THE EVERLASTING DEAD: SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE HOLY SAINT AND THE HORRIFYING DRAUGR

  • Dan Laurin University of Oxford

Abstract

Abstract: The purpose of this article will be to examine the lives of different Icelandic and Continental Scandinavian saints in Biskupa sögur and compare them to the uniquely Icelandic revenant known as a draugr found mainly—but not limited to—the Íslendingasögur category. The figure of the saint and the dragur will be analysed through the scope of physical, behavioural, and supernaturally charged literary motifs to understand a compromise between how each figure reconciles the concept of death and the afterlife as well as their liminal grasp of corporeality which displays their similarity.

Published
2020-08-11
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Articles