Gods and Myths of Northern Europe

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Penguin #ad - Surveys the pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavian and Germanic peoples. Provides an introduction to this subject, giving basic outlines to the sagas and stories, and helps identify the charachter traits of not only the well known but also the lesser gods of the age.

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Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs

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Oxford University Press #ad - These fascinating entries identify particular deities and giants, as well as the places where they dwell and the varied and wily means by which they forge their existence and battle one another. In the enchanted world where this mythology takes place, eagles, dense forests, fierce winters, storms, majestic mountains, ravens, we encounter turbulent rivers, salmon and snakes in a landscape closely resembling Scandinavia.

Norse mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland and outlines the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world. The book begins with an introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place in history, followed by a chapter that explains the meaning of mythic time, and a third section that presents in-depth explanations of each mythological term.

Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs #ad - Beings travel on ships and on horseback; they eat slaughtered meat and drink mead. Spanning from the inception of the universe and the birth of human beings to the universe's destruction and the mythic future, death and rebirth, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, gods and heroes will entertain readers and offer insight into the relationship between Scandinavian myth, history, and culture.

We learn of the ongoing struggle between the gods, or giants, and the jötnar, who create the cosmos, who aim to destroy it. We meet thor, who specializes in killing giants using a hammer made for him by dwarfs, ogres, not to mention myriad trolls, one of the most powerful gods, humans and strange animals.

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The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - The prose edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, giants, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, dwarves and elves struggle for survival.

In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, Ragnarok, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, when the world will be destroyed. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. These tales from the pagan era have proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion

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#ad - The viking spirit is an introduction to Norse mythology like no other. As you’d expect from daniel mccoy, it’s written to scholarly standards, the creator of the enduringly popular website Norse Mythology for Smart People, but in a simple, clear, and entertaining style that’s easy to understand and a pleasure to read.

You’ll learn about the vikings’ gods and goddesses, their concept of fate, their views on the afterlife, the role that magic played in their lives, their moral code, how they practiced their religion, how they thought the universe was structured, and much more. It includes gripping retellings of no less than 34 epic Norse myths – more than any other book in the field – while also providing an equally comprehensive overview of the fascinating Viking religion of which Norse mythology was a part.

The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion #ad - With its inclusion of the latest groundbreaking research in the field, The Viking Spirit is the ultimate introduction to the timeless splendor of Norse mythology and religion for the 21st Century.

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The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Hackett Classics

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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Here it is at last Odin be praised! and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.

Jackson crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings.

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Hackett Classics #ad - Dick ringler, professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The poems of the poetic edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice.

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Edda Illustrated

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#ad - Beautifully designed and carefully proofed for digital publication, this edition includes:• 12 unique illustrations relevant to its content;• Table of Contents with Quick Navigation. The prose edda, also known as the younger edda, snorri's Edda Icelandic: Snorra Edda or simply Edda, is an Old Norse compilation made in Iceland in the early 13th century.

Together with the Poetic Edda, it comprises the major store of pagan Scandinavian mythology. The work is often assumed to have been written, or at least compiled, by the Icelandic scholar and historian Snorri Sturluson around the year 1220 .

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The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - Composed in medieval iceland, hrolf's Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic-legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred in fifth-century Denmark. A work of timeless power and beauty, it offers both a treasury of Icelandic prose and a masterful gathering of epic, cultic memory, traditional folk tale and myths from the Viking age and far earlier.

Depicting a world of wizards, sorceresses and 'berserker' fighters - originally members of a cult of Odin - this is a compelling tale of ancient magic. It tells of the exploits of king hrolf and of his famous champions, including Bodvar Bjarki, the 'bear-warrior': a powerful figure whose might and bear-like nature are inspired by the same legendary heritage as Beowulf.

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Tales from Norse Mythology - The Prose Edda

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Carruthers Press #ad - This text contains 'the Prose Edda' - the wellspring of modern knowledge of Norse Mythology. We are republishing this antiquarian book now in an affordable, modern edition - complete with a new biography of the author. The chapters of this book include: 'snorri sturluson', 'Here Begins the Beguiling of Gylfi', 'Introduction', 'Prologue', and 'The Poesy of Skalds'.

From the dawn of the world's creation to its ultimate destruction, these enthralling Norse stories chronicle the victories and tragedies of both gods and men. This text will appeal to those with an interest in Norse mythology and ancient legends in general, and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf.

Tales from Norse Mythology - The Prose Edda #ad - Rich with picturesque poetry and human drama, these stories constitute a vivid pictures of the characters' personalities, intertwined with the comic and injurious results of passion and ambition.

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Poems of the Elder Edda The Middle Ages Series

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University of Pennsylvania Press #ad - Terry's readable translation includes the magnificent cosmological poem Völuspá "The Sibyl's Prophecy", didactic poems concerned with mythology and the everyday conduct of life, and heroic poems, of which an important group is concerned with the story of Sigurd and Brynhild. Poems of the elder edda will appeal to students of Old Norse, and Medieval literature, Icelandic, as well as to general readers of poetry.

. The great poetic tradition of pre-Christian Scandinavia is known to us almost exclusively though the Poetic Edda. The poems originated in iceland, norway, and Greenland between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, when they were compiled in a unique manuscript known as the Codex Regius. The poems are primarily lyrical rather than narrative.

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Eyrbyggja Saga Classics

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Penguin #ad - An icelandic saga which mixes realism with wild gothic imagination and history with eerie tales of hauntings. It dramatizes a 13th century view of the past, from the pagan anarchy of the Viking age to the settlement of Iceland, the coming of Christianity and the beginnings of organized society.

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The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study

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The Troth #ad - Nearly forgotten for centuries, these ancient, timeless ways are making a resurgence in the modern world. Under several names -- Ásatrú, odinism, theodism, the Elder Troth, and Heathenry, among others -- the old religions of the Germanic peoples live again. Noted author and scholar kveldúlf Gundarsson presents a step-by-step course of study for those who have felt the call of the old gods and the old ways.

The pre-christian germanic peoples -- the norse, germanic tribes, anglo-Saxons, and Goths, to name a few -- worshipped mighty Gods and no less mighty Goddesses; revered spirits of the home and of the land; and honored great heroes of the past and their own worthy ancestors. With the readings and exercises in this course -- plus copies of the old mythological texts, the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda -- any serious reader can deepen his or her understanding and connection with the old Gods and the old, ever-new ways.

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