Tales of Valhalla: Norse Myths and Legends

Tales of Valhalla: Norse Myths and Legends

by Martyn Whittock, Hannah Whittock


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681778464
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 560,583
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martyn Whittock has written numerous educational and history books, including titles on Viking and Anglo-Saxon history.
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

Introduction ix

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

Notes 263

Select Bibliography 267

Index 269

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