Norse Mythology: Modern Thought and the Arts

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Norse Mythology: Modern Thought and the Arts Odin, Thor, Frey and Loki. Ancient gods of the people of the North. Gods worshipped by centuries whose power faded away with the arrival of the Christian God to Scandinavia. Or did not? Did they remain? These pagan gods and the stories around them have influenced the artistic minds of the last few centuries. Be it Wagner, be it Tolkein, be it a Heavy Metal musician, or even the storyline writers from Bungie Game Studios, Norse Mythology is alive in modern society. History: What is Norse Mythology? The Norse, ancient people of what today is Scandinavia and Iceland, explained, as many other people of the time, the phenomena of nature through stories of Gods and goddesses, backing them with values such as valor, humor and heroism. (Osborne vi-vii) A myth is defined as the effort of primitive people to explain the mysteries of life, including existence itself. (Daly ix) Norse Mythology is the collection of these explanations. Although the Norse all throughout Scandinavia believed in the same gods, one same doctrine would not always be practiced to praise them. (“Norse Mythology” Wikipedia) All the information we currently have on the beliefs of the Norse are based on collections of writings that date times after the Christianization of Scandinavia, the Middle Ages more precisely. (“Norse Mythology” Wikipedia, Osborne vi) These writings are the Icelandic Eddas: the Poetic or Elder Edda and the Prose or Younger Edda, compilations done by the historian Snorri Sturluson in the 13th Century, together with Heimskringla and the Danish Gesta Danorum by the medieval historian Saxo Grammaticus. (“Norse Mythology” Wikipedia, Osborne vi, “Norse Mythology” Encyclopedia Mythica) It is well known that the Norse had polytheistic religious beliefs. Among their gods were the wise Odin, who gave an eye for drinking from the well
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