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Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
An overview of the pre-Christian religions of Scandinavia.
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published August 21st 1975 by Greenwood Press Reprint (first published January 1st 1964)
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Neil
Jun 07, 2012 Neil rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The standard study of Scandinavian mythology. Contains chapters on all the major gods and goddesses, as well as the lesser known divinities and concepts such as creation, divine kingship and Ragnarok. A well written, scholarly and sensible account written by J R R Tolkien's pupil, Gabriel Turville-Petre. A must read for anyone seriously interested in pre Christian Norse religion. The book is constantly reprinted but sells out almost immediately and becomes a bit hard to find at times but is well ...more
Kate
The most comprehensive exploration of pre-Christian religious practices in the Nordic world that I have managed to find. Although it is over 50 years old and feels a little outdated, I learned tons of new information and found myself considering familiar figures and tales from entirely new perspectives. By analyzing medieval texts as well as the archaeological and etymological evidence, Turville-Petre reconstructs what Norse and Germanic pagans might have actually believed, not just what their C ...more
Gloria
Un libro sicuramente ben fatto, con approfondimenti notevoli e molto interessanti su ogni aspetto del paganesimo nordico, a partire dalle fonti, che sono molte e analizzate in maniera così approfondita da essere quasi specialistica. Probabilmente è anche per questo che talvolta il filo del discorso sembra perdersi, anche se un veloce riepilogo chiarisce ogni dubbio.
L'unica pecca è la concentrazione eccessiva sui singoli dèi e sulle loro peripezie, piuttosto che sulla cosmogonia in generale, che
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Mark
A classic. A bit dated now perhaps.
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