Yasmine Musharbash, University of Sydney The word “monster” was coined from two Latin verbs “monere” (to warn) and “demonstrare” (to reveal). In tandem, they create a sense of warning, or … Continue Reading From the Jarnpa of Central Australia to Trolls: The Many Meanings of Monsters
Judith Jesch, University of Nottingham We all know about the Vikings. Those hairy warriors from Scandinavia who raided and pillaged, and slashed and burned their way across Europe, leaving behind … Continue Reading What Does The Word ‘Viking’ Really Mean?
Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Cambridge The Vikings are more popular than ever. TV shows such as Last Kingdom and Vikings have added dramatic license to particular historical accounts, while … Continue Reading Viking Homes Were Stranger Than Fiction: Portals to the Dead, Magical Artefacts and ‘Slaves’
Rebecca Merkelbach, University of Cambridge “I’ve come to kill your monster!” exclaims Beowulf in the 2007 film version of the epic poem. But how do his suspicious Danish hosts know … Continue Reading Outlaws, Trolls and Berserkers: Meet the Hero-Monsters of the Icelandic Sagas