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Demons, Muslims, Wrestling Champions: The Semantic History of Blámenn from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Century

From the book Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

  • Arngrímur Vídalín


This article explores the semantic history of the Old Norse-Icelandic word blámaðr. While scholars have traditionally focused only on its core meaning, “black African,” this article aims to illustrate how more complicated layers of meaning surround the word and its use in Old Norse literature.

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