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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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Harper's (Monthly) Magazine -- Set of Two Issues: June 1932/No. 985 and July 1932/No. 986, Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
Harper's (Monthly) Magazine -- Set of Two Issues: June 1932/No. 985 and July 1932/No. 986
Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
72.00 USD

Harper's (Monthly) Magazine,  July 1932,  Vol. 165,  No 986, Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
Harper's (Monthly) Magazine, July 1932, Vol. 165, No 986
Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
40.00 USD

Harper's (Monthly) Magazine  June 1932,  Vol. 165, No. 985, Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
Harper's (Monthly) Magazine June 1932, Vol. 165, No. 985
Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
40.00 USD

Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia, Turville-Petre, E.O.G.
Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia
Turville-Petre, E.O.G.
160.00 USD

Women in the Viking Age, Jesch, Judith
Women in the Viking Age
Jesch, Judith
46.00 USD

I Married Adventure, Johnson, Osa
I Married Adventure
Johnson, Osa
125.00 USD

John D. MacDonald: Five Complete Travis McGee Novels, MacDonald, John D.
John D. MacDonald: Five Complete Travis McGee Novels
MacDonald, John D.
12.00 USD

The Secret Language of Birds : A Treasury of Myths, Folklore and Inspirational True Stories, Nozedar, Adele
The Secret Language of Birds : A Treasury of Myths, Folklore and Inspirational True Stories
Nozedar, Adele
22.00 USD

 
 


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