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Norse Mythology : A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs - John Lindow

Norse Mythology

A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs

Paperback Published: 17th October 2002
ISBN: 9780195153828
Number Of Pages: 384

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Norse Mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland--outlining along the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.
The book begins with an Introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place in history, followed by a chapter that explains the meaning of mythic time, and a third section that presents in-depth explanations of each mythological term. These fascinating entries identify particular deities and giants, as well as the places where they dwell and the varied and wily means by which they forge their existence and battle one another. We meet Thor, one of the most powerful gods, who specializes in killing giants using a hammer made for him by dwarfs, not to mention myriad trolls, ogres, humans and strange animals. We learn of the ongoing struggle between the gods, who create the cosmos, and the jAtnar, or giants, who aim to destroy it. In the enchanted world where this mythology takes place, we encounter turbulent rivers, majestic mountains, dense forests, storms, fierce winters, eagles, ravens, salmon and snakes in a landscape closely resembling Scandinavia. Beings travel on ships and on horseback; they eat slaughtered meat and drink mead.
Spanning from the inception of the universe and the birth of human beings to the universe's destruction and the mythic future, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, death and rebirth, gods and heroes will entertain readers and offer insight into the relationship between Scandinavian myth, history, and culture.

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"This book has a very good and thorough dictionary of names.... Its essays on time in Norse mythology and its summary of the historical background are extremely helpful and enlightening."--Nicholas D. Humez, Montclair State University "This book has a very good and thorough dictionary of names.... Its essays on time in Norse mythology and its summary of the historical background are extremely helpful and enlightening."--Nicholas D. Humez, Montclair State University

