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Myths of the Pagan North

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This is an engaging account of the world of the Vikings and their gods. As the Vikings began to migrate overseas as raiders or settlers in the late eighth century, there is evidence that this new way of life, centred on warfare, commerce and exploration, brought with it a warrior ethos that gradually became codified in the Viking myths, notably in the cult of Odin, the god of war, magic and poetry, and chief god in the Norse pantheon. The twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when most of Scandinavia had long since been converted to Christianity, form perhaps the most important era in the history of Norse mythology: only at this point were the myths of Thor, Freyr and Odin first recorded in written form. Using archaeological sources to take us further back in time than any written document, the accounts of foreign writers like the Roman historian Tacitus, and the most important repository of stories of the gods, old Norse poetry and the Edda, Christopher Abram leads the reader into the lost world of the Norse gods.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500Medieval historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legendsReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsAncient religions & mythologies Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 01/02/2011 ISBN-13: 9781847252470  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Christopher Abram is Lecturer in Medieval Scandinavian Studies at University College, London where he teaches Old Norse mythology, literature and language. He has published scholarly articles on eddic poetry and is working on a volume about the transmission of the Icelandic eddas.

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