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                            The Nordic Spirit: Norse Sagas, Viking Mythology, Scandinavian Folktales 

      The Nordic countries (consisting of the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, as well as Finland, Iceland and Greenland) have a rich storytelling heritage. The earliest written manuscripts are the Norse sagas, stylized narratives of real people and places which were memorized and orated through the generations, and in later centuries recorded in written form, mostly in Iceland.   These sagas tell of family feuds, kings, battles, Viking explorations and raids, and other significant events and exploits.  A complex blend of historical fact and artistic embellishment, they provide insight to the societal organization and way of life during those early times, and are the subject of intense study by scholars.
         
Viking mythology is peopled with the gods of the realm of Asgard –Odin, Thor, Freyja, Loki, etc.–and of other characters such as elves, jotunns (giants), dwarves and valkyries, the latter beings responsible for leading the dead to either Valhalla or Hel.  The cosmos in which all these beings live is Yggdrasil, the “tree of life”—until the time of destruction, called Ragnarok.
          And finally there is the gentler genre of folktales, which serve to explain natural phenomenon and illustrate moral concepts and consequences.

         The items listed below represent a mere smattering of the rich body of literature illuminating the ancient and medieval culture of this fascinating corner of the world.

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Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer: A Twice-Told Tale, Cartwright, Thomas
Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer: A Twice-Told Tale
Cartwright, Thomas
50.00 USD
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Myths, Legends, and Heros: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature, Anlezark, Daniel (Ed.)
Myths, Legends, and Heros: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature
Anlezark, Daniel (Ed.)
60.00 USD
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Northern Lights: Following Folklore in North-Western Europe, Essays in Honour of Bo Almqvist, O Cathain, Seamas (Editor)
Northern Lights: Following Folklore in North-Western Europe, Essays in Honour of Bo Almqvist
O Cathain, Seamas (Editor)
150.00 USD
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East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen; Moe, Jørgen Engebretsen
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen; Moe, Jørgen Engebretsen
190.00 USD
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An Introduction to Viking Mythology, Grant, John
An Introduction to Viking Mythology
Grant, John
10.00 USD
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The Saga of Viga Glum, Boucher, Alan
The Saga of Viga Glum
Boucher, Alan
55.00 USD
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Egils Saga, Fell, Christine E. (editor and translator); Lucas, John (Poems)
Egils Saga
Fell, Christine E. (editor and translator); Lucas, John (Poems)
35.00 USD
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The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers, Marine Research Society
The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers
Marine Research Society
11.00 USD

Peter and the Starcatchers, Barry, Dave; Pearson, Ridley
Peter and the Starcatchers
Barry, Dave; Pearson, Ridley
12.00 USD

A Skeleton at the Helm, Stephens, John Richard  (Editor)
A Skeleton at the Helm
Stephens, John Richard (Editor)
15.00 USD

Pirates: Predators of the Seas, Konstam, Angus; Kean, Roger Michael
Pirates: Predators of the Seas
Konstam, Angus; Kean, Roger Michael
27.00 USD

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The Most Evil Pirates in History
Klein, Shelley
20.00 USD

The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book, Collins, Bud
The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book
Collins, Bud
14.00 USD

Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, D'Orso, Michael
Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood
D'Orso, Michael
15.00 USD

Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach, Wiley, Andrea S.; Allen, John S.
Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach
Wiley, Andrea S.; Allen, John S.
16.00 USD

 
 


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