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Þórgunna’s Dinner and Other Medieval Liminal Meals: Food as Mediator between this World and the Hereafter

From the book Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

  • Andrea Maraschi


This contribution represents a literary-anthropological analysis of Þórgunna’s nightly apparition scene in the Eyrbyggja saga. This has been deconstructed and compared with other medieval tales of encounters between nonhuman entities and the living that are similarly based on the exchange/offering/ sharing of food, leading to a substantial reinterpretation of Þórgunna’s identity.

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