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Meeting the Other in Norse Myth and Legend

Author: John McKinnell
Publisher: Suffolk : Boydell & Brewer, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A particular, recurring feature of Old Norse myths and legends is an encounter between creatures of This World [gods and human beings] and those of the Other [giants, giantesses, dwarves, prophetesses, monsters and the dead]. Concentrating on cross-gendered encounters, this book analyses these meetings, and the different motifs and situations they encompass, from the consultation of a prophetess by a king or god, to  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John McKinnell
ISBN: 9781846154140 1846154146
OCLC Number: 1097086977
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 07 Jan 2019).
Description: 1 online resource : PDF file(s).
Other Titles: Meeting the Other in Norse Myth & Legend
Responsibility: John McKinnell.

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A particular, recurring feature of Old Norse myths and legends is an encounter between creatures of This World [gods and human beings] and those of the Other [giants, giantesses, dwarves, prophetesses, monsters and the dead]. Concentrating on cross-gendered encounters, this book analyses these meetings, and the different motifs and situations they encompass, from the consultation of a prophetess by a king or god, to sexual liaisons and return from the dead. It considers the evidence for their pre-Christian origins, discusses how far individual poets and prose writers were free to modify them, and suggests that they survived in medieval Christian society because [like folk-tale] they provide a non-dogmatic way of resolving social and psychological problems connected with growing up, succession from one generation to the next, sexual relationships and bereavement.

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