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Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and by Claude Lecouteux

By Claude Lecouteux

A radical connection with the various deities, magical beings, legendary locations, and historical customs of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe

• Explores the legends and origins of recognized gods and figures equivalent to Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, in addition to a extensive variety of magical beings reminiscent of the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants

• attracts upon a wealth of famous and infrequent assets, equivalent to the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes via 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 wide diversity of legendary characters and locations, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. during this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and stories at 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 recognized and infrequent resources, reminiscent of the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar by means of Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes by means of Saxo Grammaticus. past the well-known and notorious Norse gods and goddesses, Lecouteux additionally presents details on lesser-known figures from historical Germanic pagan culture corresponding 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, information many magical rituals, and stocks wild folktales from old Europe, resembling 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 through Christianity.

Complete with infrequent illustrations and knowledge from vague resources showing for the 1st time in English, this specific reference paintings represents a good source for students and people trying to reconnect to their pagan pasts and restoration the outdated faith.

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Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic

An intensive connection with the various 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 equivalent to Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, in addition to a large diversity of magical beings comparable to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants • attracts upon a wealth of recognized and infrequent assets, resembling the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes via 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 wide variety of legendary characters and areas, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus.

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They live in Ásgarðr, which they had a giant build for them. Located here is Valhalla (Valhöll), the hall of warriors slain in combat, where valkyries serve the valiant dead—the single fighters (einherjar) who will act as Óðinn’s troops for the world’s final battle—the meat of the boar Sæhrímnir and the mead that flows from the udder of the goat Heiðrun. Óðinn (Wuotan in Old High German, Wodan in Old Saxon, and Woden in Old English) is the supreme god and the chieftain of the divine pantheon. He is the master of runes and magic, the knowledge of which he acquired during nine days and nights hanging on the World Tree, Yggdrasill.

Fig. 6. The dwarf Alberich. Das Heldenbuch (Strasbourg: Johann Prüss, circa 1483). ALBERICH 2 (Elberich): In the legend of Ortnit, the king of Lombardy, the dwarf Alberich is the father of heroes. He is invisible to everyone except Ortnit, who wears a magic ring that Alberich gave to his mother. This guardian dwarf provides assistance to her son, Ortnit, who is seeking to wed the daughter of the sultan Machorel, who lives at Muntabur (Mount Thabor). He gives the king a full suit of armor and the sword Rosen.

By licking the ice, Auðumla caused the emergence of a man named Búri, who was able to reproduce like Ymir. He had a son, Burr (or Borr), who married Bestla, a descendant of Ymir. From their union were born the gods Óðinn (Odin), Vili, and Vé, who killed Ymir and built the world out of his body. Once they had finished they placed a dwarf at each corner of the sky to uphold the celestial vault. According to the Poetic Edda, this is how the gods were born and how the Earth was created. The universe consists of various worlds.

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