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. We meet thor, ogres, who specializes in killing giants using a hammer made for him by dwarfs, not to mention myriad trolls, one of the most powerful gods, humans and strange animals.

In the enchanted world where this mythology takes place, fierce winters, eagles, storms, ravens, we encounter turbulent rivers, dense forests, majestic mountains, 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.

Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs #ad - 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. We learn of the ongoing struggle between the gods, and the jötnar, or giants, who create the cosmos, who aim to destroy it.

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, history, death and rebirth, gods and heroes will entertain readers and offer insight into the relationship between Scandinavian myth, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, and culture.

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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, clear, but in a simple, the creator of the enduringly popular website Norse Mythology for Smart People, and entertaining style that’s easy to understand and a pleasure to read.

The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion #ad - You’ll learn about the vikings’ gods and goddesses, the role that magic played in their lives, their views on the afterlife, how they practiced their religion, how they thought the universe was structured, their moral code, their concept of fate, 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.

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 Prose Edda: Norse Mythology Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - Written in iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. 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.

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. The prose edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology.

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The Poetic Edda Oxford World's Classics

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OUP Oxford #ad - She sees, coming up a second time, earth from the ocean, eternally green;the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them, over the mountain hunting fish. After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and life is renewed. The one-eyed odin, red-bearded thor, the lovely goddesses, Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, Brynhild the shield-maiden, and the giants who aretheir enemies walk beside the heroic Helgi, Loki the trickster, and the implacable Gudrun.

The Poetic Edda Oxford World's Classics #ad - In this great collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry, the exploits of gods and humans are related. The poetic edda begins with the Seeress's Prophecy which recounts the creation of the world, and looks forward to its destruction and rebirth. This translation also features the quest-poem The Lay of Svipdag and The Waking of Angantyr, in which a girl faces down her dead father to retrieve his sword.

Comic, tragic, instructive, witty, grandiose, and profound, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and speak to us as freely as when they were first written down seven hundred and fifty years ago.

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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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The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok Hackett Classics

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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda Hackett, 2015 comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature. Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members—including, among others, Brynhild the Valkyrie, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

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

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Penguin #ad - Tolkien spent much of his life studying, filled with heroes, trolls, dragons, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales.

Legends from the ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction. They are startling, strange pieces of writing, brutal, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations. They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, chivalry, quests, trials of strength.

The Saga of the Volsungs Legends from the Ancient North #ad - They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth Midgard which Tolkien remade in the 20th century. Part of a new series legends from the ancient north, all was well with them: until One beganTo encompass evil, Beowulf is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings'So the company of men led a careless life, an enemy from hell.

Grendel they called this cruel spirit. J.

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Edda Illustrated

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#ad - Edda Illustrated #ad - 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 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, snorri's edda icelandic: snorra edda or simply Edda, also known as the Younger Edda, is an Old Norse compilation made in Iceland in the early 13th century.

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Norse Mythology

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Remarkable. Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos. Lisa L. Hannett, atlanticneil gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.

In norse mythology, the highest of the high, and cunning; thor, daring, gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, Odin’s son, wise, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Norse Mythology #ad - Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - Yet it is also set in a very human world, incorporating strands from the oral narratives of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire. Based on viking age poems, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend and sheer human drama.

R. One of the great books of world literature, the saga is an unforgettable tale of princely jealousy, unrequited love, greed and vengeance. Tolkein and for Wagner's Ring cycle. R. With its cursed treasure of the Rhine, sword reforged and magic ring of power, it was a major influence for writers including William Morris and J.

The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer Penguin Classics #ad - At its heart are the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires magical knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries.

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