A vivid retelling of Norse mythology that explores these legendary stories and their significance and influence on the Viking world.
Valhalla and its pantheon of gods and heroes have always fascinated readers, whether it is how these tales illuminate the Viking world or influence cultural touchstones like J. R. R. Tolkien, whose Middle Earth is heavily indebted to Germanic and Norse mythology, as well as Hollywood and comic-culture.
In Tales of Valhalla, the Whittocks have dramatically retold these rich stories and sets them in context within the wider Viking world. Including both mythsstories, usually religious, which explain origins, why things are as they are, the nature of the spiritualand legendsstories which attempt to explain historical events and which may involve historical characters but which are told in a non-historical way and which often include supernatural eventsTales from Valhalla is an accessible and lively volume that brings these hallmarks of world literature to a new generation.
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About the Author
He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History magazine and other archaeological journals. He lives in Oxford, UK.
Hannah Whittock has a Masters of Philosophy from Cambridge in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies. She has co-written three books on Viking and Anglo-Saxon history and has written journal articles on Anglo-Saxon frontiers and coinage produced during the Viking Wars. She reads Old English and Old Norse.
Table of Contents
1 Who were the 'Norse'? 1
2 The impact of Christianity on Norse mythology 11
Part 1 Norse Myths
3 The origins of the world 19
4 The order of things 29
5 Loki the trickster and his children 41
6 The goddesses of the Asyniur, the valkyries and the wife of Freyr 48
7 The cunning of Loki and the adventures of Thor 55
8 The killing of Baldr and the punishing of Loki 69
9 The kidnapping of Idunn and the origins of poetry 80
10 Adventures in Giantland 89
11 Stories of gold and of gods 98
12 The sayings of Odin 114
13 The rivalry of Odin and Frigg over the sons of King Hraudung 122
14 The conflict at the ferry place 130
15 Thor and Tyr fetch a giant cauldron from Giantland, and Loki insults the gods and goddesses in the hall of Aegir 139
16 Thor dresses as a woman in order to retrieve his hammer from the giants 153
17 The 'history' of gods and people, The Seeress' Prophecy 161
18 Ragnarok and the end of the world 173
Part 2 Norse Legends
19 The Saga of the Volsungs and the story of Sigurd, the dragon-slayer 181
20 Legendary rulers of men 199
21 Ynglinga Saga and the 'history' of gods and kings 205
22 The magic sword called Tyrfing 217
23 The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki 228
24 Journeys to Vinland 248
Select Bibliography 267