Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 12497
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Grundy , Stephan.
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  • Title: The Viking's Mother: Relations Between Mothers and Their Grown Sons in Icelandic Sagas
  • Source: Medieval Mothering.  Edited by John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler.  Garland Publishing, 1996.  Pages 223 - 237.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Iceland Mothers in Literature Sagas Sons in Literature Witches Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: Scandinavia
  • Century: General
  • Related Resources: Stephen [sic] Grundy also focuses on Norse motherhood in his analysis of the witch-mother and her sons. He finds mothers and sons in complimentary roles. Mothers forward the interests of their sons while sons protect their mothers from both physical and l
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  • Illustrations: The mother-son relationship in Icelandic sagas is a close one, especially when the mother appears as a witch who protects or promotes her son. Contrasted with her legal and physical powerlessness, the witch-mother's social and personal power intensified the relationship; her actions reinforce the social norm and call attention to its boundaries. [Reproduced by permission of Garland Publishing.]
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  • Year of Publication: 1996.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815323417
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