How to use the Database


Click where it tells you to.

You now have two choices. The first one assumes you want to know about a church: choose the CHURCH (locations are listed) the kind of CATEGORY you are interested in (church patron, image, etc., or "all categories" See the list of "categories".) and the SOURCES (i.e. the time period, including "all sources". Note that NOT ALL CHURCHES ARE MENTIONED IN ALL SOURCES. If you get nothing for your church in a given source, it means the church is not mentioned in that source. Click on "search" to get the list of categories associated with saints in the period under consideration. If you have clicked "all sources", the categories will be listed chronologically according to source (i.e. all the categories from one source will be listed together.) Note that the lists are not additive: the same category may be mentioned in several sources. Also, it is possible that more than one category of a certain type is owned by the church - two images of the Virgin Mary, for example. In the next version of the database, these items will be numbered.
Anonymous category - i.e. when the saint associated with the object is not known - have been indicated by "nn".

The second search assumes you are looking for a specific SAINT. Choose the saint, object, and source as above. You will get a list of church locations; note that they are underlined. This means you can click on a church to find the context of a given object - you see that the church at Au­k˙la has an image of St. Andrew, and want to find out what other saints are represented at that church. Click on Au­k˙la to get full information about the saints associated with that church.

NOTE: The list includes saints not known from dedications in this diocese (they are found elsewhere in Iceland.) If you choose such a saint, your search will just come up blank.

NOTE: It may happen that more than one saint has the same name - John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, John of Holar - but the mßldagi may simply list "John." For this reason we have made entries with "nescius" "unknown". Suppose you want to find one of the three Johns; you will search for "John of Holar" or "John nescius." You find a few examples that are clearly the saint you want, and an awful lot of "Johns" who are not further specified. The thing to do now is click on the churches of the other "Johns" to see if there is a clue. At N˙pufell, for example, the full entry for the church informs you that the image of "John" is a head on a dish, clearly John the Baptist. At Svalbar­ on Svalbar­sstr÷nd, the patron of the church is John the apostle, so it's a good guess that the image is also of the apostle. Be careful, though - this is only a guess. There are often statues of saints who are not among the patrons of the church.


To see the original form of a piece of data, including the precise spelling of the terms, manuscript in which the information is contained, and date of that manuscript (as well as other information not yet searchable) click on the '=>' sign in the data column.

There is also a third search, which we are still working on; you are welcome to play with it if you want. Note, however, that it is necessary to spell out the name of a saint, rather than choosing from a list.