5 Times Vikings Infiltrated Pop Culture... As They Should

By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

Norse mythology and more specifically, Vikings, seem to show up in popular culture all the time. And why not? Clearly, we love them (ahem, Valhalla Java) Fierce warriors from a time long forgotten rich with epic stories depicting gods, magic, and monsters. Here a few examples:


Vikings and Norse gods have thousands of stories and poems written about them, many from a thousand years ago. But they do seem to show up in modern literature as well. One of the most famous examples is the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Odin, Loki and many more gods appear in the story and the book has now been made into a TV series for the FX channel.

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Plenty of bands like to take the themes associated with Vikings and put them in their lyrics or their artwork, especially metal bands. Some of the best examples are bands like The Sword, Amon Amarth, and Doomsword. One of the most famous examples of a song with lyrics featuring Norse mythology is Led Zepplin's Immigrant Song. (Fight the horde, sing and cry, Valhalla I am coming!)

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The easiest example is the widely popular TV show Vikingsthe Canadian television show airing on the History channel. Also, the Marvel blockbuster movies Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok deal with the popular comic characters that are based on their mythological counterparts. But Vikings and Norse mythology are referenced all over the place in popular TV shows and movies like Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones.

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He-Man, the iconic cartoon from the 1980's, draws a lot of inspiration from Norse mythology, including honoring your dead, magical weapons, and celebrating battles and victories. The Brother's Grimm fairytale turned Disney cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is taken from the old Norse story of the goddess Freyja coming to the dwarves for help.

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This might be the simplest example, as many comic books have been made depicting Vikings, Norse mythology and more. The Marvel comic book character of Thor is directly ripped from the pages of Norse mythology.

The best example by far of Vikings in comic books though has to be Death Wish Coffee Presents: Odinforce - our own comic series!

Did we miss any of your favorite examples of Norse mythology in popular culture?

Related: Resource guide to Norse Mythology

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