Myth in Early Northwest Europe

Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (ASMAR), Vol. 21

Myth in Early Northwest Europe

By Stephen O. Glosecki
2007 | 338 + xlii pp. | 8 ills. | 978-0-86698-365-5 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 320 | $47 | €55

This collection of fifteen essays by distinguished scholars addresses a formative era in Northwest Europe, in the period around 500-1000 AD. Myth in Early Northwest Europe examines the confrontation of classical, biblical, Celtic, and Germanic cultures and how they interplay during the Carolingian and Viking periods. It shows how Christian and native religions engaged with each other. The studies deal with current myth theory and analyze myths embedded within Old Norse, Old English, and other Germanic literatures from, or set in, this era. Myths and mythology from early-medieval Northwest Europe remain influential through the works of Tolkein and contemporary self-realization movements; this volume offers readers the latest research by many of the world’s leading scholars in this field.