Myths Of The Norsemen

Myths Of The Norsemen

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by H. A. Guerber
     
 

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Students of Icelandic literature agree that the Norse deities stand out as rude and as massive as the Scandinavian mountains. They exhibit "a spirit of victory, superior to brute force, superior to mere matter, a spirit that fights and overcomes." "The Norsemen have given their gods a noble, upright, great spirit, and placed them upon a high level that is all their

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Students of Icelandic literature agree that the Norse deities stand out as rude and as massive as the Scandinavian mountains. They exhibit "a spirit of victory, superior to brute force, superior to mere matter, a spirit that fights and overcomes." "The Norsemen have given their gods a noble, upright, great spirit, and placed them upon a high level that is all their own." "It is a greatness not of mere body and gigantic bulk, but a rude greatness of soul."
It was in the infancy of thought gazing upon a universe filled with divinity, and believing heartily with all sincerity that a large-hearted people reached out in the dark towards ideals which were better than they knew. But, Ragnarok was to undo their gods because they had stumbled from their higher standards.
The weighty words of William Morris regarding the Volsunga Saga may also be fitly quoted as an introduction to this collection of "Myths of the Norsemen": "This is the great story of the North, which should be to all our race what the Tale of Troy was to the Greeks-to all our race first, and afterwards, when the change of the world has made our race nothing more than a name of what has been-a story too-then should it be to those that come after us no less than the Tale of Troy has been to us."
We have to thank a curious phenomenon for the preservation of so much of the old lore as we still possess. While modern and foreign influences were changing the Norse language, it remained practically unaltered in Iceland. And so here it is, re-presented for you to discover as it was writ over a thousand years ago.

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ISBN-13:
9781907256653
Publisher:
Abela Publishing
Publication date:
07/10/2010
Pages:
622
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.38(d)

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Myths of the Norsemen (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the centuries, Norse mythology has exerted profound influence on the Western World never has such a rich collection of myths of this magnitude have been sorted and organized in a book than Myths of the Norsemen by Helene A. Guerber, this book presents the Scandinavian and Germanic ideals, myths and folklore that have formed Western society. Sporting an excellent introduction, twenty-nine chapters, sixty-four illustrations and a poetical quotation index, Myths of the Norsemen is a great book for beginners learning about Norse mythology and Germanic mythology. However, even though this is a great book for beginners, some people may have trouble pronouncing certain names of gods, places, things, etc. The author utilizes the actual accurate name in Old Norsk, originating from the original Elder Eddas and Sagas from Iceland she uses the Germanic-Old Norsk umlauts which might confuse native English-speaking readers who have no previous Germanic language education. Overall, I give it a 4 out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good information. Very good for beginers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fine place to start on the road to Norse myths. There is a deeper more troubled path to take for to truth and origins of the myths but this little book makes for a comprehensive fjord from which the longships of Viking enthusiasm may launch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I want to know is, why did the author feel the need to dump on the ancient followers of the religion so much? He keeps referring to them as ignorant and seems to feel the need to look down his nose at these Myths as somehow of less asthetic value as the myths of the Greeks and Romans. That being said, if you can get past all the rhetoric the author feels the need to throw into this, it really is a good read for someone who is just starting to learn about norse Mythology, though it might be a tad basic for experts in the field.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone's lookimg to understand Norse myths,this book is for you. It's easy to understand and is brimming with information on all the Norse gods.
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In my opinion Greek mythology is overrated and norse mythology is better. It is more interesting and gives us deeper understandings of norse society. However that is just my opinion; you can think what you want. No offense.