The Monster's Mother at Yuletide

Leo Tepper

The purpose of this article is to investigate the theme of the monster’s mother, the fight against a monster or dragon and Yuletide. These three themes occur in various Germanic sources and are interrelated, as will be shown in this article. It will also be shown that these themes and their relationship have some very interesting parallels in Indo-Iranian mythology. and thus point to an Indo-European mythological motive.