The concept of time and space in medieval visions in Tundal’s Vision

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 1, 2008

Original scientific paper

Gordana Galić Kakkonen ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Splitu, Split, Croatia

pages 63-74



There is a noticeable spatialisation of time present in the visionary texts dealing with the concept of the otherworld. Past, present and future are allocated and closely related. In medieval prose, space and time can be either strictly determined or completely ignored and unimportant. Only the happening itself is important, since it contains the eternal and the otherworldly. We can find both aspects in Tundal’s Vision. Despite the fact that Tundal’s Vision is thought to be one of the most developed and elaborated visions, it is noticeable how the organisation of the otherworld regions has not progressed in the way found in earlier visions. The idea of the otherworld’s integrity does not exist. Only the time and the space of the narrative can be firmly established in the text.


medieval prose; otherworld; space; time; visions