Based on the research of the 19th century Swedish poet and scholar, Viktor Rydberg, Our Fathers' Godsaga retells the mythology of Northern Europe in chronological order from Creation to Ragnarök.
These are tales told by Vikings, epic tales of gods and giants, elves and dwarves, and of how their interaction and wars affect the first generations of human beings in the North. Based on a comprehensive examination of the source material, including the Icelandic Eddas and Sagas, this is likely the way Germanic mythology looked at the end of the heathen era.
Many will recognize themes found here in J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion, particularly the tale of the elf-smith Völund and his quest for revenge against the Aesir, first detailed by Rydberg in his comprehensive Investigations into Germanic Mythology, 1886.
This is an original translation of Viktor Rydberg's Fädernas Gudasaga, his own retelling of the complete Norse mythic epic, first published in 1887, and many times since. The text includes a complete catalog of mythic names & the original artwork, from the 1911 German translation, by renowned children's artist John Bauer (1882-1918).
This classic Swedish text appears in English now for the first time.
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This was a simply amazing read. This is the way myths were meant to be presented, as tales of action and adventure, full of symbolic meanings. The book retells all of Norse mythology in a logical, easy-to-comprehend manner. One myth flows into another, tied together by cause and effect. I haven't been this impressed with a book on Norse mythology since reading Kevin Crossley-Holland's The Norse Myths back in the 1980s. It again restores the sense of wonder, absent from so many texts on the ancient tales. This presentation is thoughtful, and thought-provoking. No surprise, since Rydberg was a poet and storyteller himself. I had heard of Mr. Rydberg on the web, but nothing compares to reading his work first-hand. I'm glad someone has finally made this available in English at a reasonable price.