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17th - Sep - 2011 - 11:42 pm - fuck no
logeirr: (Go and boil your bottoms you sons of sil)
I have it up to here.
You anime fangurls can go stick your shitty bishifantasies, dumb names und speshul feelings up to where the sun doesn't shine. Oh, and just a hint: do grow up. Maybe then your life will actually start to be entertaining and interesting for once.
18th - Mar - 2011 - 01:24 am - back to nerd mode
logeirr: (TLU: Hunter)
{Edit: In case this wasn't clear enough, this is me fangirling. About Hetalia. OBVIOUSLY.}

I started reading Tacitus' Germania, and figured that quite a lot of social structures have not changed that much (granted, Tacitus does not delve as deep as he could have - but the few limited views he grants us, I find quite telling). They coincide with Viking social structure quite nicely. Does not sound that amazing (yet), but if you consider most sources on Viking society were written during the high middle ages... that's a gap of about 1000 odd years. Has so little changed? Or rather, are the fundamental powers still intact because of the things which have NOT changed (landscape, climate, foes)? Plus, isn't the sheer preservation in the face of Christianity just astonishing! Regardless, using what we know of Viking homosexuality and its hazards to back us up, Tacitus' record on punishment suddenly gains another level of meaning - So lets recapture, and then assume...

[Licet apud concilium accusare quoque et discrimen capitis intendere. distinctio poenarum ex delicto: proditores et transfugas arboribus suspendunt, ignavos et imbelles et corpore infames caeno ac palude, iniecta insuper crate, mergunt. Diversitas supplicii illuc respicit, tamquam scelera ostendi oporteat, dum puniuntur, flagitia abscondi.]

In their councils an accusation may be preferred or a capital crime prosecuted. Penalties are distinguished according to the offense. Traitors and deserters are hanged on trees; the coward, the unwarlike, the man stained with abominable vices, is plunged into the mire of the morass, with a hurdle put over him. This distinction in punishment means that crime, they think, ought, in being punished, to be exposed, while infamy ought to be buried out of sight.
                                                                                                                     - Germania, Ch. XII
 

I am merely speculating, of course. Considering virðing/drengskapr (similar to lat. virtus) as the forever unachievable ideal/social system, its origin and power it undeniably had over Vikings, the punishment for cowards does not seem so out of place anymore. The opposite of honor is shame, and what shames a man more if not meeting the ideal - an ideal, that is the ultimate goal of each individual. If a man is less than what he is supposed to be - what is he, then? Something different, the opposite. He must, by default, thus be female (or an animal.) Now, I won't open that Pandora's box today of how women were viewed - mostly because Tacitus' record of that differs a little from later Viking society's standard - and skip right into the actual argument instead:

Perversity, "the man stained with abominable vices", is regarded as severe as cowardice. How do these two coincide? Taking into account that only the receiving partner in a homosexual encounter had to suffer the full penalty of his sordid (or should I say sorðinn? Hurhurhur) act while the active partner is undoubtedly the victor, homosexuality was first and foremost a demonstration of dominance.It was a practice used against enemies and competitors as means of establishing a position within society. There was nothing shameful in using a man like a woman, but certainly in being used, in submitting and becoming less than a man. Simply the accusation of being a coward and thus unmanly, was so utterly shameful, a discredit disrupting not only to the man's equilibrium (helgi), but his kin's, that the Icelandic and Norwegian laws demanded the death (or exile) of the accuser, if it was unfounded.

Due to Tacitus' accumulation, we can easily make the connection between the coward, the unmanly and the sexual deviant. They all denote the same kind of person. It is obvious, then, why they would all be doomed to the same fate as well. Unlike traitors and deserters, whose crime it were to nourish different morals and not a fundamental flaw in their nature. One could even assume, that hanging traitors up on trees for all to see, the meaning becomes "Don't do it", as opposed to the unmistakable message of "Don't be it" when it comes to the second group of offenders.

I am not sure whether anyone has compared Tacitus' account of Germanic life/costume etc with the much later age of the Vikings, but I am sure, I wasn't the first one to follow that train of thought.  Aaaaanyways. What's more important right now... OMG I CAN HAZ?

15th - Mar - 2011 - 02:39 pm - Temperament
logeirr: (List)
Der Unterschied zw. Skandinavistik und Anglistik - Ich habe in einer höflichen Email um einen Termin bei den jeweiligen Studienfachberatungen gebeten und bekam nun diese Antworten.