A Note on Orthographyp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Historical Backgroundp. 2
The Indo-European Backgroundp. 30
Cult, Worship, and Sacrificep. 33
The Importance of Scandinavian Mythologyp. 36
Timep. 39
The Nature of Mythic Timep. 39
Mythic Past, Present, and Futurep. 40
Cyclical Timep. 42
Time and Spacep. 43
Myth, Narrative, and Languagep. 44
Myth and Historyp. 45
Deities, Themes, and Conceptsp. 47
AEgirp. 47
AEgir's Daughtersp. 49
AEsirp. 49
AEsir-Vanir Warp. 51
Alfablotp. 53
Alfheim (Elf-land)p. 54
Alfodr (All-father)p. 55
Almattki assp. 55
Alvissmalp. 56
Andhrimnir (Sooty-in-front)p. 58
Andlangp. 58
Andvari (Careful)p. 58
Angrboda (She-who-offers-sorrow)p. 59
Arvak and Alsvin (Early-awake and Very-swift)p. 59
Asa-Thor (Thor-of-the-aesir)p. 61
As-Bru (AEsir-bridge)p. 61
Asgard (Enclosure-of-the-aesir)p. 61
Ask (Ash-tree) and Emblap. 62
Atlap. 63
Audhumlap. 63
Aurboda (Gravel-offerer)p. 64
Aurgelmir (Mud-yeller)p. 64
Aurvandilp. 65
Baldrp. 65
Baldrs Draumar (Baldr's Dreams)p. 70
Baleyg (Flame-eye)p. 71
Barrip. 71
Baugi (Ring-shaped)p. 72
Belip. 73
Bergbua thattr (The Tale of the Mountain-dweller)p. 73
Bergelmir (Bear-yeller, Mountain-yeller, or Bare-yeller)p. 74
Berserksp. 75
Bestlap. 77
Beylap. 78
Bil and Hjukip. 78
Bileyg (Wavering-eye)p. 79
Billing's Girlp. 79
Bilrostp. 80
Bilskirnirp. 81
Blainp. 82
Bolthor(n)p. 82
Bound Monsterp. 82
Bousp. 84
Bracteatesp. 84
Bragip. 86
Breidablikp. 88
Brimirp. 88
Brisinga menp. 88
Brokkp. 89
Bur, Bor (Son)p. 90
Burip. 90
Byggvirp. 90
Byleist (Byleipt, Byleift)p. 91
Dag (Day)p. 91
Dain (Dead)p. 92
Dellingp. 92
Disablotp. 93
Disirp. 95
Draupnir (Dripper)p. 97
Duneyrp. 98
Durathrorp. 98
Dvalin (Delayed)p. 98
Dwarfsp. 99
Eggtherp. 102
Egilp. 102
Eikinskjaldi (With-an-oaken-shield)p. 103
Eikthyrnir (Oak-encircler)p. 103
Ein(d)ridi (Lone-rider)p. 103
Einherjar (Lone-fighters)p. 104
Eirp. 105
Eiriksmalp. 105
Eistlap. 106
Eitrip. 106
Eldhrimnir (Fire-sooty)p. 107
Eldirp. 107
Elivagar (Hailstorm-waves)p. 108
Elli (Old-age)p. 109
Elvesp. 109
Eyrgjafap. 111
Falhofnir (Pale-hoofed)p. 111
Farbauti (Anger-striker)p. 111
Fenrirp. 111
Fensalir (Bog-halls)p. 114
Fimafengp. 115
Fimbul-p. 115
Fjalar (Deceiver)p. 115
Fjolnirp. 116
Fjolvarp. 117
Fjorgynp. 117
Folkvang (People-field or Army-field)p. 118
Fornjotp. 118
Forseti (Chairman)p. 119
Freki (Ravenous-one)p. 120
Freyp. 121
Freyja (Lady)p. 126
Friggp. 128
Frodip. 130
Fullap. 132
Galdrarp. 132
Game of the Godsp. 133
Garmp. 134
Gefjonp. 135
Gefnp. 137
Geirrodp. 137
Gerdp. 138
Geri (Ravenous-one)p. 139
Gestumblindi (One-blind-to-guests?)p. 139
Gimlep. 140
Ginnunga Gapp. 141
Gislp. 142
Gjallarbrup. 142
Gjallarhorn (Screaming-horn)p. 143
Gjalpp. 144
Glad (Glad)p. 144
Gladsheimp. 144
Glaer (Glassy)p. 145
Gleipnirp. 145
Glenp. 146
Glitnirp. 146
Gnap. 146
Gnipahellir (Gnipa-cave)p. 147
Gods, Words forp. 147
Greip (Grip)p. 149
Gridp. 149
Grimnismalp. 150
Grottasongp. 151
Gullinborsti (Gold-bristle)p. 153
Gullintanni (Gilded-tooth)p. 154
Gulltopp (Gold-top)p. 154
Gullveigp. 154
Gungnirp. 155
Gunnlodp. 156
Gyllirp. 156
Gymirp. 156
Habrok (High-pants)p. 157
Haddingjarp. 157
Hadingusp. 157
Hakonarmalp. 158
Haleygjatalp. 160
Hallinskidip. 161
Harbardsljodp. 161
Harthgrepa (Hard-grip)p. 163
Hati Hrodvitnissonp. 163
Havamalp. 164
Heidp. 165
Heidrunp. 166
Heimdallp. 167
Help. 172
Hermodp. 173
Hildisvini (Battle-pig)p. 173
Himinbjorg (Heaven-mountain)p. 174
Hjadningavig (Battle-of-the-followers-of-Hedin)p. 174
Hlidskjalfp. 176
Hlinp. 176
Hlorap. 177
Hlorridip. 177
Hnoss (Treasure)p. 177
Hodp. 177
Hoddmimir's Forestp. 179
Hoenirp. 179
Hornp. 181
Hraesvelgp. 181
Hraudungp. 182
