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Meeting the other in Norse myth and legend

Author: John McKinnell
Publisher: Suffolk : Boydell & Brewer, 2005.
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 9781843840428 1843840421
OCLC Number: 1117862387
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 30 Oct 2017).
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 291 pages) : PDF file(s).
Contents: Part One. Aims, Methods and Sources --
Introduction --
Methods --
Sources --
Part Two. The Vanir --
The Vanir patterns: ritual origins --
Misalliance and the Summer King --
The Goddess and her Lover --
The Võlva --
Part Three. The Æsir --
Fighting the Giantess: Þórr --
Þórr and the Bear's Son --
Seducing the Giantess: "ðinn --
Seduced by the Giantess: the Odinic Hero --
The Helpful Giantess --
Part Four. Encounters with the Dead --
Consulting the Dead --
The Dead Lover's Return.
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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