Irish, Welsh, & Norse Legends

Explaining the World Through Mythology: Tales of Far-Away Lands and Long-Ago Times

Presented by Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30pm
Southeast Regional Library - Gilbert
775 N. Greenfield Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234
Free and open to the public

The early shamanistic mythologies of Northern Europe demonstrate a closeness to the natural world, and its enchantments that fades later during the High Middle Ages. Irish, Welsh, and Scandinavian mythologies, while having starkly different characters, share the concept of a world in which gods and goddesses themselves struggle with the forces of the universe. Magic as an ethical tool from Thor’s hammer, Freya’s ring, and the Bifrost rainbow, from the Irish cauldron of poetic inspiration to its later incarnations as the Holy Grail, and the flower women of the Welsh epic the Mabinogeon, describe a world in which the supernatural and the “real” are twin aspects of one constantly shifting reality. Ireland as a meeting point for Norse and Celtic culture, Wales’ Arthurian cycle, and Norse legends in the New World, will all be discussed.