an intensive connection with the numerous deities, magical beings, legendary areas, and historic customs of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe
• Explores the legends and origins of recognized gods and figures similar to Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, in addition to a large variety of magical beings comparable to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants
• attracts upon a wealth of famous and infrequent resources, corresponding to the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes by way of 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 large diversity 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 at the back of many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, people customs, and legendary areas 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, resembling 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 presents info on lesser-known figures from historic Germanic pagan culture corresponding to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, land spirits, fairies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, bogeymen, giants, and plenty of different beings who roam the wild, in addition to long articles on recognized figures and occasions equivalent to Siegfried (Sigurd in Norse) and Ragnarök. the writer describes the worship of the weather and timber, info many magical rituals, and stocks wild folktales from old Europe, corresponding 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 knowledge from imprecise assets showing for the 1st time in English, this precise reference paintings represents a great source for students and people trying to reconnect to their pagan pasts and fix the previous religion.