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eBook Dictionary of Northern Mythology ePub

by Angela Hall,Rudolf Simek

  • ISBN: 0859913694
  • Category: Mythology and Folk Tales
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Angela Hall,Rudolf Simek
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc (April 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 320
  • ePub book: 1660 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1900 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 189


Dictionary of Norse Mythology by Rudolf Simek was originally published in German in 1984 and appeared in an English translation by Angela Hall in 1993, ISBN 0 85991 369 4. The publisher of the English translation is D. S. Brewer.

Dictionary of Norse Mythology by Rudolf Simek was originally published in German in 1984 and appeared in an English translation by Angela Hall in 1993, ISBN 0 85991 369 4.

A Dictionary of Northern Mythology book.

Rudolf Simek, Angela Hall

Rudolf Simek, Angela Hall.

Simek, Rudolf (2007) translated by Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. v. t. e. History of the Germanic peoples. Prehistory, background. Nordic Bronze Age. Pre-Roman Iron Age in Northern Europe.

My battered copy of A Dictionary of Northern Mythology, by Rudolf Simek, translat. ed by Angela Hall, was always invaluable, continually consulted, eye-opening, and informative. She was a fabulous sounding board, always opinionated and forthright, helpful, sensible, and smart

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The original Lexikon has been translated by Angela Hall together with Simek and it is said to have been expanded and revised as well. A staggering amount of terms, including short articles about poems, sagas and concepts and a great number of names which are often also explained etymologically

For two-and-a-half thousand years, from 1500BC to 1000AD, a culture as significant as the classical civilization of the Mediterranean world settled an immense area in northern Europe that stretched from Iceland to the Black Sea. But whereas the stuff of classical mythology has been fully absorbed into the cultural history of the west, the mythology of northern Europe - Scandinavians, Goths, Angles and Saxons - is often enigmatic. The element of mystery that pervades northern mythology is to an extent due to the scarcity of sources, but for this dictionary Rudolf Simek has made use of those that are available. Christians in Iceland, one of the last bastions of heathen-Germanic religion, wrote about German beliefs 200 years after the coming of Christianity, and at about this time the younger Eddic lays were written and the older ones transcribed. Snorri Sturluson's "Snorra-Edda", his hand-book for poets on the Germanic gods, which drew on skaldic and Eddic lays of Norway and Iceland, is a rich source of references; runic inscriptions, though magical in character, occasionally mention the gods. Tacitus's "Germania", written at the end of the first century AD, is a most important source of information on the northern tribes and their religion, and votive stones, set up by Germanic tribes but carved by Roman stonemasons, also shed light on cult activity. Place names and archaeological discoveries complete the available evidence. Later work has built on these foundations, and Rudolf Simek's bibliography indicates the scholarly works he has consulted. In compiling this dictionary he has adhered to a broad definition of mythology which presents the beliefs of the heathen Germanic tribes in their entirety: not only tales of the gods, but of beings from lower levels of belief, elves, dwarfs and giants; the beginning and end of the world; the creation of man, death and the afterlife; cult, burial customs and magic - an entire history of Germanic religion.


LoboThommy LoboThommy
In general, I have found dictionaries of mythology to be relatively difficult to get real use out of unless one is already familiar with the material. This work is the exception to that rule.

Simek provides a great deal of information in this work and references to the sources. Hence it is an extremely useful work when one wants to get a quick overview of his views on the sources, with enough material to go further and check for yourself. Obviously like all secondary sources, it should not be taken fully at face value.

What sets this work apart from other dictionaries of mythology is the depth the author goes in exploring etymologies of names and providing usable source citations. Hence even if you know the mythic material, the work provides some additional elements not found in simply looking at the sources. However, at the same time, the sources are properly cited so you can go and read more.

In general, I would consider this to be an absolutely indispensable reference for serious work in the fields relating to Germanic mythology and saga.
Kulabandis Kulabandis
This has everything that you'll ever need to know about Norse or Northern Mythology. It has everything from well known to almost unknown passage in our history. It details how the word came to be, where it came from, the myth and it's various forms, cross-referencing with other myths, and it's all so easy to understand and follow. Very well done. An outstanding accomplishment. This would be a glowing addition to any mythology and/or religion library.
Seevinev Seevinev
This book is never far from my side. The info is accurate and easy to access. Perfect research tool. Not much out there that cannot be found in this book.
CrazyDemon CrazyDemon
This book was safely packaged and arrived before the estimated time to arrive.
It is very thorough and easy to use. It's a great tool while reading stories of the old gods.
MilsoN MilsoN
Seems to be the One to have. The few mistakes or omissions noted by other Amazon users are nugatory, but duly noted. I use this book when burrowing through Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" to find all of his allusions to Norse mythology. ". . . wallhall's horrors . . ." etc.; or, from page 628 of the Wake: "Lff!" (Lif).
Jesmi Jesmi
Standard book that came in good condition.
Ariurin Ariurin
I ordered this book for my husband and he absolutely loves it. This book has much more concise information he was looking for compared to other books I have ordered for him on the same subject. This is a must- have for anyone doing research on Nordic mythology.
Excellent resource material for cross-referencing.