Friday, February 17, 1995

Gods And Myths Of Northern Europe

by H.R. Ellis Davidson

Another academic work on the Norse gods (not a storybook retelling at all), this concentrates more on the Northern people than Dum├ęzil's work, surveying the practical meaning and historical base for many of the stories and concepts. Intriguing passages included the similarities between Freyja and Frigg; the relation between the powers of the volva or Odin's acquisition of knowledge and shamanism; and the reasons for Christianity's power over the heathens of the late period. A great archeologically-based examination of myth.

four stars

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