morten Warmind

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 1998). (Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 1984). Associate Professor and Director of Studies, Department of History of Religion, University of Copenhagen. With DIS 1990-1997 and since 2000.

European Humanities, Morten Warmind