Vermin Gone Bad in Medieval Scandinavian, Persian, and Irish Traditions
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CitationNagy, Joseph Falaky. 2018. Vermin Gone Bad in Medieval Scandinavian, Persian, and Irish Traditions. In Old Norse Mythology—Comparative Perspectives, edited by Pernille Hermann, Stephen A. Mitchell, Jens Peter Schjødt, and Amber J. Rose, 323-340. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
AbstractThe tales in medieval Scandinavian literature centered on the legendary entrepreneur Ragnarr loðbrók, his wives, and his sons famously feature several serpentine motifs. The narrative construct of a family literally and metaphorically bound together by dragon-like creatures under the control of a daughter, wife, or mother is also to be found in Iranian and Irish storytelling tradition. The parallels point to a genetic mythological relationship among these (in other respects) disparate stories, whose deep-seated affinity cannot be explained on the basis of intercultural borrowing.
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