Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dwarf Fever – An Anglo-Saxon Medical Spell Translated

The following “metrical charm” (so catalogued by Krapp and Dobbie) from the Lacnunga is fascinating, even if not particularly metrical. After some Christian mumbo-jumbo, a jingle recounting a seemingly pagan mythological scenario serves as an incantation to drive away a fever, envisioned as the result of possession by a dwarf. The dwarf has to be […]