Drauginir: Revenants in Old Icelandic Sagas

Draugar

It is this humanity in a monster that helps to show why these draugar fascinate us so much. The “others” that exist outside the boundaries of society: the weird old ladies that people label as evil witches, the misshapen, the “freaks” that Tod Browning made famous are funhouse mirror images of ourselves.

INTERVIEW: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings

An interview with author Nancy Brown on her latest medieval offering: “Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths”.

Sir Walter Scott and Eyrbyggja Saga

Norsemen_Landing_in_Iceland - Eyrbiggia-Saga

The influence of this interest in ancient Scandinavia on Scott’s own work has also been traced and examined in great detail…

Remnants of Revenants: The Role of the Dreaded Draugr in Medieval Iceland

Draugr - ghosts

The Vikings brought the ancient Germanic literary tradition from Scandinavia to the rest of Europe.

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