Hrimfaxip. 182
Hrimgrimnir (Frost-masked)p. 183
Hringhorni (Ring-horn)p. 183
Hrodvitnirp. 184
Hroptp. 185
Hrungnirp. 185
Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Mind)p. 186
Hvedrungp. 188
Hvergelmir (Hot-spring-boiler)p. 188
Hymirp. 189
Hymiskvidap. 191
Hyndluljodp. 194
Hyrrokkin (Fire-smoked)p. 196
Idavollp. 197
Idunp. 198
Ifingp. 200
Ingp. 200
Ingunar-Freyp. 201
Interpretatio Germanicap. 202
Interpretatio Romanap. 203
Jarnsaxa (Armed-with-an-iron-sword)p. 204
Jarnvid (Iron-woods)p. 204
Jord (Earth)p. 205
Jotunheimar (Giant-worlds)p. 206
Kvasirp. 206
Laeradp. 207
Laufeyp. 207
Lettfeti (Light-foot)p. 208
Lif and Lifthrasirp. 209
Lit (Color, Countenance)p. 209
Ljodatalp. 210
Loddfafnismalp. 211
Lodurp. 212
Lofnp. 213
Logi (Fire)p. 213
Lokasennap. 214
Lokip. 216
Loptp. 220
Magni (The Strong)p. 220
Managarm (Moon-dog)p. 221
Mani (Moon)p. 222
Mannus (Man)p. 223
Mardollp. 224
Matres and Matronesp. 224
Mead of Poetryp. 224
Meilip. 227
Merseburg Charmsp. 227
Midgard (Central-enclosure)p. 228
Midgard Serpentp. 229
Mimir (Mim, Mimi)p. 230
Modgud (Battle-weary)p. 232
Modi (Angry-one)p. 233
Mundilfoerip. 233
Muspellp. 234
Naglfarp. 235
Naglfarip. 235
Nal (Needle)p. 235
Nannap. 236
Nari and/or Narfip. 236
Nerthusp. 237
Nidafjollp. 238
Nidavellirp. 238
Nidhogg (Evil-blow)p. 239
Niflheim (Fog-world) and Niflhel (Fog-Hel)p. 240
Njordp. 241
Nornsp. 243
Nott (Night)p. 246
Odp. 246
Odin (Old Norse O[characters not reproducible]inn)p. 247
Odrerirp. 252
Ogmundar thattr dytts ok Gunnars Helmings (The Tale of Ogmund Dint and Gunnar Half)p. 253
Ragnarok (Judgment-of-the-powers)p. 254
Ranp. 258
Ratatosk (Bore-tooth)p. 259
Regnator Omnium Deusp. 259
Rigsthulap. 260
Rindp. 262
Roskva (Ripe?)p. 263
Saehrimnirp. 263
Saemingp. 264
Sagap. 264
Seidp. 265
Sif (In-law-relationship)p. 266
Sigynp. 267
Sindri (Slag)p. 267
Sjofnp. 268
Skadip. 268
Skidbladnirp. 270
Skinfaxi (Shining-mane)p. 272
Skollp. 273
Skrymir (Big-looking)p. 273
Sleipnirp. 274
Slidrugtanni (Dangerous-tooth)p. 277
Snotrap. 278
Sol (Sun)p. 278
Sorla thattrp. 280
Starkadp. 281
Surtp. 282
Suttungp. 284
Synp. 284
Syr (Sow)p. 284
Thjalfip. 285
Thjazip. 287
Thorp. 287
Thrud (Strength)p. 291
Thrudgelmir (Strength-yeller)p. 292
Thrudheim (Strength-world)p. 292
Thrudvangar (Strength-fields)p. 293
Thrymheim (Din-world)p. 293
Thrymskvida (The Poem of Thrym)p. 293
Tuistop. 296
Tyrp. 297
Ullp. 299
Urdarbrunn (Well-of-Urd)p. 301
Utgard (Outer-enclosure)p. 302
Utgarda-Loki (Loki-of-the-Utgards)p. 302
Vafthrudnismalp. 304
Valaskjalfp. 307
Valholl (Carrion-hall)p. 308
Vali, Son of Lokip. 309
Vali, Son of Odinp. 310
Vanirp. 311
Varp. 312
Vedrfolnir (Storm-pale)p. 312
Vidarp. 312
Vidblain (Wide-blued)p. 315
Vidblindi (Wide-blind)p. 315
Vidfinn (Wood-Finn)p. 315
Vili and Vep. 316
Vingolf (Friend-hall)p. 316
Volundp. 316
Voluspap. 317
Vorp. 319
Yggdrasil (Ygg's-steed)p. 319
Ymirp. 322
Yngvip. 326
Print and Nonprint Resourcesp. 327
Background--Viking and Medieval Scandinaviap. 327
Archaeologyp. 329
Etymologyp. 330
The Conversion of Icelandp. 330
Medieval Icelandp. 331
Women and Genderp. 332
Encyclopediasp. 332
Primary Sources--Translationsp. 333
Primary Sources--Commentary and Analysisp. 334
Eddic and Skaldic Poetryp. 334
Snorri Sturlusonp. 335
Literary Historiesp. 336
Mythology: General Treatmentsp. 336
Mythology: Important Studiesp. 337
Nonprint Resourcesp. 339
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780195153828
ISBN-10: 0195153820
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 17th October 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.53

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