Myths of the Pagan North: The Gods of the Norsemen by Christopher AbramMyths of the Pagan North: The Gods of the Norsemen by Christopher Abram

Myths of the Pagan North: The Gods of the Norsemen

byChristopher Abram

Hardcover | May 5, 2011

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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 <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">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.
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.¿
Title:Myths of the Pagan North: The Gods of the NorsemenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.75 inPublished:May 5, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction¿/ 1. The Sources of Norse Mythology / 2. The Gods on the Ground¿/ 3. Myths in the Viking Age / 4. The Twilight of the Gods / 5. Pagan Myths under Conversion / 6. The Rebirth of Norse Mythology

Editorial Reviews

'Undoubtedly a learned, informative and enjoyable account of the Norse myths that presents a new model for future discussion.'