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Looking for the Lost Gods of England

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The earliest account of English heathen practices reveals that they worshipped the Earth Mother and called her Nerthus. The names Tiw, Woden, Thunor and Frig/Freo have been preserved in place names and in the days of the week.
The old Gods and the festivals and rituals associated with them lived on after the 'official' conversion to Christianity. Eostre, the Goddess associ
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Paperback, 58 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by Anglo-Saxon Books (first published July 4th 1994)
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Ivy Dally
Feb 09, 2016 Ivy Dally rated it really liked it
A little gem of a book. Herbert, a student of Tolkein (!!!),is an expert in her own right concerning Anglo-Saxon culture. This is a transcribed lecture; as such it is short, but cram packed with useful and interesting information.
Benjamin Kaufman
Apr 09, 2016 Benjamin Kaufman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great bantz
Waldo Varjak
Feb 13, 2016 Waldo Varjak rated it liked it
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Abounding in footnotes, this concise written lecture is to savour. While I am still in the dark about the culture that erected Stonehenge, which was about the time the pyramids in Egypt were constructed, the more recent era of Tacitus’ Germania is clear to me after reading this talk given by the author (a writer of historical fiction set in the Dark Ages, describing Norse Gods in (“new”) England.

The depth of the lecture caused me to pause for reflective thought, page by page.

I am still a littl
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Red Dog
Feb 03, 2015 Red Dog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst its seemingly scant nature belies the fact that it represents a transcribed lecture, this book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in a Saxon history of England untainted by both the deterministic Christian account typified by Bede, and the Whiggish triumphalism of those who wrote history in the wake of the Norman invasion. Indeed, as someone who has long been troubled by the standard account of Saxon "dark age" Britain as seen through the prism of 1066, I've been waiting to read a ...more
Graham
This short pamphlet explores some of the central figures in Germanic and early Anglo-Saxon religion, such as the Mother Goddess, old Norse gods like Woden, and Tiw and Thunor. Kathleen Herbert looks at their mention in various sources and also includes sections on the heathen calendar, old folk songs and more besides.

My only complaints are with this book's short length, and that some information is repeated from other books from the same publisher (such as those by Stephen Pollington). As such,
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Volsung
Interesting material, but highly speculative and lacking in hard proof; does not address the serious problems scholarship has pointed out in the field of pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon mythology -- i.e. alternative interpretations of the evidence, issues arising from methodology and preconceived assumptions, etc. Not to be relied upon.
Jenn Basel
Aug 31, 2016 Jenn Basel rated it really liked it
This booklet is short and sweet, but is filled with plenty of information, maps, sources, and thought-provoking discussion that is valuable to anyone who wishes to study Anglo-Saxon culture, specifically religions, whether that interest is academic or otherwise.
Johanna
Jul 15, 2016 Johanna rated it it was amazing
A great read on the Pagan practices of England before it was England. Really interesting content, very dense and great footnotes for such a short book.
Fred
Feb 18, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it
Short, but very informative book. Herbert makes good cases for her conclusions but I do wish she had given a little more background on sources for additional research.
Charlotte
Sep 02, 2013 Charlotte rated it liked it
I didn't realize it was a transcript of a talk (I suspected it was a thesis or something). Really good introduction to Anglo-Saxon paganism. Must research more.
Jessica
Jan 19, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
This book is the written record of a lecture. As such, it's shorter and doesn't have as many examples as I want -- but that just means she should write a full book. =)
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