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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381746762899 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas by H.A. Guerber, with 64 Illustrations. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 396 pages. Publisher: Dover Publications; (1992). From his exalted throne, a mighty watchtower, Odin surveys the world; a world of gods, giants, elves, dwarves, and men. Below, the Valkyrs ride forth, their golden hair streaming through the clouds, the pale northern sun glinting on shields and spears. Through the battlefields they swoop, bringing the kiss of death to the warriors bound for Valhalla, hall of the chosen slain. The myths of the Norsemen are darkly romantic, heroic and tragic. For sheer adventure and high drama, they are without equal. Their sagas are stirring tales that are as powerful now as they were a thousand years ago. But less well known are the stories themselves, stories with all the classic qualities of a long-lost age. Valor, nobility, and a triumphant greatness of spirit. These were the human attributes the medieval Norsemen admired most. What dazzling inspiration for young Viking warriors these tales must have been, vividly told beside blazing fires on dark and frozen nights. Their preservation, from the oral tradition to the prose sagas that have come down to us, owes much to the Norse colonization of Iceland. Here the art of storytelling lived on, vivid, dramatic, and realistic. The stories feature well-defined characters, colorfully portrayed. For deeply imbued with the values of the Norsemen though they were, the intention was entertainment, the emphasis on action and pace. And on these northerly shores, the sweep of Christianity across Europe was delayed long enough to allow learned men, proud of their pagan past, to adapt the art of storytelling to the written word. During the early part of the thirteenth century, the “Eddas” were collected together, masterpieces of Norse mythology that included the tragic death of Balder; the comic tale of Thor’s journey to the land of giants; and linked the cycle of the Nibelungen with the sagas preserved from Norway. “The Norsemen” provides an enjoyable digest of these ancient sagas, with running commentary as well as an invaluable glossary of a multitude of characters, including Frigga, queen of the gods; Thor, with his magic hammer; Brunhild, Freya, Hel, Loki, god of fire; Sigmund, Sigurd and hundreds more, including even werewolves. Includes 64 illustrations reproduced from classic paintings depict the deeds and heroes of the North. CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Scandinavians of the Viking Age answered the mysteries of life in their myths and legends. Folklorist Helene Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves, and warriors and monsters of these tales in Myths of the Norsemen. Ranging from the comic to the tragic, the myths tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, and betrayal. Helene Adeline Guerber was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, in 1859. With the exception of her education, for which she went to Paris, France, she lived most of her adult life in New Jersey, where she died in 1929. A teacher by profession, Guerber devoted her life to educating her fellow citizens about European literary and cultural history through the publication of about three dozen books on a vast array of topics ranging from famous operas to Jewish history to Shakespeare's plays. “Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas”, originally published in 1895 under the title “Myths of Northern Lands”, was her second book. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Wonderful collection of age-old tales assembled by noted scholar and folklore expert. Myths tell of the creation of the world; the deeds of such gods and heroes as Odin, Thor and Siegfried; the machinations of the evil Loki; and more. Entertaining and readable, these tales offer a striking presentation of the ancient Germanic and Scandinavian myths that have helped shape the literature and cultures of the modern West. REVIEW: A collection of myths that tell of the creation of the world, the deeds of such gods and heroes as Odin, Thor and Siegfried, the machinations of the evil Loki, and more. Entertaining and readable, these tales present the ancient Germanic and Scandinavian myths that have helped shape literature. This is a fine place to start on the road to Norse myths. There is a deeper more troubled path to take for to truth and origins of the myths but this book makes for a comprehensive fjord from which the longships of Viking enthusiasm may launch.’ READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book gives you something other books on Norse mythology do not. It contains 64 superb black and while illustrations which, for those who love mythology, are worth the price of the book alone. Also, this volume contains the most dramatic and compelling retelling of Ragnarok I have ever found. In this book, the myths are partly stories and partly explanations of what stories and their characters mean. So it does not feel that you are actually reading tales. For a more "direct" reading of the tales I use Crossley-Holland's "The Norse Myths." Also, I thought that too much was made of similarities between Greek and Northern mythology at the end of this book. Some comparisons feel artificial and strained. But one should keep in mind that this book was originally written in the 1920s, when linguists were very impressed, some would say "scandalized," by the apparent common origin of most European and some Asian languages. These languages, which today include all but three European languages, belong to the so-called Indo-European or Indo-Aryan group. It does appear that a number of characters in the Greek and Northern myths had a common Indo-Aryan prototype, but as already said, some similarities are farfetched and artificially constructed. The book contains a comprehensive index. REVIEW: I suppose that a pagan trying to use this book as a catechism might find doctrinal errors, depending on their particular denomination. Whether or not the book provides a proper interpretation of the original sources, it is a good read, a trove of information, and a particularly interesting analysis of the similarities between Greco-Roman and Norse mythology. The book falls somewhere between "encyclopedia of Norse mythology" and "Norse mythology for beginners”. It is a work that is simple to grasp and thoroughly laid out for the reader. The index and glossary cover it all, and make finding things easy. The illustrations go well with the book and you can get an idea from the artist's perspective, the outward meaning that the myths try to convey. Beauty, form, courage; the images in the pages help when reading to children, and the wording is easy enough for even the young to grasp. Don't miss this book! REVIEW: A fantastic, east-to-read, and inspiring book concerning Norse Mythology and beliefs and customs of the Northern peoples. This book covers almost all the gods and goddesses of the Norse pantheon, along with comparison of Norse and Greek Mythology and illustrations. I recommend this book to people who follow the Northern pagan path (Asatru), it will introduce you to gods/goddesses, and many pagan customs of our ancestors. Guerber also covers many pagan customs such as the Yule-feast, the Yule-log, and Easter. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! REVIEW: This is an excellent, easy to read, and fun introduction to Northern Mythology. Guerber covers a huge amount of ground concerning the folklore and mythology of Northern Europe(not just the Norsemen as the title implies). The illustrations in this book are outstanding. It is an excellent compilation of the Nordic World-View. It describes many beings, events, and items and then references them with their original sources. A particularly enjoyable aspect of the book is that is uses an older, more scholarly language. A wonderful addition to any Norse collection! REVIEW: This is a great compilation of the myths and legends of the old Norse. Full of the great stories pulled from the eddas. This book encouraged me to actually begin to study the eddas. The book has got to be one of the most informative books on Norse mythology currently available. Each chapter went into great detail about Odin, Thor, Freya, etc. to the point that if you buy just one Norse mythology book for your library, this should be it. I'm going to read it again shortly just because there is so much excellent information in this tome. The highest recommendation! REVIEW: This book is easy to read and contains lots of info on the Norse Gods and Goddesses, along with the legendary stories of their journeys and classical sagas. It also explains how some of the myths may have got started and what they symbolize, and contains 64 illustrations. For me, what I liked best about the book was the description of a spirits journey to Niflheim. I never could find much detail on it, but this book tells you all about the Norse's beliefs of the afterlife. So far, this is the best book on Norse myths that I've read! REVIEW: This is an excellent book considering its age (originally published in1909). Though a well versed Nordic reader would find the many cracks in its "Translation", it never the less is an excellent ground book for a student to get the general feel for the lore of the "Norsemen". I would suggest though that you read the Edda's and sagas for yourself, this book will provide a decent starting point for students or enthusiasts interested in learning about the Nordic myths and sagas. REVIEW: I could not put this book down once I started reading it. Great stories, well told, and wonderful illustrations to boot. It really is a good read for someone who is just starting to learn about Norse Mythology, though it might be a tad basic for experts in the field. The style is charming and readable, and there's a wealth of information to pursue. Guerber does some editorializing here and there, and the final chapter which attempts to draw parallels to Greco-Roman mythology was a waste of time. Nonetheless I consider this a good book to start a study of Norse mythology; it's an easy read, and if nothing else at least it tells you what to look for as you continue your reading elsewhere. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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