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A Handbook of Norse Mythology (Classic Reprint)
     

A Handbook of Norse Mythology (Classic Reprint)

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by Karl Andreas Mortensen
 

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A Handbook of Norse Mythology by Karl Andreas Mortensen is a compendium of Norse myth and mystery. This volume explores how Norse myths have been presented historically. The author also explores how these myths have taken shape in northern European countries as they establish a common foundation for all people who speak a Gothic-Germanic language (Norwegian,

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A Handbook of Norse Mythology by Karl Andreas Mortensen is a compendium of Norse myth and mystery. This volume explores how Norse myths have been presented historically. The author also explores how these myths have taken shape in northern European countries as they establish a common foundation for all people who speak a Gothic-Germanic language (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, etc.).

Mortensen looks at Norse myth's most famous tales, such as the origin myth or the story of how the world was created and examines popular mythological heroes and villains such as Thor, Odin, and Loki. In addition to exploring the stories in mythology, he also explores the relationship individuals have with the myths, the spiritual constructs, and the forms of worship utilized when honoring the Norse gods. Lastly, Mortensen explores some literature epics based in Norse Mythology. The epic poems he examines also go to show the origin of Norse mythology and the reaches of Norse mythology through other Germanic language speaking groups. The epic poems include: The Volsungs: a legendary saga about the origin and decline of the Volsung clan, written in a late 13th century Icelandic prose. The Helgi Sagas: about the Norse hero, Helgi Hundingsbane. Volund the Smith: detailing the legend of the master blacksmith. Beowulf: and Old English heroic epic poem set in Scandinavia.

Mortensen explains that there is a "rich variety of half-mythological, half-historical hero sagas" and the reader of this book should not limit themselves to only the sagas he explores, but should invest in other books to learn more about Norse Mythology. While he touches on many features of Norse mythology, A Handbook of Norse Mythology is meant to be a jumping off point in one's search for a better understanding of the historic myths from this part of the world.

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This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440078996
Publisher:
FB&C Ltd
Publication date:
04/30/2017
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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A Handbook of Norse Mythology 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off mostlt readable with some misprints but thw copyy quality deteriorates quickly and becomes unreadable. Not worth it even for free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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