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Myths & Legends - An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings (Hardcover): Philip Wilkinson Myths & Legends - An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings (Hardcover)
Philip Wilkinson 1
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Discover the world's greatest myths and legends - from Greek mythology to Norse mythology - in this comprehensive guide. What did Japanese mythology say about the beginning of the Universe? How did Oedipus become the classic tragic hero in Greek mythology? Who brought about the origin of death in Maori mythology? Combining vivid retellings of famous legends with over 1,000 illustrations of characters, famous artworks, and artefacts, Myths and Legends makes it easier than ever before to understand the stories that are central to every culture. Delve into the well-known tales of the ancient Greeks, which hold the key to such phrases as "Achilles' heel", as well as the lesser-known but richly colourful myths of Africa and the Americas. Explore global ideas such as fate and fortune, and the Underworld, and find out about the key characters - heroes, tricksters, and gods - that make up each myth system. Filled with the cultural and religious meanings behind each legend, and the influence they have had both in their own time and in today's world, this book is a must-have for all mythology enthusiasts.

Tales of Norse Mythology (Barnes & Noble Omnibus Leatherbound Classics) (Hardcover): Helen A. Guerber Tales of Norse Mythology (Barnes & Noble Omnibus Leatherbound Classics) (Hardcover)
Helen A. Guerber
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Scandinavians of the Viking Age explored the mysteries of life through their sagas. Folklorist Helen Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves, and warriors and monsters of these stories in Tales of Norse Mythology. Ranging from the comic to the tragic, these legends tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, strength, loyalty, and betrayal.

The Penguin Book of Norse Myths - Gods of the Vikings (Paperback): Kevin Crossley-Holland The Penguin Book of Norse Myths - Gods of the Vikings (Paperback)
Kevin Crossley-Holland 1
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'Burning ice, biting flame; that is how life began' The extraordinary Scandinavian myth cycle is one of the most enduring, exciting, dramatic and compelling of the world's great stories. The Penguin Book of the Norse Myths compellingly retells these stories for the modern reader, taking us from the creation of the world through the building of Asgard's Wall to the final end in Ragnarok. You'll discover how Thor got his hammer and how Odin lost his eye, the terrible price of binding the wolf Fenrir and why Loki the trickster can never be trusted. The Norse myths are as thrilling to read as they are of vast cultural and historical importance. In this gripping book Kevin Crossley-Holland brings alive the passion, cruelty and heroism of these unforgettable stories.

The Norse Myths - Stories of The Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold (Paperback): Dr Tom Birkett The Norse Myths - Stories of The Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold (Paperback)
Dr Tom Birkett 1
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The great Norse Myths are among the most dramatic and unforgettable stories in all human history. These fascinating, fantastical tales have inspired centuries of art, culture and literature, including the storytelling of Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, Wagner's Ring Cycle and Marvel Comics. The Norse Myths takes us on a thrilling journey through the Norse cosmos, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok, the final world-destroying conflict; via the Nine Worlds, and the exploits of the mighty gods and goddesses - mystical Odin, malicious Loki, mighty Thor and more - and their quarrel with the giants. Bringing to life the magical world of monsters and mythical creatures, The Norse Myths also introduces the adventures of humankind: folk heroes and tricksters; Sigmund's great battle in the Volsung Saga; the exploits of Kings and Princes; Viking exploration and settlement of new lands including Iceland, Greenland, America; and Viking life in the Mediterranean and the East. As well as a treasure trove of these epic stories of heroism and cruelty, squabbles and seductions, The Norse Myths is a comprehensive study of their origins, survival and interpretations - as academically important as it is exhilarating.

Viking Myths & Sagas - Retold from Ancient Norse Texts (Paperback): Rosalind Kerven Viking Myths & Sagas - Retold from Ancient Norse Texts (Paperback)
Rosalind Kerven 1
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Myth, Legend & Symbolism (Paperback): W. A. Sumner Myth, Legend & Symbolism (Paperback)
W. A. Sumner
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This book explores the main traditional myths which underpin Western culture today; Greek, Norse and Celtic. It shows how they influence political and religious matters in the modern world. It also describes and evaluates other less well known mythologies from Melanesia, Western Mexico and Africa. If one were to imagine that mythology is something relating to a past age, this would be a mistake. It also analyses modern and futuristic mythologies which have a massive influence on thinking now. Such things as Dracula, Frankenstein, Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and we must not forget Harry Potter, who is the latest twist in modern mythology. The book also contains an in depth analysis of the Theory of Evolution, in terms of mythology.

