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Ernberg, Nicklas: De gamla gudarnas viskningar. En kvalitativ textanalys på serietidningen Northlanders. Självständigt arbete på grundnivå (yrkesexamen), Linnéuniversitetet, Fakulteten för konst och humaniora, Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper 2017 (35 S.). 
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Resource type: Thesis/Dissertation
Languages: Swedish
BibTeX citation key: Ernberg2017
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Keywords: "Northlanders", Middle Ages, Religion, USA, Wood. Brian
Creators: Ernberg
Publisher: Linnéuniversitetet, Fakulteten för konst och humaniora
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This essay is an analysis of Brian Wood's Viking epic Northlanders, published by Vertigo/DC between the years of 2007-2012. The aim is to identify how Old Norse faith and Christianity are portrayed. This is done by using the theory of representation as developed by Stuart Hall and putting them into the historical context of a postmodern, secular western world of thought. The research shows a wide variety of religiosity in both Norse and Christian characters. Some common trends have been identified though, and these are a general appreciation of physical strength within the Norse religion and a general tendency in Norse religion to explain natural phenomena and to have fatalistic leanings while Christianity rather seeks to offer comfort in times of need. The results also show that one of the greater roles Christianity plays in Northlanders is contributing to, or sometimes forcing a societal change, while the practitioners of the Norse faith tend to lean toward stability. There is also a tendency to present the northerners as outcasts, while the Christian counterparts are part of an establishment.
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