#NorseNews: Humour

What did Vikings find funny? Do we share a sense of humour with them?

We know that there was plenty of goading, particularly women goading men, often resulting in action or conflict. We know that Viking graffiti did not vary greatly from the type of content found on bus shelter walls – usually of a descriptive nature on women’s appearance, or simply leaving the writer’s name for posterity.

One of the Lewis Chessmen, a bishop on display at Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway

Dr Hannah Burrows of Aberdeen University has given the matter of Viking humour some thought:

Read more at https://www.medievalists.net/2021/04/viking-humour/

Or why not watch her lecture on the subject on YouTube.

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