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Alan Lena van Beek is a PostDoc researcher in German Medieval Literature and a vagrant scholar at CAU Kiel and TU Braunschweig, Germany. Their research interests include germanic heroic poetry, Arthurian romance, monstrosity, gaming, trans studies and queer theory.

NEUSTE ARTIKEL von Alan Lena van Beek

Unicorn Symbolism in The Witcher Storyworld

This paper focuses on religious symbolism and medieval unicorn discourses involved in The Witcher storyworld. Ciri’s connection to the unicorns and her virginity in relation to mariology will be analysed. In The Witcher games, however, the unicorn is more of a running gag and is mostly referenced as a sex toy. Reception of medieval discourses pervade Andrzej Sapkowski’s work. A comparative reading how The Witcher games and books handle unicorn motifs in their respective narratives will be conducted.

Dieser Aufsatz untersucht religiöse Symbolik und Wissen über Einhörner im Mittelalter und ihre Rezeption in der Witcher Storyworld, insbesondere Ciris Verbindung zur den Einhörnern, Maria und ihre Jungfräulichkeit. Die Rezeption mittelalterlicher Diskurse in den Werken Andrzej Sapkowskis ist allgegenwärtig. Die Analyse vergleicht Einhornmotive im Spiel ,,The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” und in den Witcher-Büchern.