Great Old Resources - Five Different Titles

There are a wide variety of old books that serve as amazing resources regarding Germanic and Scandinavian Culture and History. These are but a few of the resources available. Here are the book titles, with descriptions for each provided below...

 


Age of Fable - This 1856 book by Thomas Bulfinch covers mostly Greek and "Classical" Mythology, but it has chapters on Egyptian Mythology, Eastern Mythology, and finally what he calls the "Northern Mythology, which is covered on pages 436 through 465 of the text. Bulfinch's work is a classic text...still in print today...though we've seen editions of his text that had the Northern Mythology section removed completely. But not here...

The Heroes of Asgard - This 1907 school book for secondary school was written by A. and E. Keary. It was edited for use in school rooms by M.R. Earle. It is illustrated with beautiful old-fashioned line drawings and has a secondary title of "Tales from Scandinavian Mythology." This would be a good book for reading to children about the Heathen Gods.

Religion of the Northmen - This is an 1854 book by Rudolph Keyser, Professor of History in the University of Norway...translated by Barclay Pennock. This translation has a lengthy introduction, in order to give the reader an understanding of the Eddas and Sagas prior to reading the translation of Keyser's original text.

Social Scandinavia in the Viking Age - This 1920 book by Mary Wilhelmine Williams, Ph.D. covers the Land and the People, Kinship and Nationality, Classes within Society, Childhood, Dress and Ornament, Marriage and Divorce, the Position of Women, Homesteads and Houses, Furnishings and Food, Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing, Transportation, Trade and Commerce, Markets and Towns, Weapons and Warfare, Government, Justice, Social Gatherings, the Runes, Learning and Art, Religion, Superstition, and Death and Burial.

The Viking Age, Volume. 1 - This large two-volume set from 1890 was written by Dr. Paul Du Chaillu, and had a secondary title of, "The Early History, Manners, and Customs of the Ancestors of the English-Speaking Nations." This volume includes chapters on Civilization and Antiquities, Roman and Greek Accounts, the Settlement of Britain, Mythology and Cosmogony, the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages, Runes, Relics, Graves and Burials, Horses & Wagons, Religion & Superstitions, the Division in Classes, Slavery, the Thing, Oaths, Duelling, Outlawry, and Revenge.

The Viking Age, Volume. 2 - This large two-volume set from 1890 was written by Dr. Paul Du Chaillu, and had a secondary title of, "The Early History, Manners, and Customs of the Ancestors of the English-Speaking Nations." This volume includes chapters on Marriage, Divorce, the Birth and Bringing-Up Children, Foster Brotherhood, Weapons, War Customs, Rock-Tracings, War-Ships, Naval Warfare, Traders and Trading Ships, Debts and Robbery, Halls and Buildings, Feasts, How Men and Women Dressed, Occupations and Sports, Scaldship, the Havamal, Sorrow and Mourning, Champions and Berserks, Expeditions and Deeds of Great Vikings, the Settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and America.

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