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La Imagen del Dragón en Beowulf, Historia Peredur Vab Efrawc y Völsunga Saga

Santiago Barreiro & Luciana Cordo Russo

The presence of monsters with wormlike o serpentine forms that lies on a hoarded treasure and opposes some hero is an existing motif in medieval literature. It has different configurations in texts such as Beowulf, Völsunga Saga and Historia Peredur vab Efrawc. Our analysis involves a study of the specific vocabulary (emphasizing the etymology and the semantic fields), the narrative function (its insertion in the structure of the story, aim and motivations), and the particular socio-cultural role of each text. We conclude that over a set of common shared literary motifs grounded on a common rejection of hoarding, each dragon was constructed in a different way in each work; the Völsunga Saga focuses on kinship and genealogical elements, while Beowulf displays a more political-aristocratic core, and in Peredur the dragon is essentially part of a tale of adventure.

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