Monday, February 20, 2012


When I was a child, I read and loved a book called 'TheWeirdstone of Brisingamen' by Alan Garner. I read it to my kids.
Brisingamen was treated as a proper noun in the book title but only Brisinga is. The Brisingar are the dwarfs who made Freyja's famous necklace. 'Men' is Old Norse for 'necklace'. I wonder if Garner knew that when he picked it for a title. There is no necklace in the story but there is a stone. It has little or no connection with wyrd either, which was the Old English word for 'fate' or 'Fortuna' but then Garner chose the later spelling of 'weird'. So we are probably to take it as 'odd' or 'strange' but it looks odd and strange to me.


Tracy said...

I haven't read this one yet, but I enjoyed the copy of Elidor you sent me.

Anachronist said...

TheWeirdstone of Brisingamen' by Alan Garner

I've heard about this one but never read it.

The Red Witch said...

This is the one he is most remembered for. It'll be in his obituary for sure.