Complete with rare illustrations and information from obscure sources appearing for the first time in English, this detailed reference work represents an excellent resource for scholars and those seeking to reconnect to their pagan pasts ...
Author: Claude Lecouteux
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A thorough reference to the many deities, magical beings, mythical places, and ancient customs of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe • Explores the legends and origins of well-known gods and figures such as Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, as well as a broad range of magical beings such as the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants • Draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus • Examines folktales, myths, and magical beliefs from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and England The legends of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria across Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a broad range of mythical characters and places, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. In this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and tales behind many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, folk customs, and mythical places of Norse and Germanic tradition. More than a reference to the Aesir and the Vanir pantheons, this encyclopedia draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar by Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus. Beyond the famous and infamous Norse gods and goddesses, Lecouteux also provides information on lesser-known figures from ancient Germanic pagan tradition such as the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, land spirits, fairies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, bogeymen, giants, and many other beings who roam the wild, as well as lengthy articles on well-known figures and events such as Siegfried (Sigurd in Norse) and Ragnarök. The author describes the worship of the elements and trees, details many magical rituals, and shares wild folktales from ancient Europe, such as the strange adventure of Peter Schlemihl and the tale of the Cursed Huntsman. He also dispels the false beliefs that have arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression by Christianity. Complete with rare illustrations and information from obscure sources appearing for the first time in English, this detailed reference work represents an excellent resource for scholars and those seeking to reconnect to their pagan pasts and restore the old religion.
Variation: cap of invisibility In German folklore, the dwarf king Laurin owned many magical items, one of which was a ... Sources: Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and
Fable, Volume 1,597; Grimes, The Norse Myths, 275; Sidgwick, Old Ballads, ...
Author: Theresa Bane
Category: Social Science
Curious about the chains that bound Fenriswulf in Norse mythology? Or the hut of Baba Yaga, the infamous witch of Russian folklore? Containing more than one thousand detailed entries on the magical and mythical items from the different folklore, legends, and religions the world over, this encyclopedia is the first of its kind. From Abadi, the named stone in Roman mythology to Zul-Hajam, one of the four swords said to belong to the prophet Mohammed, each item is described in as much detail as the original source material provided, including information on its origin, who was its wielder, and the extent of its magical abilities. The text also includes a comprehensive cross-reference system and an extensive bibliography to aid researchers.
Mythic associations in later English fairy tales reflect influence from German folklore and Scandinavian mythology in translations appearing ... In Old Norse
literature, dwarves are subterranean smiths associated with treasure,
supernatural knowledge, the subterranean world, and the dead. ... In the Vo
̈lsunga saga, the dwarf Andvari has a fabulous treasure hoard and a magic,
Author: Michael D. C. Drout
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
A detailed work of reference and scholarship, this one volume Encyclopedia includes discussions of all the fundamental issues in Tolkien scholarship written by the leading scholars in the field. Coverage not only presents the most recent scholarship on J.R.R. Tolkien, but also introduces and explores the author and scholar's life and work within their historical and cultural contexts. Tolkien's fiction and his sources of influence are examined along with his artistic and academic achievements - including his translations of medieval texts - teaching posts, linguistic works, and the languages he created. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics: adaptations art and illustrations characters in Tolkien's work critical history and scholarship influence of Tolkien languages biography literary sources literature creatures and peoples of Middle-earth objects in Tolkien's work places in Tolkien's work reception of Tolkien medieval scholars scholarship by Tolkien medieval literature stylistic elements themes in Tolkien's works theological/ philosophical concepts and philosophers Tolkien's contemporary history and culture works of literature
This series is an exhaustive compendium of German and Norse mythology and a milestone in the study of comparative mythology and religion.
Author: Jacob Grimm
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Category: Social Science
This series is an exhaustive compendium of German and Norse mythology and a milestone in the study of comparative mythology and religion. Indispensable for students and scholars of folklore, cultural history, and literature. Volume III of the four-volume set includes: Poetry, Spectres, Devil, Magic, Superstition, Herbs and Stones, Spells and Charms.
