Mimir’s Well is a column written for 'The Orcadian' newspaper by members of the team at the Institute of Northern Studies.
Mimir is a giant from Old Norse mythology, renowned for his wisdom. The source of Mimir’s wisdom was the water of a well by the root of Yggdrasil, the World Tree, known as Mimir’s Well. The god Odin wanted a share in Mimir’s wisdom too, which he got, but he had to leave one of his eyes to Mimir as a pledge. This is how Odin became the wisest of the gods.
The column Mimir’s Well appears now and again, depending on what inspires us to write. As we are a multidisciplinary team, the topics of the column will span widely, from history and archaeology via folklore and ethnology to literature and language.
Hopefully it will inspire you, too.
'Views in Orkney and on the North Eastern Coast of Scotland' by Countess Duchess of Sutherland (Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, 1765-1839)
Wednesday 27 October 2021
Sir David Sinclair’s fine clothes listed in his will in 1506
Monday 16 August 2021
Orkney: Late Medieval Dress
Monday 19 April 2021
Legends of King Arthur in Medieval Scotland
Friday 15 January 2021
The Remarkable Survival of Medieval Churches in Orkney
Tuesday 15 September 2020
Of Pirates, Vikings, and Media Tourists
Sunday 31 May 2020
HIRDMEN AND HANDSEL
Thursday 16 April 2020
Ting sites in Scandinavia and Orkney
Friday 20 March 2020
The runic inscriptions of Maeshowe: reflections of a field runologist
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Kirkwall – from Norse Thing Site to Council Seat
Monday 27 January 2020
Monday 2 December 2019
Can we make tourists love the intangible?
Monday 23 September 2019
Scapa 100 - Lost futures and hidden pasts; the journey to Peace-Land
Thursday 11 July 2019
A Viking tooth fairy?
Thursday 9 May 2019
Orkney’s Cutting-Edge Role in Archaeology
Thursday 18 April 2019
Why is it (almost) never ogham?
Wednesday 16 January 2019
What about Orkney's Connectivity
Tuesday 26 February 2019
`Islandness’ – a contributor to island sporting success?
Tuesday 29 January 2019
Badges of Identity – women’s dress fittings in Viking Age Scotland
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Columba, Nessie, and the Deadly Loathsome Little Creatures
Thursday 10 May 2018