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1990

6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.
80 pp., 40 b&w illus.

Out of print

 
 
 
     

Norse Myths

By R. I. Page

 

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Entertaining and sometimes horrifying legends of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, monsters and giants survive from pagan Scandinavia, even though the Norsemen were unable to write them down. Odin and Thor, Freyja and Loki, Sigurd the Volsung, Gudrun and Brynhild are the most famous of these mythical characters, whose stories were eventually recorded. With authority and wit, Professor Page retells the Norse legends and shows how complex and sometimes contradictory their traditions are. Yet it is through these ancient myths that we know how the Norsemen visualized the creation of mankind and the final ending of the world.

R. I. Page is Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Cambridge and fellow and librarian of Corpus Christi College. His publications include books and articles on runes and on other aspects of early English and Scandinavian language and society.

Legendary Past Series

 Of Related Interest Hollander, The Poetic Edda
Hollander, The Saga of the Jomsvikings
Lehman, Beowulf
Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla

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