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.