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The Gods of the Vikings - Exploring the Norse Gods, Myths and Legends through the Days of the Week Paperback – 26 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (26 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905297440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905297443
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,420,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emily Carding (Cornwall, United Kingdom) is an author, priestess, and artist. An initiate of Alexandrian Wicca and a member of the Starstone network, Carding has been working with inner world Faery contacts since childhood. She has been trained in techniques of Celtic shamanism by John and Caitlin Matthews, and has worked with renowned Faery teachers R. J. Stewart and Brian and Wendy Froud. A respected and active member of the Faery and Tarot community worldwide, Carding's work has received international recognition. Visit her online at ChildOfAvalon.com.


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This is a very full account of all the Norse myths, with comparisons between the Norse myths, the Bible stories and various Indian myths, with explanations of how the days of the week got their names. I don't much like her calling the Bible stories myths because I don't think all of them are - otherwise I'd give it five stars.
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Sometimes it can be difficult to find information collected together in an easily accessible form regarding the Norse Gods, yet these particular deities need to be considered and studied in relation to each other. Their relationships are complex to say the least, and the intricate weaving of meaning into their forms directly from Scandinavian culture needs to be highlighted more often than it is.

In "The Gods of the Vikings" Marion Pearce has done a good job of providing this. Using the days of the week as the context and structure of the book, she examines the Norse Gods, their myths, their worship in ancient times, their meaning for the Scandinavians, and also what they mean for today's Asatru worshiper. The first section of the book looks at the days of the week themselves, providing an excellent background full of interesting information about how the days got their names, when, and where. It also touches upon subjects such as hours and calendars in the ancient world, which proved fascinating reading! Part 2, "Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Christian Worldviews" offers the reader the cultural contexts that these deities are found in, including the relationship and interplay between Pagan and Christian in that era. I was delighted to read this section, as I often find books on mythology completely ignoring the cultural contexts. Part 3 takes us through some of the eschatological and chronological ideas and beliefs held by the Norse, including Ragnarok and ideas of the beginning of the world. Again, this served to provide context, but also gives the reader an idea of how the Scandinavians viewed time and how their Gods fit into that chronological universe.

Part 4 is the main bulk of the book, and explores the myths and personalities of the Norse deities through the days of the week.
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This is a very dry book which would be used a lot better as a reference book than as a book to read in one go, which is what I did.

It is split into various sections including the days of the week, beginnings and endings, Norse Gods and myths and Pagan/Saxon/Norse Festivals.

Although this book is very informative and interesting in places, I do get the feeling that this was more of a case of "fascination of the horrible" as Marion Pearce is full of adjectives like - gruesome, horrible, harsh, abhorrent, gory, repugnant, bloodthirsty, sadistic. To be fair, in our age of health & safety, most practices from the past could be referred to in that manner!

Interesting enough but not one I will be keeping.
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This was the first book I got by this aurthor. Once I started reading I was truly enthralled, I couldn't turn the pages quick enough as the main characters sprang to life , like they were actual friends. I have now read all seven books in this series and can't wait for the next.
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