Connected with Harvard University Press and holding an editorial position on the
Journal of American Folklore , he had a ... In addition , he regularly taught
courses in medieval romance , Old Norse , Germanic mythology , and Germanic
and ... Witchcraft in Old and New England ( 1929 ) has , in addition to its historical
component , extensive comparative notes regarding practices of sympathetic magic .
Author: Bruce A. Rosenberg
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
Category: Social Science
Contains entries for authors, titles, national literatures, themes, and motifs in literature and folklore.
I6 RELIGION: Christian Sects; Comparative Religion; Mythology; Buddhism;
Hinduism RELIGION (Zoroastrianism; ... Funk & Wagnulls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend: Maria LEACH, editor. ... The Golden Bough: A
Study in Magic and Religion: James G. FRAzER. ... Translation of a popular German version. ... Norse Mythology, Legends of Gods and Heroes: Peter A
Normal everyday usage , and popular belief , can be seen clearly in the magic
papyn and curse - tablets ( tabellae defixionum ) ... The mythology and folklore of
northern Europe include a large number of similar spirits to whom the varied ...
such as unexplained sounds in the midst of darkness and silence , gave birth to
the Norse gandreid , “ the spirits ' ride , ” and ... s host in German folklore , and to
Hecate ' s swarm of ghosts haunting the crossroads after nightfall in Greek mythology .
Author: Gale Group
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
This 15 volume, second edition features revised and new articles. Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.
In Old Norse superstition wights were The battle - maidens of the ancient folklore
, fre - tutelary spirits who had their ... In German Vopiscus , Vita Aurelii , 37 ;
Paulus Diaconus , i . folklore they were vivacious spirit - like creatures 15 Saxo
Gramm . i . ... Among disobeyed the commands of her lord by giving the their
possessions is the tarn - cap or magic hood victory to ... It is a moot point whether
forge is situated within the hills , and accordingly the Norns , the Fates ' of Norse mythology ...
Tacitus reported that early Germanic peoples wore animal skins in H. Mattingly (
ed.), S. A. Handford (trs.), The Agricola and the Germania, chapter 17. See also
W. Bonser, 'Animal Skins in Magic and Medicine' Folklore, 73, 1962, 128–9. ...
The story of the death of Fergus is told in C. and J. Matthews The Encyclopaedia
of Celtic Wisdom (Shaftesbury: Element ... from the Norse Mythology (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1954), relates the story of Hrimfaxi, and the magic
Author: Brian Bates
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Literary Criticism
J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that he based the land of Middle Earth on a real place. The Real Middle Earth brings alive, for the first time, the very real civilization in which those who lived had a vision of life animated by beings beyond the material world. Magic was real to these people and they believed their universe was held together by an interlaced web of golden threads visible only to wizards. At its center was Middle Earth, a place peopled by humans, but imbued with spiritual power. It was a real realm that stretched from Old England to Scandinavia and across to western Europe, encompassing Celts, Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Looking first at the rich and varied tribes who made up the populace of this mystical land, Bates looks at how the people lived their daily lives in a world of magic and mystery. Using archaeological, historical, and psychological research, Brian Bates breathes life into this civilization of two thousand years ago in a book that every Tolkien fan will want.
This volume offers a comprehensive index of 200 pages on all the subject areas covered in the 9-volume set. In addition, it has a 44-page, alphabetically arranged section on mythical and religious figures around the world, and a 30-page section of tabular material.
FOLKLORE 498w tions" of college campuses — all share in the social
reinforcement of the ancient myths and rituals ... character study in "Little Boy
Blue"; kindness in "I love Little Pussy, her coat is so warm"; and anti- crying magic
in "This is the ... Gilgamesh, Samson, Theseus, Hercules, Moses, and the Norse
Volsungs show us the ways of the folk hero. ... Each Germanic province or nation
had its star collectors, among them Karl Mullenhoff and Kurt Ranke, both of