The Great Emu War of 1932 saw Australia’s military pitted against emus that wreaked havoc on Western Australian farms. Initially unsuccessful, the battle turned with a bounty system, reminding us of the emus’ resilience and marking a peculiar moment in history.
In Indian mythology, the god Indra rescues the world by killing an evil serpent with a thunderbolt. In Norse mythology, Thor famously slays the serpent Jörmungandr with thunder. This similarity is one tantalizing clue to the fact that the mythologies and languages of Europe and India share a common source—a lost culture about which we know little, but owe much.
Meet Ivar the Boneless, a legendary Norse saga figure, believed to be inspired by a Viking commander who, in 865 AD, ruthlessly led his army in an invasion of England. Unravel the enigmatic tale of this historical figure shrouded in myth and conquest.