Gods and Myths of Northern Europe
Tiw, Woden, Thunor, Frig. these ancient northern deities gave their names to the very days of our week. Nevertheless, most of us know far more of Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and the classical deities. Recent researches in archaeology and mythology have added to what was already a fairly consistent picture (largely derived from a twelfth-century Icelandic account) of the...more
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This shouldn't be your first book on the Norse myths; the author assumes some prior knowledge. She does give moderate review, but it's rather offhand. Read something like The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland first.
What I did find interesting was how close Marvel comics and the recent films have stayed to many of the core elements of ...more
We can see the myths as a vigorous, heroic comment on life, life as men found it in hard and inhospitable lands. The gods never cease their struggle against the creatures of cold and darkness. Thor, perhaps the best-loved deity of the north, is characteristic of the Vikings in his resolute pertinacity. The values for which he stood—law and order in the free community, the keeping of faith between men—were those by which the Vikings set great store, even though they themselves often appeared to t...more
I lack the scholarly t ...more
The book illustrates how Christianity has affected what remains of Norse/Germanic Myths and even goes so far to show how Christian beliefs have colored such myths (which isn't surprising considering the more known ...more
The division of the book into separate chapters based on the organization of the gods/mythology is sensible and makes reading easier. I especially liked the discussion of both major and mi ...more
It was particularly interesting to me that Odin, the ...more
Excellent guide to the pagan beliefs of the germanic peoples from Scandinavia to England which will provide the best answers for these questions you are likely to find. Scholarly, but easy to digest, this book is just as much for the general interested reader as the academic.
Written some decades ago n ...more
Very well written and organized I thought with even a few deep thoughts and considerations sprinkled about though the book as a whole was refreshingly academic. I plan to read mo ...more
Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson was an English antiquarian and academic, writing in particular on Germanic paganism and Celtic paganism.