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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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Tales From the Fjeld: A Series of Popular Tales From the Norse of P. Ch. Asbjörnsen, Dasent, Sir George (Webbe)
Tales From the Fjeld: A Series of Popular Tales From the Norse of P. Ch. Asbjörnsen
Dasent, Sir George (Webbe)
125.00 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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Thrand of Gotu: Two Icelandic Sagas from the Flat Island Book, Johnston, George (translator)
Thrand of Gotu: Two Icelandic Sagas from the Flat Island Book
Johnston, George (translator)
12.00 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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Fairy Tales, Andersen, Hans Christian
Fairy Tales
Andersen, Hans Christian
16.00 USD

Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden, Lee, Bob H.
Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden
Lee, Bob H.
35.00 USD

Tales of the Florida Coast: Stories of the Pioneers, Lives of the Pirates, and True Tales of Treasure Hunting, Beater, Jack
Tales of the Florida Coast: Stories of the Pioneers, Lives of the Pirates, and True Tales of Treasure Hunting
Beater, Jack
20.00 USD

The Lord of the Rings - Three Volumes Boxed Set: The Fellowship of the Ring /  The Two Towers /  The Return of the King, Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Lord of the Rings - Three Volumes Boxed Set: The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King
Tolkien, J. R. R.
135.00 USD

Geronimo Comes to Pensacola, Walby, David L.
Geronimo Comes to Pensacola
Walby, David L.
16.00 USD

1861: The Battle for Santa Rosa Island, Walby, David L.
1861: The Battle for Santa Rosa Island
Walby, David L.
16.00 USD

The Haunted Major, Marshall, Robert
The Haunted Major
Marshall, Robert
30.00 USD

Viking Settlement to Medieval Dublin, Curriculum Development Unit; Stokes, Dermot (Ed.)
Viking Settlement to Medieval Dublin
Curriculum Development Unit; Stokes, Dermot (Ed.)
30.00 USD

 
 


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