Keywords: Thor

‘Edda and “Oral Christianity”: Apocryphal Leaves of the Early Medieval Storyworld of the North’

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Until the end of the eleventh century Scandinavia was still to a large extent an unknown and frightening world to the Western Church. From around 1100, however, under the age of the crusading movement, it quickly became a firmly integrated part of Latin Christianity and of the culture of Carolingian heritage This transformation of Northern […]

The Religion of the Vikings

 
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What will be outlined here are the religious beliefs and rituals of the Scandinavians in the eighth to the eleventh centuries including those who went for trade, plunder or settlement abroad, that is, the ‘vikings’ properly speaking. Some among them were already Christians but the vast majority of the population still clung to their traditional religion. From a modern […]

Myth and Ritual in Pre-Christian Scandinavian Landscape

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I grew up in the forest region of northern Sweden. As a young boy, an old female relative of mine, an aunt to my father, told me now and then of her encounters with the ‘small people’ when she was herding cattle as a herdess at the seter in the forests, especially of the beautiful […]

How Uniform Was the Old Norse religion?

 
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One often gets the impression from handbooks on Old Norse culture and religion that the pagan religion that was supposed to have been in existence all over pre-Christian Scandinavia and Iceland was rather homogeneous. Due to the lack of written sources, it becomes difficult to say whether the ‘religion’ — or rather mythology, eschatology, and […]

Of Fire and Water: The Old Norse Mythical Worldview in an Eco-Mythological Perspective

Winter Full Moon Bede

 
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Hear, I tell men | to honor the gods the far famed ones | favor to good men high holy powers | our people’s providence   I pray the One-Eyed god | hail the Gallows-Burden Father of Hosts | God of the Hanged words I give | for Raven god’s weal   Hail heaven’s warder […]