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The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature
     

The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature

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by Hilda Roderick Ellis - Davidson
 
"The Road to Hel" presents the best source of anthropological evidence and explanation of the afterlife according to the Heathen religious beliefs of the Nordic peoples.

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"The Road to Hel" presents the best source of anthropological evidence and explanation of the afterlife according to the Heathen religious beliefs of the Nordic peoples.

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BN ID:
2940013822382
Publisher:
Idunnas Press
Publication date:
12/30/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
602,882
File size:
691 KB

Meet the Author

Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson was born at Bebington, Cheshire, in 1914. She was educated at Park High School for Girls, Birkenhead, and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she took Firsts in English and Archaeology. She received her Ph.D in 1940 after three years of research under Professor and Mrs. Chadwick into the pagan beliefs of Scandinavia. She was an assistant lecturer in English at the Royal Holloway College from 1939 to 1944, after which she worked as a part-time lecturer in English at Birkbeck College. Since 1955, she has been engaged in writing and research. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the Council of the Folklore Society. Married with two children, she lives just outside Cambridge."

She is a lecturer and also holds a Calouste Gulbenkian Research Fellowship at the Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and is working on eastern influences on the pre-Christian religion in Northern Europe.

[From "Gods and Myths of the Viking Age", 1980.]

Sometime Marion Kennedy Research Student of Newnham College, Assistant Lecturer in English Royal Holloway College.

[From "The Road to Hel" reprint, 1968].

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The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would suggest this book if you have a good working knowlege of the various sagas and eddas that make up most Scandinavian and Icelandic lore/mythology, as the author admits in the foreword that this was originally intended as an academic thesis, rather than a book for someone with a passing interest in the subject matter. That being said, I would not call myself a scholar of the material, nor have I studiedthe various sagas that are referenced within, and I still got a good idea as to the beliefs and practices of the Norse surrounding death and the afterlife/disposition of the soul. I was personally more intetested sbout the figure of Hel as a goddess of the dead, as well as information about Helheim/Niflheim, and sadly, regardless of the title, there is very little on either of these subjects. I kmow there isn't a lot in the Lore to draw from, but I feel what is contained in the work is more focussed on the wider topics of death, rebirth, the journey into the lands of the dead, from a much broader perspective. Like many old books that have been converted into e-format, this edition is riddled with copy errors; when dealing with lots of words in Old Norse and other non-english languages, it can sometimes be hard to discern between a copy error, words in other languages, and some archaic or timely speech a modern reader may not be used to. (Thanks go to the one touch dicitionary/google/wikipedia!) Overall, I enjoyed the book and it gave me much to think about in terms of how my ancestors viewed life, death, and the spaces between before these cultural practices were erased, destroyed, and replaced by the Christian invasion. If you know your eddas from your sagas, this book is a dense but quick read.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Really enjoyed reading this but the amount of typos riddling this ebook was very distracting.