Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Reviews


Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On-Modern Legends Based on Northern Myth

 
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While I will spend a good few paragraphs dedicating time to this collection of short stories, it really can all be summed up with one word, and concluded with two words of advice. Brilliant. Buy it. I’ve read plenty of short stories and attempts to “modernize” the Northern Myths in varied efforts to validate them, […]

The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems

 
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The Poetic Edda is that single body of literature that seems to stand above all else in modern heathenry. It’s the source of quotes, the uses for which range from ceremonial utterances, to the scolding of those in need of hearing the Sayings of Har. It’s sometimes said to be the first book one should start […]

The Norsemen in the Viking Age

 
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As modern heathens, it is our duty to challenge ourselves to make sure we have as solid an understanding of the people and culture’s, who’s religions we thrive to live. But how much of our understanding is not based so much on fact as it is someone else’s theories and suppositions? Where can we look […]

A Dictionary of Northern Mythology

 
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The Dictionary of Norse Mythology by Rudolf Simek was originally published in German in 1984 and appeared in an English translation by Angela Hall in 1993, with some revisions by the author. Of the current available reference works that are available on the subject, this is by far the most expansive, and detailed. Simek makes […]

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe

 
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Gods and Myths of Northern Europe is undoubtedly one of the most read academic books within the heathen circles of the United States. It’s near the top of almost any “recommended reading” list, and it’s widely referenced in many heathen articles and books, despite the fact that it was first published over 40 years ago, in 1964. […]

Murder and Vengeance Among the Gods

 
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John Lindow’s 1997 book Murder and Vengeance Among the Gods is another attempt at interpreting the meaning and background of the Baldr myth. The book has been split up into 6 main chapters, with 5 of them outlining the entire process of Baldr’s life, death, funeral, attempted retrieval, vengeance and reconciliation respectively. The first chapter […]

Gudarnas platser: Förkristna sakrala ortnamn i Mälarlandskapen

 
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Swedish scholar Per Vikstrand’s book Gudarnas platser is a Ph.D. thesis in Nordic languages, published in 2001. The book is part of a larger project aimed at mapping all Swedish place names in a larger atlas. Even though the book has an overwhelmingly linguistic approach, Vikstrand begins his study by discussing the different aspects of […]