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Meeting the Other in Norse Myth and Legend
by 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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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781843840428
  • ISBN-10: 1843840421
  • Publisher: D.S. Brewer
  • Publish Date: June 2005
  • Page Count: 302
  • Dimensions: 9.32 x 6.46 x 1.17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.32 pounds


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