[Ansteorra] A Storm is Brewing

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Fri Nov 5 19:14:03 PDT 2010

On Nov 5, 2010, at 6:36 AM, Susan Wieland wrote:
> Recently, a journal published an article by an obscure author, (whose name I won't mention but there's stuff on Facebook about it) about Berserker's that was lifted out of Gunnora's "Viking Answer Lady" website word for word.  The plagiarist apologized when called on it saying it was a paper she "wrote" for her coursework.  She's going to be lucky if her degree isn't revoked.
> Damaris

Not very wise in several ways.

That article is also in the Florilegium NORSE section as:
Berserkergang-art (50K) 10/14/96 Article on Norse Viking Berserkers.

Note the date. And the dates below. Wonder how old the "author" was when the paper was first published, since they said they "wrote" it for coursework.

The article even says:
<<< "Berserkergang" by Gunnora Hallakarva. ...

From: gunnora at bga.com (Gunnora Hallakarva)
To: ansteorra at eden.com
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 18:38:47 -0500
Subject: Berserkergang


Portions of this paper previously appeared in Tournaments Illuminated.  The
materials dealing with the berserker motif and how it illuminates the
character of Grendel in the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf won the CAES Paper
Prize for 1988.

Part I:  Description of the Berserk
=================================================== >>>

So this person is not only violating the copyright on Gunnora's site but probably several papers and articles as well. I doubt Gunnora needs further evidence that it is her work, but I've probably got the original email somewhere and the list archive might even exist.

I believe I have Gunnora's explicit permission to use her work. But the last thing I would do is remove the credit for someone's work I use in the Florilegium. Also, Gunnora has never indicated she might want it, but my standard policy for anyone who has written an article for, or posted a message used in the Florilegium is that I will remove their work upon their request. Of course if I didn't think their comments or work was worth saving, it wouldn't get into the Florilegium. But I have removed some peoples messages and articles when they requested it, even though it can "gut" a file.


THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
   Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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