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Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs

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Norse Mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland and outlines the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.

The book begins with an Introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place in history, followed by a chapter that explains the meaning of mythic time, and a third section that presents in-depth explanations of each mythological term. These fascinating entries identify particular deities and giants, as well as the places where they dwell and the varied and wily means by which they forge their existence and battle one another. We meet Thor, one of the most powerful gods, who specializes in killing giants using a hammer made for him by dwarfs, not to mention myriad trolls, ogres, humans and strange animals. We learn of the ongoing struggle between the gods, who create the cosmos, and the jötnar, or giants, who aim to destroy it. In the enchanted world where this mythology takes place, we encounter turbulent rivers, majestic mountains, dense forests, storms, fierce winters, eagles, ravens, salmon and snakes in a landscape closely resembling Scandinavia. Beings travel on ships and on horseback; they eat slaughtered meat and drink mead.

Spanning from the inception of the universe and the birth of human beings to the universe's destruction and the mythic future, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, death and rebirth, gods and heroes will entertain readers and offer insight into the relationship between Scandinavian myth, history, and culture.

About the Author

John Lindow is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley specializing in Scandinavian medieval studies and folklore.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195153828
Author:
Lindow, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, John
Location:
New York
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology, norse
Subject:
Literature/English | Mythology
Subject:
Literature/English | Mythology and Folklore
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Literature/English | Mythology & Folklore
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 213
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
46 halftones
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.2 in 1.219 lb

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