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This course critically evaluates representations and functions of Old Norse myth and legend in both medieval and modern contexts. It will enable students to better understand the myths, beliefs and stories of Viking and medieval Scandinavia in their own historical contexts, and to analyse the political and cultural implications of their endurance, significance and popularity into the modern world.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
This course explores (in translation) the main primary sources for Old Norse myth and legend, enabling students to better understand Viking and medieval Scandinavian myths, beliefs, gods and heroes, in their original historical contexts. Once an understanding of the medieval sources (mainly textual, including poetry and prose, but also material and artistic evidence) has been established, the course considers the ongoing impact and significance of these myths and tales in various historical contexts up to today. We will critically evaluate representations of the Old Norse world in contexts from national socialism to Hollywood, and consider the political and cultural implications of post-medieval uses (and abuses) of Norse myth and legend.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Online Exam (60%)
1,000 word Gobbet Exercise (20%)
1,000 word Essay Response (20%)
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Factual||Remember||ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.|