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The Norsemen

Author: H A Guerber
Publisher: New York : Avenel Books, 1986, ©1985.
Series: Myths and legends series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The myths of the Norsemen are darkly romantic, heroic and tragic. For sheer adventure and high drama, they are without equal. These stirring tales are as powerful now as they were a thousand years ago. Less well known are the stories themselves, stories with all the classic qualities of a long-lost age: valor, nobility and a triumphant greatness of spirit. These were the human attributes the medieval Norsemen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sagas
Legends
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H A Guerber
ISBN: 0517604396 9780517604397
OCLC Number: 14092795
Description: xvi, 396 pages, 64 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The beginning --
Odin --
Frigga --
Thor --
Bragi --
Idun --
Niord --
Frey --
Freya --
Uller --
Forseti --
Heimdall --
Hermod --
Vidar --
Vali --
The Norns --
The Valkyrs --
Hel --
Aegir --
Balder --
Loki --
The giants --
The dwarfs --
The elves --
The Sigurd Sea --
The Frithiof saga --
The twilight of the gods --
Greek and northern mythologies: a comparison.
Series Title: Myths and legends series.
Responsibility: H.A. Guerber ; with ill. from drawings and famous paintings.

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The myths of the Norsemen are darkly romantic, heroic and tragic. For sheer adventure and high drama, they are without equal. These stirring tales are as powerful now as they were a thousand years ago. Less well known are the stories themselves, stories with all the classic qualities of a long-lost age: valor, nobility and a triumphant greatness of spirit. These were the human attributes the medieval Norsemen admired most. What dazzling inspirations for young Viking warriors must these tales have been, vividly told beside blazing fires on dark, and frozen nights. The preservation of these myths, from the oral tradition to the prose sagas that have been handed down to us owes much to the Norse colonization of Iceland. On these northerly shores, the learned men who were proud of their pagan past adapted the art of storytelling to the written word. This book provides an enjoyable digest of these ancient sagas, along with a running commentary and an invaluable glossary of a multitude of characters. -- Publisher description.

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