The Norse myths that shape the way we think

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The Norse Myths That Shape the Way We Think

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 Tuesday 14 March 2023


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About the event

The heroes and villains of Norse mythology have endured for centuries, infiltrating art, opera, film, television and books; shape-shifting – like the trickster Loki – to suit the cultures that encountered them.

Carolyne Larrington offers a fresh look at the stories at the heart of Norse mythology and takes us deep into the realm of the Icelandic sagas, from the gloomy halls of Hel to the dazzling heights of Asgard. She explores how these powerful stories have inspired our cultural landscape, from fuelling the creative genius of Wagner to the construction of contemporary White supremacist ideology.


Carolyne Larrington is Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford. Her previous books include All Men Must Die: Power and Passion in Game of Thrones.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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