Ragnarok: The Vanir (Hardcover): Tim Korklewski Ragnarok: The Vanir (Hardcover)
Tim Korklewski; Illustrated by Ru-Mor
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The Aesir are dead, and the Vanir, now uncontested in their divinity, come to claim what is left of the Nine Realms. The War Clans must oppose, or align with, these new foes.

Ragnarok: The Vanir features new Godsparks that War Clans may harness to combat the marauding Vanir, as well as new scenarios, monsters, and options to further develop players' campaigns.

Vikings - A History of the Norse People (Hardcover): Martin J. Dougherty Vikings - A History of the Norse People (Hardcover)
Martin J. Dougherty
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"From the fury of the Northmen, good Lord deliver us." - Anonymous monk, Noirmoutier, France, 9th century AD Beginning in 789AD, the Vikings raided monasteries, sacked cities and invaded western Europe. They looted and enslaved their enemies. But that is only part of their story. In long boats they discovered Iceland and America (both by accident) and also sailed up the Seine to Paris (which they sacked). They settled from Newfoundland to Russia, founded Dublin and fought battles as far afield as the Caspian Sea. A thousand years after their demise, traces of the Vikings remain all the way from North America to Istanbul. They traded walruses with Inuits, brought Russian furs to Western Europe and took European slaves to Constantinople. Their graves contain Arab silver, Byzantine silks and Frankish weapons. In this accessible book, the whole narrative of the Viking story is examined from the eighth to the eleventh centuries. Arranged thematically, Vikings: A History of the Norse People examines the Norsemen from exploration to religion to trade to settlement to weaponry to kingdoms to their demise and legacy. But today questions remain: what prompted the first Viking raids? What stopped their expansion? And how much of the tales of murder, rape and pillage is myth? Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, maps and artworks, Vikings: A History of the Norse People is an expertly written account of a people who have long captured the popular imagination.

The Saga of the Volsungs - with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Paperback): Jackson Crawford The Saga of the Volsungs - with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Paperback)
Jackson Crawford; Commentary by Jackson Crawford
R341 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R51 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda (Hackett, 2015) comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature. Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members-including, among others, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

A Gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Sites: County Durham and Northumberland (Paperback): Guy Points A Gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Sites: County Durham and Northumberland (Paperback)
Guy Points
R735 R629 Discovery Miles 6 290 Save R106 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A Gazetteer Of Anglo-Saxon & Viking Sites: County Durham & Northumberland aims to be a comprehensive guide to places, artefacts and material of Anglo-Saxon and Viking interest in County Durham and Northumberland (pre 1974 borders). Four sites in Roxburghshire are included because of their proximity to the Northumberland border. PART 1 provides background material to put the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings into their historical context, plus a glossary of terms, plans and features of Anglo-Saxon churches, and features relating to crossheads, cross-shafts, grave covers and grave markers. PART 2 identifies 123 "sites" with the aim of enabling the reader to know exactly what they are looking for and where exactly to look: there is a site index. In alphabetical order and divided into County Durham, Northumberland and The Borders (Roxburghshire), each entry is: Star rated to indicate the quality of what there is to see and how easy it is to find. Precisely located and described, including measurements and descriptions of decoration where appropriate.

Norse Mythology - Tales of the Gods, Sagas and Heroes (Paperback): Various Authors Norse Mythology - Tales of the Gods, Sagas and Heroes (Paperback)
Various Authors
R245 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R45 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The myths and legends of the Norseman have entertained the young and old for hundreds of years. Collated here in this thrilling treasury, these tales will transport you to the magical realms of Asgard, Midgard and Joetunheim. Full of dramatic stories of dark deeds, cunning and war, as well as love, compassion and humour, Norse mythology has influenced countless generations of writers, including Tolkein, George R. R. Martin and Stan Lee. Following the deeds of the powerful Norse gods, such as Odin, Thor and Loki, and filled with a host of fantastic creatures and magical objects, these tales conjure up a world of heroism and romance that will enthral readers.