Skandi:

Hej Lucca,

herzlichen Glückwunsch zu deiner Immatrikulation und willkommen am Nordeuropa-Institut! (Ich hoffe, das skandinavische „du“ ist für dich ok.)

Du kannst gern diese Woche vorbeikommen – ich bin jeden Tag ab spätestens 9 Uhr erreichbar. Nächste Woche bin ich nur Montag im Institut…

Bis dann, Tomas

Anglistik:

Mi, 23.3.11, zwischen 10.15 u.11.30h, UL6, R.3018.
MfG, BS

Noch Fragen?
14th - Feb - 2011 - 12:55 am - h/yelp!
logeirr: (2)
Am I really the only one who still craves Caramon/Raistlin?

It's all I can think of.
If I wasn't so shy and lazy, I'd have written at least 5 fanfics about them in the last few days by now. I've got it all laid out - in my head.
Shit.

As for something completely unrelated: I finally watched Apt Pupil. Ian McKellen is still one charming old bastard. ♥_♥ He's so subtle and sophisticated, gnaaah.
7th - Feb - 2011 - 02:34 pm - SOÐLICE!
logeirr: (Sherlock: Not a Date)
write
    O.E. writan "to score, outline, draw the figure of," later "to set down in writing" (class I strong verb; past tense wrat, pp. writen), from P.Gmc. *writanan "tear, scratch" (cf. O.Fris. writa "to write," O.S. writan "to tear, scratch, write," O.N. rita "write, scratch, outline," O.H.G. rizan "to write, scratch, tear," Ger. reißen "to tear, pull, tug, sketch, draw, design"), outside connections doubtful. Words for "write" in most I.E languages originally mean "carve, scratch, cut" (cf. L. scribere, Gk. grapho, Skt. rikh-); a few originally meant "paint" (cf. Goth. meljan, O.C.S. pisati, and most of the modern Slavic cognates).

Also hätte das dt. "schreiben" auch als "reißen" oder "ritzen" enden können. Stattdessen haben wir uns ans Lateinische gehalten. Schade, schade.
17th - May - 2010 - 06:06 pm - PIMPING
logeirr: (2)
OMG. YOU GUYS. I DON'T EVEN.

Dragonlance Kink Meme



*A* I didn't know I needed it like burning but now that I do.... fresh and sparkling new Kinkmeme. I don't know the woman who came up with it, but let me just say: YES. BRILLIANT. \o/ Exactly what I needed today.

Edit:
Pyros came over and we put my new shiny DSA-character together for tomorrow (a Thorwaler Skald). I decided to try joining an RP-group again, asking him for his help. It's been quite a while since I tried my hand at traditional P&P roleplaying, the previous groups had all failed me in the past ;_; sadface. So I am really looking forward to this group. I know it won't be brilliant at the start because I am a new, strange face and I haven't played in so long, I am not even sure if I can still do it without blushing with embarrassment, but it's def. worth a try. Additionally, Pyros gave me the Exclusive Variant action figure of Rorschach. Aaaah, it's so pretteeee x3~! *looks at it adoringly*

Tomorrow we'll also go look for a new flat °_°;; interesting times, that's for sure.
4th - Jan - 2010 - 11:00 am - Nothing ever ends.
logeirr: (SW: Qui-Gon Bitch Plz)
Cuz I liked it, here, have it again. Pchat NOII



I know I still owe a couple of you some drawings and I assure you, I am working on it ò_ó/ These days there are only three things on my mind, actually. Final exams, drawing (Watchmen) and moving to Leipzig in March/April. Laura and I decided to devise a plan of action that will get us through the last exams and help us prepare accordingly. Lets see what comes of it. Luckily, with this rather bright looking prospect of being DONE and moving and then having time and opportunity to draw 24/7, my depressive inclinations have vanished over the holidays (and, admittedly, the heavy snowfall is part of the reason, as well). Even my eye mostly ceased twitching...
Man, I can't wait to furnish the flat with Rai (it's an Altbauwohnung with tiled coal stoves). Aaaaaah~! 2010 is going to be a great year, the horoscope says so. It might have just begun, yet it already feels like more of a success than 2009. 2009 sucked.

Oh, and even if somewhat belated: Happy new year!
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