Elves, Trolls, and Wights is the most complete study yet made of the various beings with whom the Vikings shared their world, from the smallest spirits of stones and plants to the great giants who strive against or aid the Norse gods. Elves, dwarves, giants, wights dwelling in rocks, streams, and oceans: these beings have been friends, foes, and even lovers of humans, and often worked more closely with farming and fishing folk on a daily basis than did the gods themselves. In this book, Kveldulf Gundarsson, long-famed scholar of Old Norse religion and Heathen leader, looks closely at the history and folklore of these beings and offers a practical guide for dealing with them. Elves, Trolls, and Wights also includes Kveldulf's new translation of the little-known Icelandic skaldic poem "Berg-Dweller's Song", in which the giant Hallmundr tells of his own folk and world-faring.
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Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry: Vol. I based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
There don't seem to be many books on this topic. I was glad to find this one! The previous reviewer was right about the extra long sentences--they're kinda irritating, but they're manageable. Overall, this is fun to read and interesting. It includes info on trolls, giants, light and dark alfs, and many more. Also, there are four rituals, one of which is for befriending wights.
I gave the organization, clarity, and effectiveness lower scores because the author could've put the references in footnotes or SOMETHING to make it easier to read. This would've made it more enjoyable. This is definitely NOT bedside reading! lol Also, beginners should have a knowledge of Asatru/Heathenry before attempting to read this book.
This book was worth the 12 dollars or so I spent. The book itself is 124 pages, not including the two appendixes (one of which is a translation of an obscure Icelandic poem, Bergbua thattr), a glossary, pronunciation guide, bibliography, and a decent index. All that together makes 171 pages. That really isn't a lot of pages for what I'd consider a reference book. But it is VERY densely packed with information. In fact, this may be the boook's only problem. The author divides already too-long sentences with semi-colons (and (double paranthese)), inside which he'll include his references. That was very distracting for me and caused the most problems. Why not just include the refernces in endnotes? Although it is very interesting, I had a hard time concentrating on it for any length of time because the sentences are so long I had to reread them at least once. These monstrosities are peppered throughout--I don't want to blow them out of proportion. After all, a proficient reader wouldn't have too much trouble, and they really aren't too much trouble.