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A Handbook of Norse Mythology

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From the world's creation out of the earliest fog-country and fire-land to the final battle between the gods, this book paints a full and fascinating portrait of primitive Scandinavian lore. Its captivating tales recount the birth and ascendancy of the gods, with profiles of the chief deities and their associated myths: omnipotent Odin, father of the gods; hammer-wielding Thor; Baldur, the beautiful and wise; and malicious Loki, the devil of the North. In addition to its compelling legends, A Handbook of Norse ...
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Overview

From the world's creation out of the earliest fog-country and fire-land to the final battle between the gods, this book paints a full and fascinating portrait of primitive Scandinavian lore. Its captivating tales recount the birth and ascendancy of the gods, with profiles of the chief deities and their associated myths: omnipotent Odin, father of the gods; hammer-wielding Thor; Baldur, the beautiful and wise; and malicious Loki, the devil of the North. In addition to its compelling legends, A Handbook of Norse Mythology chronicles ancient forms of worship and religious practices, relating the stories' significance to everyday life. The book concludes with retellings of the grandest and most famous of the hero sagas: the Volsungs; the Helgi sagas; Volund the smith; the Hjathningar; and Beowulf. A familiarity with Norse mythology is essential to appreciating Scandinavian history and poetry, and this volume was used for generations in Scandinavian high schools and universities. First published in 1898, it remains a vital source not only of classic tales but also of accessible explanations of the legends' historic relevance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781230404011
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Pages: 34
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Section 1
Chapter I. How the World Was Created 21
Chapter II. The Gods and Their Life 27
Chapter III. Ragnarok 38
Section 2
Chapter I. Common Popular Belief 42
Chapter II. Chief Gods and Myths of the Gods 52
Thor 52
Odin 62
Frey and Njorth 69
Heimdall and Baldur 72
Loki 78
Section 3
Forms of Worship and Religious Life 82
Section 4
Hero Sagas 88
The Volsungs 89
The Helgi Sagas 93
Volund the Smith 98
The Hjathningar 100
Beowulf 103
Conclusion 105
Index 110
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Very bad copy

    Starts off mostlt readable with some misprints but thw copyy quality deteriorates quickly and becomes unreadable. Not worth it even for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Not worth the time to read even for free

    They take great pride in themselves to show that the Norse are a primitive, clumsy and stupid culture. The only reason it gets one star at all is because I could not post this with no stars at all.

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