Myths of the Pagan North The Gods of the Norsemen

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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An engaging account of the world of the Vikings and their gods.

Table of Contents

About this bookp. vii
A Guide to Pronouncing Old Norsep. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
The Sources of Norse Mythologyp. 1
Archaeological Evidencep. 2
Runic Inscriptions and Picture Stonesp. 8
Written Sourcesp. 10
Conclusionp. 30
Case Study: Thor and the Mišgaršsormrp. 31
The Gods on the Ground: Religious Culture as a Background to Pagan Mythp. 51
The Germanic Contextp. 53
The Gods of the Norsemenp. 59
Identifying the Norse Gods in the Archaeological Recordp. 65
Ritual: The Gods in Practicep. 69
Conclusionp. 79
Myths in the Viking Age: Norway, Iceland and Beyond, c. 850-950p. 81
The Mythic Father of Old Norse Poetryp. 81
Myths Fit for a Kingp. 86
The Fashion for Valhallap. 96
Egill's Sonatorrekp. 108
Conclusionp. 119
The Twilight of the Gods: The Age of Religious Conflict in Norway, c. 950-1000p. 123
Earl Hįkon and State Paganismp. 127
Sex and Sacral Kingshipp. 134
The Creation of Mythic Narrativesp. 142
The End of the Pagan World?p. 157
Conclusionp. 168
Pagan Myths under Conversion: Norway and Iceland, c. 980-1000p. 171
The Christian King and his Pagan Poetp. 173
The Conversion of Icelandp. 181
Conclusionp. 190
The Rebirth of Norse Mythology: Denmark and Iceland, c. 1150-1350p. 193
Myth and History in Saxo and Snorrip. 199
The Authorized Version: Snorri Sturluson's Eddap. 207
The Creation of the Poetic Eddap. 222
Conclusion: And What Came Next?p. 230
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 255
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