Vampires and Watchmen: Categorizing the Mediaeval Icelandic Undead

  title={Vampires and Watchmen: Categorizing the Mediaeval Icelandic Undead},
  author={{\'A}rmann Jakobsson},
  journal={JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology},
  pages={281 - 300}
  • Á. Jakobsson
  • Published 23 July 2011
  • Linguistics
  • JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology
One can imagine three ways to approach a mediaeval Icelandic draugr, a term which is usually glossed as ‘ghost’ in English.1 The first would be the most common one, to simply accept the definitions of the most influential nineteenth-century scholars, Konrad Maurer and Jon Arnason, and use them to categorize the mediaeval draugar. The second way would be to take every instance of the word draugr in mediaeval texts and analyze carefully what type of creature it seems to indicate, and then examine… 
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