Odin - Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic (Paperback): Diana L Paxson Odin - Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic (Paperback)
Diana L Paxson
R441 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R89 (20%) In stock
A Little Bit of Runes - An Introduction to Norse Divination (Hardcover): Cassandra Eason A Little Bit of Runes - An Introduction to Norse Divination (Hardcover)
Cassandra Eason
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Nordic runes are the most popular and easiest symbols to work with, and can effectively release energy for a positive purpose in one's life. From Cassandra Eason, one of the world's most renowned authors on spirituality, comes an accessible introduction to this ancient practice. She explains to readers exactly what runes are, how to make their own, which ones are right for them, and much more.

Norse Mythology - A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology - A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Neil Gaiman
R248 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R44 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's magical retellings of the Norse myths, inviting us into a world of gods and monsters, tricks and trust, fiery endings and new beginnings 'And the game begins anew...' Meet the trickster god Loki and his astonishing children - the giant wolf Fenrir, Jormungundr the snake that encircles the world, and Hel, the little girl who grows up to be Queen of the dead. Here, too, is Odin the all-father, who sacrificed his eye to see the future; Thor the thunderer, who defends Asgard with his fearsome strength and mighty hammer; and Freya the understandably angry, most beautiful of the gods and always being gambled for by unwanted suitors. From the beginning of the universe in fire and ice, to the very end of the world, Ragnarok, these enthralling tales of gods, goddesses, dwarves and giants bring the ancient myths to vigorous life. Diana Rigg, Derek Jacobi, Colin Morgan, Natalie Dormer and Neil Gaiman himself are among the stellar cast in these spellbinding stories of old betrayals - and new hope.

The Return of Odin - The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination (Paperback, 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded Edition):... The Return of Odin - The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination (Paperback, 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded Edition)
Richard Rudgley
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A controversial examination of the influence and presence of the Norse god Odin in contemporary history and culture Exploring the influence of the Norse god Odin in the modern world, Richard Rudgley reveals Odin's central role in the pagan revival and how this has fueled a wide range of cultural movements and phenomena. Rudgley argues that it is Odin and not Jesus Christ who has the single most important spiritual influence in modern Western civilization. He analyzes the Odin archetype--first revealed by Carl Jung's essay on Wotan--in the context of pagan religious history and explains the ancient idea of the Web--a cosmic field of energies that encompasses time, space, and the hidden potentials of humanity-the pagan equivalent to the Tao of Eastern tradition. The author examines the importance of the concept of wyrd, which corresponds to "fate" or "destiny". He examines how the concept of subterranean and mythic realms, such as the Hollow Earth, Thule, and Agartha, and mysterious energies like Vril were manifested in both occult and profane ways and investigates key occult figures like Madame Blavatsky, Guido von List, and Karl Wiligut. Rudgley provides pagan analyses of Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings and documents the impact the Odin archetype has had on nationalist and fascist groups in America and Europe. Examining pagan groups in Europe and America that use the Norse template, Rudgley reveals true paganism as holistic and intimately connected with the forces at work in the life of the planet. Showing how this "green" paganism can be beneficial for dealing with the adverse consequences of globalization and the ongoing ecological crisis, he explains how, when repressed, the Odin archetype is responsible for regressive tendencies--a reflection of the unprecedented chaos of Ragnarok--but if embraced, the Odin archetype makes it possible for like-minded traditions to work together in the service of life.

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, Series Number 103 - Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia  : Retying the Bonds... Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, Series Number 103 - Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia : Retying the Bonds (Hardcover)
Jonas Wellendorf
R1,665 R1,543 Discovery Miles 15 430 Save R122 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The coming of Christianity to Northern Europe resulted in profound cultural changes. In the course of a few generations, new answers were given to fundamental existential questions and older notions were invalidated. Jonas Wellendorf's study, the first monograph in English on this subject, explores the medieval Scandinavian reception and re-interpretation of pre-Christian Scandinavian religion. This original work draws on a range of primary sources ranging from Prose Edda and Saxo Grammaticus' History of the Danes to less well known literary works including the Saga of Barlaam and the Hauksbok manuscript (c.1300). By providing an in-depth analysis of often overlooked mythological materials, along with translations of all textual passages, Wellendorf delivers an accessible work that sheds new light on the ways in which the old gods were integrated into the Christian worldview of medieval Scandinavia.

