Talks

STORIES FOR OUR TIMES? RETELLING THE NORSE MYTHS

with Tom Birkett in association with Dublin City Council, Dublinia, the National University of Ireland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dublin

Royal Irish Academy

11/10/2019 at 1:00pm

Tom’s book, The Norse Myths, is the latest in a long line of retellings of the myths and legends of medieval Scandinavia. Working on the book presented an opportunity to reflect on the longstanding creative appeal of the myths and also the extraordinary resurgence of interest in recent years: what exactly is it about the Vikings and the stories of the Norse gods that makes them such a source of fascination for a twenty-first-century audience? Tom will consider some of the points of connection, and fracture, that a popular retelling rests upon, and suggest ways that a reworking of traditional material can be used to speak to contemporary concerns whilst also seeking to remain faithful to the medieval sources.

Booking required.