Greek Mythology Since the days when man lived in caves and struggled to survive, he has wondered about the world that surrounds him.
Photo copyright CG Olsen Now I am finally scheduled to teach an upper division course in Norse mythology, my favorite subject. This comes with its perils.
Still, a scholar is invested in understanding these texts on their own terms, as far as possible. Strictly speaking such an understanding is an impossible task, but so is translation, and we do well enough there anyway see Paul Ricoeur on the topic. Sure, it can devolve into a game or politics at times, but there are certainly a lot more checks and balances, as well as expertise, on the side of the scholars.
I am only planning on using three books in my course, aside from a course reader, but they are good places to start. This is a relatively concise and easy to read encyclopedia of Norse Mythology by one of the leading scholars in the field also the head of my dissertation committee.
In addition to the individual entries, the book starts with a chapter introducing the historical background external to the myths and a second discussing Time in the mythology internal to the myths.
Next, I am assigning the two Eddas as primary sources. Yes, there are lots of other relevant primary sources out there— excerpts of those will be included in the course Reader. The Eddas are a good place to start, though, so if you are hoping to get a taste for the medieval texts, try these two translations: You can find out-of-copyright versions of the Eddas online, but I would suggest you not bother— the translations are horrible and portions are left out because they were too impolite for readers of the time.
What are the Eddas? Edda aka Prose Edda or Snorra Edda formerly known as Younger Edda is a book of poetics written by the Icelandic Chieftain Snorri Sturluson in the first half of the s, in which he happened to include a large number of Norse myths, wrapped up in a frame narrative which rendered them fictional for his Christian audience Iceland converted c.
Yes, there is a lot more to say about these, but that will have to be a separate post. I did write two Literary Encyclopedia articles about Prose Edda and Poetic Edda — unfortunately, you need to subscribe to The Literary Encyclopedia to get access or get access through an institution which subscribes.
Looks interesting and I look forward to reviewing it more thoroughly at some point. His book rests on the fact that the Viking Age was not a period of religious homogeneity— the pagan Scandinavians certainly did not have anything like the sense of orthodoxy that literate religions like Christianity have and please note that this is not a put-down on heathenism— just a point re: A great introduction to some significant aspects of Viking Age religion.
Unfortunately we have now gotten to sources which are much less accessible, and you will have to check with your nearest university to see whether they have a copy you can read. Still, it is a great, theoretically-savvy and interdisciplinary interpretation of Norse Mythology as a system in the context in which it was written— Christian Iceland of the s.
More books on Norse Mythology and other topics to come— probably with more focused topics or reviews from now on. Wow, this is by far my most popular post on this blog.
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Unfortunately we have now gotten to sources which are much less accessible, and you will have to check with your nearest university to see whether they have a copy you can read.