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (Paperback, Revised): H. Davidson Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (Paperback, Revised)
H. Davidson 1
R230 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R66 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Surveys the pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavian and Germanic people. This title provides an introduction to this subject, giving basic outlines to the sagas and stories, and helps identify the character traits of the well known as well as the lesser gods of the age.

The Saga of the Volsungs - with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Hardcover): Jackson Crawford The Saga of the Volsungs - with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Hardcover)
Jackson Crawford; Commentary by Jackson Crawford
R1,027 R802 Discovery Miles 8 020 Save R225 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda (Hackett, 2015) comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature. Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members-including, among others, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

Endre (Paperback): St Bende Endre (Paperback)
St Bende
R250 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R46 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Prose Edda (Paperback): Snorri Sturluson, Jesse L Byock The Prose Edda (Paperback)
Snorri Sturluson, Jesse L Byock 1
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The inspiration for modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Snorri Sturlson's The Prose Edda is a collection of pagan tales that are among the most influential of all myths and legends, translated with notes and an introduction by Jesse Byock in Penguin Modern Classics. The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed. This translation by Jesse Byock captures the strength and subtlety of the original, while his introduction sets the tales fully in the context of Norse mythology. This edition also contains notes and appendices. Snorri Sturlson (1179-1241) was an Icelandic descendant of the poet and hero from Egil's Saga, Egill Skallgrimsson. He was the best-known writer of the saga, author of The Prose Edda, which was written as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings, and Heimskringla, a history of the kings of Norway, the most important prose collection in Old Norse literature. If you enjoyed The Prose Edda, you might like Beowulf, also available in Penguin Classics.

Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic (Hardcover): Claude Lecouteux Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic (Hardcover)
Claude Lecouteux 1
R590 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R129 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The legends of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria across Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a broad range of mythical characters and places, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. In this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and tales behind many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, folk customs, and mythical places of Norse and Germanic tradition. More than a reference to the Aesir and the Vanir pantheons, this encyclopedia draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar by Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus. The author describes the worship of the elements and trees, details many magical rituals, and shares wild folktales from ancient Europe, such as the strange adventure of Peter Schlemihl and the tale of the Cursed Huntsman. He also dispels the false beliefs that have arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression by Christianity. Complete with rare illustrations and information from obscure sources appearing for the first time in English, this detailed reference work represents an excellent resource for scholars and those seeking to reconnect to their pagan pasts and restore the old religion.

Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick (Paperback): S. Kelley Harrell Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick (Paperback)
S. Kelley Harrell; Foreword by Nigel Pennick
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A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year. The Old Norse runes, known as the Elder Futhark, have long joined forces with the cycles of the seasons to offer powerful initiations, guidance, and wisdom. Aligning the sacred festivals, plantings, and harvests of ancient runic calendars with our modern 12-month calendar, Kelley Harrell reveals how the runes can once again offer initiations as well as instruct us on the holy days and creative rhythms of today. Drawing on her more than 25 years of shamanic practice and runic study, Harrell offers a step-by-step primer to work with the runes throughout the year. She explains how the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark follow a seasonal progression in which each stave rules the calendar for a half-month. She explores the meaning of each rune in detail and presents structured runic devotionals for each half-month, interwoven with guidance on how to make the best use of the life force available during each season, as well as runic initiation rituals for the 8 pagan Sabbats, or holy days, such as the Summer Solstice (Litha) and Beltane (May Day).By moving through Nature's cycle with the runes, each year becomes a reliable and trackable process of personalized growth and spiritual connection. Progressing through the teachings of each stave while honoring the seasons, Harrell's year with the runes becomes an initiation into a direct relationship with powers of Nature.

