Handbook of Norse Mythology (World Mythology)

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9781576072172: Handbook of Norse Mythology (World Mythology)

Authoritative, comprehensive reference incorporating the latest research on tales, literary and oral sources, and the broad-reaching cultural legacy of Norse mythology.


· Provides a discussion of literary and oral sources and cultural meaning and surveys such themes as the mythic past, present, and future; cyclical time; time and space; and myth, narrative, and language

· Includes an A–Z guide to key mythological figures, concepts, and events, plus a full subject index and an extensive bibliography of print, web, video, and CD-ROM resources

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Coming from Europe's northernmost reaches, the Vikings struggled to understand and control their harsh and beautiful world through myths: Thor, Odin, and the gods of Valhalla on high locked in great battles of good and evil; elves, trolls, and mortal men and women caught in life's tragic and comical daily dramas.

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John Lindow is professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

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