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The Norns in Old Norse Mythology Hardcover – 22 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press (22 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906716188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906716189
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can recommend The Norns in Old Norse Mythology, by Karen Bek Pedersen personally, since I ve already had a chance to read it and it s excellent. If you want to know anything about the Norns, frankly, you d be crazy to look elsewhere for your information. --Old Norse News

With The Norns in Old Norse Mythology, Karen Bek-Pedersen offers a very detailed book about nornir as well as other supernatural female figures in Old Norse mythology. It is a high quality piece of research, especially as regards its detailed and accurate close readings of the text sources, which will satisfy both interested beginners and specialised scholars. The most important point of critique would be the lack of methodological discussion and an insufficiently theoretical approach to this interesting object of research. This reviewer is nonetheless certain that the book will stimulate much discussion of the nornir, and forthcoming papers and books dealing with the subject will have to measure up to this definitive work. --Cosmos

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Karen Bek-Pedersen is lecturer in Early Scandinavian Studies and currently works at the University of Southern Denmark after a period with the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, the University of Aberdeen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Barnes on 20 Mar. 2012
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This is a rare book. It is choc full of facts and information, shining a torch on the Norns. Who are quickly called the nornir. Scholarly, yet utterly readable. This is what I look for in my academic works. Dry, boring and way above my level this is not. It assumes you have little knowledge of the background, but tells you things you may already know in such a way you simply nod, as if listening to an friend.

When you come to the juicy bits you did not know, you feel blessed and energised to be in the company of such knowledge: not lost and belittled by the over arching brain power of the writer as in some academic books.

I have read John Matthews, Brian Bates, Bob Curran, Darren Oldridge, Robin Briggs, Owen Davies, Westwood and Simpson, Steve Roud, the slightly harder Stephen Pollington, Nigel Pennick and Bill Griffiths.

My history heroes include, Richard Holmes, Mark Urban, Michael Wood, Ian Mortimer and David Cordingly.

This joins those heroes of my library.

I love it. thank you doing the research into this as I would not have known where to start.

Oh, start here. Perfect! :)
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By Ruan Harding on 3 Feb. 2015
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One of the most interesting feminist perspectives within mythology for years. Hard to believe it sprang from a thesis. As far as I know it is the only book of its kind so far on the Norns and destined to become a standard text. The forensic approach, given the authors incomparable analysis within the sphere of etymology, opens an optic long overdue on a subject which too frequently suffers as a result of more traditional and comparative mythological methods.
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By R. Bejstrup on 5 Jun. 2015
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I was perfectly happy and will not hesitate to buy from the store again
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Disappointing 6 Mar. 2013
By Lorene Stilwell - Published on Amazon.com
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The book which promised to be the only in depth scholarly study of the Norns available turned out to be a rehashing of information that could be found on a cursory search of the internet. It read more like a thesis and footnotes took up at least a third of the book. It was an expensive disappointment
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Fascinating and scholarly!!! 28 July 2013
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very well written. It is engaging, as well as thorough. It is a fascinating read as well as a good reference book. Definitely worth the price.
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