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5.0 out of 5 stars More than I bargained for..., 14 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Exploring the Northern Tradition: A Guide to the Gods, Lore, Rites, and Celebrations from the Norse, German, and Anglo-Saxon Traditions (Paperback)
I realise that I didn't read the description properly before ordering this volume. I'm embarking (as a pure dilettant) on a course of reading to a/ Rediscover the magic of the Grimm's German Legends that I read enthralled very young, in a 19thC English edition (long gone, and I can't find an affordable translation). The Northern Gods offer a taste of Proust's madeleines for me! b/ Acquire a simple reference basis to tie together the various cultural manifestations of these legends, from Wagner's Ring to Tolkien (I'm a fan of both).

As a reference guide, one could do far worse for one's money, the Gods and events are succinctly but well described; a useful starting point indeed before going on to the more substantial works available.

I didn't however count on the promotion of Heathenry that the book offers (mentioned in the Amazon description). Neither insiduous nor obsessive, however, and indeed presented in a quite interesting and intelligent manner (although my religious attachment is firmly elsewhere).

So, no regrets, this is a book I will read and return to.

Technically, full marks to the publisher, a well-made volume for its category.
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