Presentation Title

Viking Heroes and Monsters and What They Represent

Faculty Mentor

Samuel Claussen

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 9:45 AM

Location

C305

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

How long has a monster been under the bed? Creatures have historically always been lurking in the darkness, be they vampires in eastern Europe or Krakens in the sea. Monsters are ever present in mythology, but they hold a special role in the mythology and culture of Scandinavia. Scandinavian culture offers a host of monsters and heroes to fight them, each often representing a larger dynamic in society. Monsters in Scandinavian culture reflect a morbid and evil view of the world, but the heroes who defeat these monsters, whether those monsters are directly a beast or a monstrous man, represent a solution to the complex problems that Scandinavians face, such as the patterns of natural phenomenon, complex family relations, honor, and religious differences.

Summary of research results to be presented

The research concluded a significant link to the ever changing values and culture of Scandinavia, both as a "pagan" and christian nation. Viking heroes and monsters from a variety of sources, including the Voluspa and Beowulf, show precedent to both issues as common place as family structure and more complex issues like managing non-christian minority groups in a rapidly Christening culture. Topics include family discipline, gender roles, managing multiple faiths and the basis for a uniquely Scandinavian worldview.

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Nov 17th, 9:30 AM Nov 17th, 9:45 AM

Viking Heroes and Monsters and What They Represent

C305

How long has a monster been under the bed? Creatures have historically always been lurking in the darkness, be they vampires in eastern Europe or Krakens in the sea. Monsters are ever present in mythology, but they hold a special role in the mythology and culture of Scandinavia. Scandinavian culture offers a host of monsters and heroes to fight them, each often representing a larger dynamic in society. Monsters in Scandinavian culture reflect a morbid and evil view of the world, but the heroes who defeat these monsters, whether those monsters are directly a beast or a monstrous man, represent a solution to the complex problems that Scandinavians face, such as the patterns of natural phenomenon, complex family relations, honor, and religious differences.