By Claude Lecouteux
A radical connection with the various deities, magical beings, legendary areas, and historic customs of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe
• Explores the legends and origins of famous gods and figures corresponding to Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, in addition to a vast diversity of magical beings equivalent to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants
• attracts upon a wealth of recognized and infrequent assets, similar to the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes through Saxo Grammaticus
• Examines folktales, myths, and magical ideals from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and England
The legends of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria throughout Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a huge variety of legendary characters and areas, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. during this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and stories in the back of many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, people customs, and legendary locations of Norse and Germanic culture.
More than a connection with the Aesir and the Vanir pantheons, this encyclopedia attracts upon a wealth of famous and infrequent assets, akin to the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar through Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes via Saxo Grammaticus. past the recognized and notorious Norse gods and goddesses, Lecouteux additionally presents details on lesser-known figures from old Germanic pagan culture resembling the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, land spirits, fairies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, bogeymen, giants, and plenty of different beings who roam the wild, in addition to long articles on famous figures and occasions resembling Siegfried (Sigurd in Norse) and Ragnarök. the writer describes the worship of the weather and bushes, information many magical rituals, and stocks wild folktales from old Europe, reminiscent of the unusual event of Peter Schlemihl and the story of the Cursed Huntsman. He additionally dispels the fake ideals that experience arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression through Christianity.
Complete with infrequent illustrations and data from vague resources showing for the 1st time in English, this distinctive reference paintings represents an outstanding source for students and people looking to reconnect to their pagan pasts and fix the previous faith.
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5. Cf. Siegfried Gutenbrunner, Die germanischen Götternamen der antiken Inschriften. 6. Caesar, The Gallic War, 6, 17. Edwards translation. 7. Tacitus, Germania, 40, 1. Rives translation. 8. , Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern, vol. I. English: The Poetic Edda, trans. Carolyne Larrington. 9. Original Old Icelandic text in Snorri Sturluson, Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning; Skáldskaparmál, ed. Anthony Faulkes. English: Sturluson, Edda, trans. Anthony Faulkes. 10. Gottfried Lorenz, ed.
II. : Ásynja), and that of the Vanir, which was representative of fertility, magic, and peaceful relationships based on pleasure. Before discussing the gods, however, we need to provide the context for their activities. Theogony and Cosmogony At the dawn of time there was only a fathomless void—Ginnungagap—that stretched between Niflheimr, the land of ice and shadows in the north, and Muspellsheimr, the realm of fire in the south. Rivers flowing out of the south toward Niflheimr would come to a halt in vast, icy masses.
ALVITR: HERVÖR ALVITR ÄLVKALL (“The Old Man of the River”): An aquatic spirit that can drive humans mad. ANDHRÍMNIR (“Sooty”): The name of the cook in Valhalla who prepares the boar Sæhrímnir in the cauldron Eldhrímnir. This is the food for the dead warriors who are gathered there. ANDLANGR (“Endlessly Vast”): The name of the second heaven that lies between the first heaven, which we can see, and the third heaven called Víðbláinn. ANDVARI (“Breath-keeper”): This dwarf swims in the form of a pike in the pool by a waterfall when he is captured by Loki, who demands that the dwarf give him all the treasure he is guarding.
Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic by Claude Lecouteux