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The Definitive Guide to Norse Mythology

The Definitive Guide to Norse Mythology



The Definitive Guide to Norse Mythology The Gods, Heroes, Monsters, and Legends of Viking Culture

Author: Finn D. Moore

Hardcover book, non-fiction, 250+ pages (2022). Heavily illustrated.

Approx. Size: 8.5" x 11"

Immerse yourself in the spectacular and magical mythology of the old Norse religion. The legend of the Vikings – the warriors, who ravaged the lands of Western Europe – has made them infamous, but many aspects of the religious beliefs have been overlooked. Norse mythology has its roots in Porto-Germanic folklore, with some key concepts originating as far back as the Bronze Age-some 5000 years earlier.

Alongside a contextualizing slice of Viking, history and culture, this book, presents a new, in-depth exploration of how the Norse universe was composed, beginning with it's creation myth. Then, Yggdrasil, the World Tree, with the nine kingdoms of the universe arranged around it. The book discusses the importance of runes, in the development of Norse paganism, as well as the forms of magic known as Galdr and Siedr. Importantly, it describes the Viking cultures concept of secret time: Ragnarok – the twilight of the gods, the end of the world – and its rebirth.

Modern retelling of aspects of Norse mythology have ensured that the immortal figures of Thor, the hammer wielding giant slaying, God of thunder, and Odin, the wise, All-Father and king of the gods, are iconic to this day, but the old stories from the Viking, oral tradition had been reawakened in Scandinavia in Germany in the 19th century, the composer, Richard Wagner’s mammoth operatic Ring cycle has put Viking culture – quite literally front, and center stage, of European culture in the late 1870s.

In one comprehensive volume, this book is the definitive guide to the spectacular mythology of the old Norse religion.

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