By Claude Lecouteux
A radical connection with the numerous deities, magical beings, legendary areas, and old customs of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe
• Explores the legends and origins of famous gods and figures resembling Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, in addition to a wide variety of magical beings akin to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants
• attracts upon a wealth of famous and infrequent assets, resembling the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes through Saxo Grammaticus
• Examines folktales, myths, and magical ideals from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and England
The legends of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria throughout Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a vast variety of legendary characters and areas, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. during this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and stories in the back of many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, folks customs, and legendary locations of Norse and Germanic culture.
More than a connection with the Aesir and the Vanir pantheons, this encyclopedia attracts upon a wealth of famous and infrequent assets, equivalent to the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar by way of Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes via Saxo Grammaticus. past the well-known and notorious Norse gods and goddesses, Lecouteux additionally offers info on lesser-known figures from historical Germanic pagan culture akin to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, land spirits, fairies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, bogeymen, giants, and lots of different beings who roam the wild, in addition to long articles on recognized figures and occasions corresponding to Siegfried (Sigurd in Norse) and Ragnarök. the writer describes the worship of the weather and bushes, info many magical rituals, and stocks wild folktales from old Europe, similar to the unusual event of Peter Schlemihl and the story of the Cursed Huntsman. He additionally dispels the fake ideals that experience arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression via Christianity.
Complete with infrequent illustrations and data from imprecise assets showing for the 1st time in English, this precise reference paintings represents a superb source for students and people looking to reconnect to their pagan pasts and fix the previous faith.