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As the Vikings began to migrate overseas as raiders or settlers in the late eighth century, there is evidence that this new way of life, centred on warfare, commerce and exploration, brought with it a warrior ethos that gradually became codified in the Viking myths, notably in the cult of Odin, the god of war, magic and poetry, and chief god in the Norse pantheon.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published February 1st 2011)
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Andrew Higgins
This is a brilliant well written and documented book on The layers of Norse Mythology from the original sources up to the Prose Edda. Fascinating look at what the Vikings would have actually believed and what layers were put on Norse myth by the Christian conversion. has made me want to go back and dig into the really early works like the Volupsa. Highly recommend and hope Abram writes more.
Kim Schwenk
dense....well-researched....
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