Nordic Spirit Symposium


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Magic, Creatures and Legends

A Journey into Nordic Folklore

A unique lecture/performance program presented by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and California Lutheran University.  Go to for to see times and costs for the individual presentations below.


  • Riders on the Storm; Riders at the Door: The Nordic Legends of the Wild Ride
    Prof. Terry Gunnell of the University of Iceland
  • The Priest and the Devil in the Nordic Countries
    Prof. Terry Gunnell of the University of Iceland
  • How to Find and Identify Supernatural Creatures: Notes from Work with the Danish Troll Security Agency
    Prof. Timothy Tangherlini of the UCLA Scandinavian Section
  • Essential and Optional Magic in Finnish Daily Life: The Logic of Spells and Incantations in the Era before Magic Denial
    Prof. Thomas DuBois, Halls-Bascom Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Folklore of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ann-Marita Garsed, Scandinavian folk singer and storyteller from the Los Angeles area

Questions?  Contact Howard Rockstad at (805) 497-3717 or [email protected].

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