Baldr'S Magic - The Power of Norse Shamanism and Ecstatic Trance (Paperback): Nicholas E Brink Baldr'S Magic - The Power of Norse Shamanism and Ecstatic Trance (Paperback)
Nicholas E Brink
R315 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R104 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A guide to using ecstatic trance to connect with your ancestors, rediscover your extrasensory powers, and reclaim the peaceful nature of humanity
- Illustrates ecstatic trance postures to connect with the ancient Nordic people, to journey to exact points in time, and to access powers such as seeing into our future
- Explains how the coming new age of peace and veneration for Mother Earth was predicted in Norse mythology as the rebirth of the compassionate god Baldr
- Expands on the stories of the early Nordic gods and goddesses from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda
Connecting Norse mythology, ecstatic trance, the Universal Mind, and the dawn of a new age of peace and veneration for Mother Earth, Nicholas Brink reveals how we can use ecstatic and hypnotic trance to learn more directly and deeply from our distant ancestors, rediscover our extrasensory powers, and reclaim the original magical nature of humanity. The imminent rebirth of a peaceful, balanced, connected world was predicted in Norse mythology as the return of Baldr, the gentle and compassionate Nordic god of truth, healing, and rune work.
Illustrating ecstatic trance postures to connect with the ancient Nordic people and their beliefs, to journey to exact points in time, and to access specific powers, such as seeing into our future, Brink explores humanity's evolving cycle of consciousness from the era when the Great Mother goddess was the center of life through the transition to the worship of power and physical strength in the Bronze Age and the world of the Vikings. He explores the coming return of Baldr and the imminent new age of peace and respect for the earth. Through hypnotic divination, the author expands the stories of the early Nordic gods and goddesses from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda, in particular the fertility deities of the Vanir, such as Freyr, Freyja, and Idunn, who came before the warrior deities of the aesir, such as Odin, Thor, and Loki. He details the epic battle of Ragnarǫk and the birth, life, death, and rebirth of Baldr.
Brink shows how these ancient stories happen outside of time, in the past, present, and future, thus Baldr's return is replayed in our death-rebirth experiences of life, in each dawn, with each spring, and now with the birth of a new age that we see happening all around us. Through the power of trance at this time of rebirth, we move full circle to reclaim the magic of the earliest times, the times of the Garden of Idunn.

The Sea Kings - The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles c.1066-1275 (Hardcover): Andrew MacDonald The Sea Kings - The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles c.1066-1275 (Hardcover)
Andrew MacDonald
R1,581 R1,376 Discovery Miles 13 760 Save R205 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The archipelagic kingdoms of Man and the Isles that flourished from the last quarter of the eleventh century down to the middle of the thirteenth century represent two forgotten kingdoms of the medieval British Isles. They were ruled by powerful individuals, with unquestionably regnal status, who interacted in a variety of ways with rulers of surrounding lands and who left their footprint on a wide range of written documents and upon the very landscapes and seascapes of the islands they ruled. Yet British history has tended to overlook these Late Norse maritime empires, which thrived for two centuries on the Atlantic frontiers of Britain. This book represents the first ever overview of both Manx and Hebridean dynasties that dominated Man and the Isles from the late eleventh to the mid-thirteenth centuries. Coverage is broad and is not restricted to politics and warfare. An introductory chapter examines the maritime context of the kingdoms in light of recent work in the field of maritime history, while subsequent chronological and narrative chapters trace the history of the kingdoms from their origins through their maturity to their demise in the thirteenth century. Separate chapters examine the economy and society, church and religion, power and architecture.

The Prose Edda - Tales from Norse Mythology (Paperback, 3 Revised Edition): Snorri Sturluson The Prose Edda - Tales from Norse Mythology (Paperback, 3 Revised Edition)
Snorri Sturluson; Translated by Jean I. Young
R447 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R88 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Prose Edda" is a work without predecessor or parallel. It was designed as a handbook for poets to compose in the style of the skalds of the Viking ages. It is an exposition of the rule of poetic diction with many examples, applications, and retellings of myths and legends. Snorri Sturluson feared that the traditional techniques of Norse poetics, the pagan kennings, and the allusions to mythology would be forgotten with the introduction of new verse forms from Europe. The present selection includes the whole of Gylfaginning ("The deluding of Gylfi") - a guide to mythology that forms one of the great storybooks of the Middle Ages - and the longer heroic tales and legends of "Skaldskaparmal" (Poetic diction). Snorri Sturluson was a master storyteller, and this translation in modern idiom of the inimitable tales of the gods and heroes of the Scandinavian peoples brings them to life again.

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