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From Krakens To Fish Drivers: Monstrous Fishes In North Atlantic History And Literature

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Whales appear in medieval literature as one of nature?s antipathies, creatures either malevolent themselves or associated with and controlled by evil beings or malignant forces. A book 'Monstrous Fishes,' is devoted to whales and sea monsters and how the northern Norwegians used them. The kraken according to the King?s Mirror, as in modern Shetlandic folklore, was the most exotic and most fearsome creature of the seas, The kraken, as in modern Shetlandic folklore, was the most exotic and most fearsome creature of the seas. The Fish driver, identified as the modern species Fin whale, was protected. Scavenging of beached cetaceans is described as the preeminent form of whale acquisition. The whales of the North Atlantic were seen by some as common medieval stereotypes, monstrous, massive, and always useful. The texts surveyed reveal numerous examples of variations on a well-worn myth, but variations with nuance and complexity.

Keywords: 'Monstrous Fishes'; cetaceans; Fish Driver; King's Mirror; Kraken; North Atlantic; Norwegian



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