Scholarship

Several of Eirik’s scholarly works are available to the public. Here’s what’s out there so far.

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• Westcoat, Eirik. “A Vision of the Skald: Seeking the Ideal in the Probable Works of Snorri Sturluson.” MPhil thesis, University of Oslo, 2016.
This, his master’s thesis, is available at the University of Oslo’s public research archive: <https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/52012>. It’s 36,000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography.

 

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• Westcoat, Eirik. “The Goals of Galdralag: Identifying the Historical Instances and Uses of the Metre.” Saga-Book 40 (2016): 69–90.
This, his article on galdralag published by the Viking Society, is available on his academia.edu page: <https://www.academia.edu/28802822/>.

 

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• Westcoat, Eirik. “The Valknut: Heart of the Slain?” Odroerir: The Heathen Journal 3.2 (November 2015): 1–23.
This, his article on the valknut, published by Odroerir, is in available on the Odroerir website: <http://odroerirjournal.com/the-valknut-heart-of-the-slain/>.

 

Eirik also presents his research at academic conferences. Here’s a listing of his past presentations:

• “Old Norse Skaldic Authority: Tracing its Development.” At the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo Michigan, May 2017. [Look for a journal article based on this, eventually.]

• “The Poet’s Role: Heimskringla and Egils saga as a Guide to Snorri’s Vision for the Poet.” At the 5th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, Reykjavík, Iceland, April 2015.
[Material from this may be found in the Heimskringla and Egils saga chapters of his master’s thesis.]

• “Being a Poet: Snorri’s Mead Myth as an Esoteric Guide to Poetic Craft.” At the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2014.
[This material may be found in the Snorra Edda chapter of his master’s thesis.]

• “What Goals had Galdralag? A Look at the Uses of the Meter.” At the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2013.
[This material is in his published galdralag article.]