DNA, history and archaeology have shown that the European people, or those of a close enough racial origin, have existed for around 40,000 years, of which Christianity has only been the dominant religion for less than one thousand.
This volume reveals how much influence the Norse Gods have had upon High European culture. The author posits the major stories of the Norse Gods against later European tales and traditions, and shows how many of these stories are linked directly back to traditions inherited from the time of the earlier religion—including some mistakenly thought to be Christian in origin.
Read the most famous stories from the Norse Gods, and of how they directly influenced the legend of Holy Roman Emperor King Barbarossa; Vitellus, Roman Prefect of the lower Rhine; the Cheru sword; the slaying of Atilla the Hun; the legend of the Lorelei of the Rhine; the Rhine Gold; the origin of Yule, and much more.
Myths and stories of the gods—The gods, their worlds and deeds—Odin, Wodan, Wuotan—Frigg, or Freya, and her handmaids—Thor or Thunar—Tyr, Tius or Zio—Heru, Cheru or Saxnot—Heimdal or Riger—Bragi and Iduna—The Wanes, Niörder, Freyer, Freya—Fate, Norns, Hel, Walkyries—Ögir and his companions—Loki—The other gods—The Golden Age—Sin—Iduna’s departure—Baldur’s death—Ögirs banquet—Loki in chains—Ragnarök—Lay of the Norse gods and heroes.
Legends and myths
Creation of the world—Day and Night—Two first human beings—Allfather—Yggdrasil, the World-Ash—The divine kingdom—Influence of Christianity—The Runic language.
The Gods, Their Worlds And Deeds
The Norns—Dwarfs and Elves—Giants—Worlds and heavenly palaces
Opponents Of The Gods
Loki and his kindred—The giants—Muspel and his sons—Surtur
King Gylphi And The Ases
Gefion—Gylphi in Asgard
Odin, Father Of The Gods And Of The Ases
- Wodan, according to the oldest conceptions—The myths of the Wild Hunt and of the Raging Host—The sleeping heroes—The higher conception of Wodan—Odin at Geiröd’s Palace—Odin, the discoverer of the Runes, and god of poetry and of wisdom—The draught of inspiration; Odin’s visit to Gunlöd; Journey to Wafthrudnir—Odin’s descendants.
- Frigg and her maidens—Other goddesses related to Frigg.
iii. Holda, Ostara—Berchta—The White Lady.
- Thor, Thunar (Thunder) —Thor’s deeds and journeys; Making of Miölnir—Journey to Utgard—Duel with Hrungnir—Journey to Hymir—Journey to Thrymheim to get back Miölnir—Journey to Geiröd’s-gard—The Harbard Lay.
- Irmin vi. Tyr or Zio.
vii. Heru or Cheru, Saxnot.
viii. Heimdal, Riger.
- Bragi and Iduna—Giant Thiassi steals Iduna.
- Niörder and Skadi xii. Freyer or Fro— The wonderful Quern Stones—Skirnir’s Journey to Gerda—Young Swendal xiii. Freya, Frea or Frouwa—Freya and the young huntsman—Rerir and his love Helga—Swipdager returns to Menglada’s Castle.
Fate—Legend of Starkad—King Fridleif—The Norns—Hel—The Walkyries—Legend of King Kraki—Dises—Mandrake root.
Ögir And His Followers
Legend of the Lake Maiden—Legend of the Loreley—The Water-Neck.
Loki And His Race
The giant Skrymsli and the peasant—Loki’s progeny—Loki’s race
The Other Ases
Widar—Hermodur the Swift—Wali or Ali, Skeaf—Legend of King Skeaf—Baldur and Hödur—Forseti
Signs Of The Approaching Destruction Of The World
The Golden Age—Sin—Iduna’s departure.
How Wala was conjured up—Loki visits Frigg in the dress of an old woman—Death of Baldur—Hermodur sent to the realm of the shades—Wali appears at Walhalla, and avenges Baldur.
Ögir’s banquet—Loki reviles the gods—Loki flees, is captured and put in chains—The faithful Sigyn.
Ragnarök, The Twilight Of The Gods
The Fimbul-Winter—The Last Battle—Surtur flings his fire-brands over the nine worlds—Renewal of the World—Lifand Lifthrasir—The Field of Ida—The Lay of Wala