- May 13, 2009
Isn't Beowulf a story about swedish people?
I'm sorry if anyone intend to use Beowulf for some kind of nationalism but it was deeply influenced by "Norse" stories. And I'm not sure that "Norse" mean anything by the way. I don't see why we could use only one word for so many different people while, for example, we need to use a lot of different ethnonyms to speak about the France of the same period... I prefer to say "Scandinavian", which is purely geographical. Because, you know, Scandinavian myths have probably been influenced by the Finn myths... And I would be happy to see some Kalevala into this game.
Just like in Tolkien's works by the way. In Europe, you can't imagine one mythology completely seperated from the others (even the Basque, with the Lamia...).
B ut Finnland isn't part of Scandinavia geographically... Finnland and Karelia aren't Scandinavia. There is a own word for Scandinavia + Finnland + Karelia. Fennoscandia. Scandinavia is just the part of Norway and Sweden (and a small part of northern Finnland). Oh and with Scandinavia you would exclude the Danes, a important part of the Norse world.