Runestone images and visual communication in Viking Age Scandinavia

Stern, Marjolein (2013) Runestone images and visual communication in Viking Age Scandinavia. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The aim of this thesis is the visual analysis of the corpus of Viking Age Scandinavian memorial stones that are decorated with figural images. The thesis presents an overview of the different kinds of images and their interpretations. The analysis of the visual relationships between the images, ornamentation, crosses, and runic inscriptions identifies some tendencies in the visual hierarchy between these different design elements. The contents of the inscriptions on runestones with images are also analysed in relation to the type of image and compared to runestone inscriptions in general. The main outcome of this analysis is that there is a correlation between the occurrence of optional elements in the inscription and figural images in the decoration, but that only rarely is a particular type of image connected to specific inscription elements.

NB. Please note that the images have been removed from the online version of this thesis. A hard-bound copy is available in the Nottingham University Library, or contact the author (

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Jesch, J.
Lee, C.
Keywords: Runes, Inscriptions, runic
Subjects: P Language and literature > PD Germanic languages
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Item ID: 14291
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 06:17

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