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Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic
by Claude Lecouteux and Claude Graham and Michael Moynihan


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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More About Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic by Claude Lecouteux; Claude Graham; Michael Moynihan
 
 
 
Overview
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 Ragnarok. 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781620554807
  • ISBN-10: 1620554801
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions International
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

With sources ranging from the 13th-century Poetic and Prose Eddas to the 20th-century works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Lecouteux's encyclopedia covers Norse and Germanic gods, including crowd-pleasers Odin, Thor, and Loki; folk mythology figures such as Loyal Eckart and the Cursed Huntsman; and other "elemental and supernatural beings, such as the didken and the angane. The book offers a significant amount of Germanic folkloric and legendary material that was not previously available in English. Entries vary from a single line placing the name of an object or minor figure in its context to multi-paragraph summaries of the legends in which an object or figure appears. The catalogue of entries is itself informative (noting every mythological name that is "featured in a complete text" or appears in a text that is "fragmentary but still intelligible"), and Lecouteux's analysis offers a deeper layer of interest, with tidbits on the "remarkable kinship" between ancient Indian mythology and Germanic traditions, Germanic countries naming diseases after demons, and various examples of god and spirit names preserved linguistically in titles and figures of speech. The encyclopedia is targeted to academics with knowledge of the subject matter, but general readers will also find gems here, considering Lecouteux's flair for the interesting and linguistically quirky. (July)

 
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