Heathen Gods in Old English Literature

Heathen Gods in Old English Literature

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Heathen Gods in Old English Literature

Richard North offers a complete revision of our view of Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian paganism and mythology in the pre-Viking and Viking age. He discusses the pre-Christian gods of Bede's history of the Anglo-Saxon conversion with reference to a god known as Ingui. Using expert knowledge of comparative literary material from Old Norse-Icelandic and other Old Germanic languages, North reconstructs the slender Old English evidence in an imaginative and original treatment of poems such as "Deor" and "The Dream of the Rood."

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ISBN-13: 9780521551830
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England Series , #22
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Nerthus and Terra Mater: Anglian religion in the first century; 2. Ingui of Bernicia; 3. Ingui's cult remembered: Ing and the ingefolc; 4. Woden's witchcraft; 5. 'Uoden de cuius stirpe': the role of Woden in royal genealogy; 6. Aspects of Ingui: -geot and Geat; 7. The cult of Ingui in Beowulf; 8. Ingui's marriage: natural phenomena; 9. Ingui's death: the world-tree sacrifice; 10. Paulinus and the stultus error: the Anglo-Saxon conversion; Bibliography; Index.

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