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Identifier: socialscandinavi00will Title: Social Scandinavia in the Viking age Year: 1920 (1920s) Authors: Williams, Mary Wilhelmine, 1878-1944 Subjects: Scandinavia -- Civilization Scandinavia -- Social life and customs Publisher: New York : The Macmillan company Contributing Library: University of California Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: MSN View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: h, the chairsrwere richly carved, usually,,,,with animal designs or with ^figures of favorite deities or -heroes. One seat mentionedin the sagas had upon itsback a representation of thegod Thor, with his hammerin his hand. The most im-portant seat in the stofa be-longed to the master of thehouse, and was kno^vn as the4iigh seat. It seems tohave always stood at theright of the person enteringthe hall, and was distin-guished from the other fur-niture by two high-seat pillars standing in front ofit, on which was carved the image of some god, usuallyThor. These pillars seem to have been entirely sep-arate from the chair, and were of considerable height,sometimes extending to the roof. The seat of the mas-ter was perhaps very little, if any, handsomer than othersin the room; it was the position it occupied in the roomand the fact that it belonged to the head of the housethat made the high seat, the seat of honor.^ The seat 2 Baatli, Nordiskt Forntidslif, 136; Weinhold, Altnordisches Lehen, Text Appearing After Image: Fig. 10. Carved Chair, BackView. (From Du Chaillus Vik-ing Age. Copyright 1889. Pub-lished by Charles Scribners Sons.) 146 SOCIAL SCANDINAVIA IN THE VIKING AGE Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.

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