Grave of Arthur Middleton Reeves
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member imposterpockets
N 39° 10.322 W 084° 31.666
16S E 713569 N 4338778
Quick Description: The is the runic gravestone of philologist Arthur Middleton Reeves. (1856 - 1891)
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 6:39:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM62EF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 4

Long Description:
This is the runic gravestone of Arthur Middleton Reeves, brought from Iceland to Spring Grove Cemetery to mark his final resting place. Mr. Reeves was a dedicated philologist (someone who studies ancient texts). He learned German, Swedish, Icelandic, French, Italian, Danish, and Spanish, but came to specialize in the Norse Languages.

Apparently, the use of the serpent is common for these type of gravestones. However, I could not find information on the meaning of the snake being tied in a knot.

Please note that Mr. Reeves lived and died long before the emergence of the Nazi usage of the swastika. Its placement on this Icelandic carved gravestone likely refers to the swastika's connections to:
  • Mundilfari, an Old Norse god, the father of the sun
  • Thor, the Norse god of the weather and his hammer
  • its appearance in Icelandic books about magic
Description:
Arthur Middleton Reeves was a dedicated philologist (someone who studies ancient texts) knowledgeable in German, Swedish, Icelandic, French, Italian, Danish, and Spanish, but came to specialize in the Norse Languages.


Date of birth: 10/07/1856

Date of death: 02/25/1891

Area of notoriety: Literature

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: 8: a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

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