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Reflections on Old Norse Myths

P. Hermann, J. P. Schjødt, R. Tranum Kristensen (eds.)
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XIV+176 p., 3 b/w line art, 160 x 240 mm, 2007
ISBN: 978-2-503-52614-0
Languages: English, Old Norse
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When seeking to understand the function of mythology in the pagan past and in medieval Iceland scholars are confronted with the problem of how sources from the Middle Ages can properly be used. The articles in this volume demonstrate diverse angles from which Old Norse mythological texts can be viewed. Many discuss methodological problems in dealing with the texts and draw on expertise from different fields of study such as history, philology, literary studies, and history of religions. The authors are all established experts in the field, but demonstrate new approaches to the study of Old Norse mythology, and offer insights into possible new directions for research.

Review
"As a whole, the volume provides plenty of food for thought and the essays, which are generally of a very high quality, are representative of several different approaches to and, indeed, reflections on Old Norse myths." (K. Bek-Pedersen, in: Cosmos 26, 2010, p. 132-134)
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Comparative religion & religions not otherwise listed
Germanic religions
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Germanic langs & lits (other than English)
North Germanic/Scandinavian languages & literatures
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Historiography (historical writings in the period)
Viking studies

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