History Channel’s series „Vikings“ revolves around the legendary Viking Ragnar Loðbrók and his sons. In its six seasons, viewers witness one Viking family’s quest to explore, pillage and seize the world. The raging, colonial expansion of Ragnar & sons…
Disney’s ‚Frozen II‘ is a milestone and a huge step in the right direction concerning the collaboration with Indigenous people. The Sámi-inspired Northuldra seem great: they are innocent, have reindeer, are one with nature and can even do magic! But these stereotypes are deeply rooted in the history of texts about the Sámi and still have an impact today.
Tell Me Where You Come From and I Will Tell You Who You Are – Ibsen, the Modern Sami and the Medieval Finnar
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson argued that people exposed to the nature of the North could experience the same adventures as the characters in the sagas. Strange as this assumption may appear to us, Ibsen seemed to agree with it. In one quarter of his plays the main characters have strong connections to the North, and their portrayal was undoubtedly to a certain degree influenced by Ibsen’s contemporaries, but mainly by the Finnar’s depiction in the sagas he had read.