Norse and Anglo Saxon influences on modern art

I4detail

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Hey all.

Somehow I stumbled into a job teaching teens about the early middle ages (500-1000). The course is half history and half English.

What I wanted to do was look at how stories and tales from this era influences our stories even today and the paths taken. Think one of those string mindmaps, where you have one idea in the centre and from there strings that connect it to other ideas. For instance, how the story of Brunhild in the Volsung saga not only influenced Wagner, which in turn gave us What's Opera, Doc, but how it also influenced Sleeping Beauty and Shrek.

Of course there's the whole Anglo Saxon influence on LoTR, but I'm looking for things that aren't obvious. Vikings in Space, as it were.

Any sources on this topic that people can suggest? Any favourite Viking stories showing up in new forms in modern literature....
 

I4detail

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Oh, and events and people, too. How things that happened and people who actually lived during this time frame in Western Europe show up in modern times....
 
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