Norns in Old Norse Mythology
Dunedin Academic Press Ltd, 5. 12. 2013 - Počet stran: 224
The nornir or norns were a group of female supernatural beings closely related to ideas about fate in Old Norse tradition. Karen Bek-Pedersen provides a thorough understanding of the role played by norns and other beings like them in the relevant sources. Although they are well known, even to people who have only a superficial knowledge of Old Norse mythology, this is the first detailed discussion of the norns to be published amongst the literature dealing with Old Norse beliefs. Surprisingly little has been written specifically about the norns. Although often mentioned in scholarship treating Old Norse culture, the norns are all too often dealt with in overly superficial ways. The research presented in this book goes much deeper in order to properly understand the nature and role of the norns in the Old Norse world view. The conclusions reached by the author overturn a number of stereotypical conceptions that have long dominated our understanding of these beings. The book has a natural focus on Old Norse culture and is especially relevant to those interested in or studying Old Norse culture and tradition. However, comparative material from Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Classical traditions is also employed and the book is therefore of interest also to those with a broader interest in European mythologies.
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Baldr battle Bek-Pedersen Brynhildr Christian concept of fate connection Darraðarljóð death described discussion dísir dyngja Edda eddic eigi etymological Fáfnismál fate-as-textile female supernatural feminine figures Frigg Frtz fylgjur Gísli goddess Grímnismál Guðrún Guðrúnarkviða Guðrúnarkviða II Gunnlǫð Gylfaginning Hallfreðr Hamðismál Hauksbók Hávamál heathen heiti Helgakviða Hundingsbana honour human Iceland idea indicate interpretation Íslendingasögur íslenzka Jón kenning Konungsbók lausavísa lǫg magic McKinnell meaning men’s mentioned metaphor meyiar Mímir mother mythology Njáls norn norna Norna-Gests þáttr nornir Óðinn Old English Old Norse Old Norse tradition ørlǫg phrase poem portrayed recalls refer Reykjavík saga says Scandinavia seems semantic content Sigrdrífumál Sigurðr Simek similar skaldic poetry Skáldskaparmál skǫp Skuld Snorra-Edda Snorri Sturluson sources spinning stanza story supernatural women term textile threads three nornir translation Urðar Urðarbrunnr Urðr valkyrja valkyrjur verb Verðandi vǫlur Vǫluspá vǫlva weaving whereas woman words wyrd þat þáttr þulur