Echoes of Valhalla

The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas

Author: Jón Karl Helgason

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780237731

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 5107

Tolkien’s wizard Gandalf, Wagner’s Valkyrie Brünnhilde, Marvel’s superhero the Mighty Thor, the warrior heading for Valhalla in Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” and Donald Crisp’s portrayal of Leif Eriksson in the classic film The Viking—these are just a few examples of how Icelandic medieval literature has shaped human imagination during the past 150 years. Echoes of Valhalla is a unique look at modern adaptations of the Icelandic eddas (poems of Norse mythology) and sagas (ancient prose accounts of Viking history, voyages, and battles) across an astonishing breadth of art forms. Jón Karl Helgason looks at comic books, plays, travel books, music, and films in order to explore the reincarnations of a range of legendary characters, from the Nordic gods Thor and Odin to the saga characters Hallgerd Long-legs, Gunnar of Hlidarendi, and Leif the Lucky. Roaming the globe, Helgason unearths echoes of Nordic lore in Scandinavia, Britain, America, Germany, Italy, and Japan. He examines the comic work of Jack Kirby and cartoon work of Peter Madsen; reads the plays of Henrik Ibsen and Gordon Bottomley; engages thought travelogues by Frederick Metcalfe and Poul Vad; listens to the music of Richard Wagner, Edward Elgar, and the metal band Manowar; and watches films by directors such as Roy William Neill and Richard Fleischer, outlining the presence of the eddas and sagas in these nineteenth- and twentieth-century works. Altogether, Echoes of Valhalla tells the remarkable story of how disparate, age-old poetry and prose originally recorded in remote areas of medieval Iceland have come to be a part of our shared cultural experience today—how Nordic gods and saga heroes have survived and how their colorful cast of characters and adventures they went on are as vibrant as ever.

Shades of Valhalla - Inner Origins Book One

Author: Ellis Logan

Publisher: Earth Lodge via PublishDrive

ISBN: 194439611X

Category: Fiction

Page: 357

View: 5012

Magic. Mayhem. One girl to save the world, or end it... Siri Alvarsson is thrust into an unseen war between the Light and the Dark and a world she never even knew existed. She's having strange visions and the Dark wants to use her as an instrument to win the war. The futures of both humanity and fae depend on Siri. Will she choose the Light or the Dark? Experience Siri's struggle and triumph while she learns to follow her heart and discovers her true, inner origins. Ellis Logan’s bestselling paranormal fantasy series, Inner Origins, is action-packed with magic and romance. The books combine Celtic and Norse myth with ancient Faerie legend to create an adventure you’ll never forget. If you liked Mortal Instruments, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Relentless, or A Court of Thorns and Roses, you'll love Shades of Valhalla. Suitable for ages 13 to 105.

The Star of Valhalla

A Romance of Early Christianity in Norway

Author: Myra Gross,Archie Gunn

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1434404633

Category: Fiction

Page: 374

View: 4649

A Romance of Early Christianity in Norway.

American Craftsmen

A Novel

Author: Tom Doyle

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466834579

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 547

In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don't kill each other first. US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a "craftsman." After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them. Dale uncovers treason in the Pentagon's highest covert ranks. He hunts for his enemies before they can murder him and Scherie, a new friend who knows nothing of his magic. Endicott pursues Dale, divided between his duty to capture a rogue soldier and his desire to protect Dale from his would-be assassins. They will discover that the demonic horrors that have corrupted American magic are not bound by family or even death itself. In Tom Doyle's thrilling debut, American Craftsmen, Seal Team Six meets ancient magic--with the fate of the United States hanging in the balance . . . The American Craft Trilogy #1 American Craftsmen #2 The Left-Hand Way #3 War and Craft At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Im toten Winkel

Tagebuch eines jungen US-Soldaten

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838706773

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9026

Nach dem 11. September 2001 meldet sich der junge Amerikaner Robin Perry freiwillig zum Einsatz im Irak. Seine Einheit für Civil Affairs soll das Vertrauen der Einheimischen gewinnen. Doch die Realität des Krieges sieht anders aus, eine Unterscheidung zwischen Freund und Feind ist kaum möglich. Robin und seinen Kameraden bleiben oft nur Sekunden, um über Leben und Tod zu entscheiden...

Höhepunkte des mittelalterlichen Erzählens

Heldenlieder, Romane und Novellen in ihrem kulturellen Kontext

Author: Hans Sauer,Gisela Seitschek,Bernhard Teuber

Publisher: Universitatsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825366483

Category:

Page: 396

View: 3665

Das europaische Mittelalter umfasst nach gelaufiger Auffassung die Jahre zwischen ungefahr 500 und 1500. Der vorliegende Band bietet anhand von Einzeldarstellungen einen Uberblick uber die Vielfalt der mittelalterlichen Gattungen und Sprachen. Uberliefert sind zum Beispiel Heldenlieder, Epen, Romane und Novellen, aber auch Sonderformen wie der altirische 'Rinderraub' oder die islandischen Sagas, wobei die Grenzen zwischen den Gattungen oft fliessend sind. Wahrend Latein einen uberregionalen Status besass, waren die volkssprachlichen Werke starker an geographische Territorien und Kulturraume gebunden, erlangten aber nicht selten ebenfalls weite Verbreitung wie zum Beispiel die Geschichten um Konig Artus und seine Tafelrunde. Im Band sind prominente Texte aus zahlreichen europaischen Landern und der Turkei vertreten. Erganzend kommen zwei Beispiele aus der chinesischen und japanischen Erzahltradition hinzu, die neben dem turkischen Beitrag exemplarisch fur den aussereuropaischen Bereich stehen.

Kokoro

Einblicke in das Innenleben Japans

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3743716968

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 2351

Lafcadio Hearn: Kokoro. Einblicke in das Innenleben Japans »Kokoro. Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life«. Erstdruck: London, Gay and Bird, 1895. Hier in der deutschen Übersetzung von Berta Franzos, Frankfurt a.M., Rütten und Loening, 1905. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2017. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Emil Orlik, Mädchen unter Weiden, 1901. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.

Valhalla's Forge

Author: Richard Gable

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1640824502

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

View: 9414

Var-Tog, Kryton, Sondergaard, and Aldora, knights newly graduated from the Dragon’s Gauntlet, have found themselves on quest within days after their graduation. Having left the elite training grounds of the Knight Marshals on their way to their first duty station at Fort Holdfast, they encounter a horrendous reptilian creature that seems to be unaffected by sword, ax, or spell. Ignoring all attempts to stop it, the creature seems bent on completing a quest of its own. Now the knights must find the legendary dwarven artifact, the Valhalla’s Forge, with only an ancient poem for their clue, and actually make the weapons necessary to defeat the creature before further disaster befalls the countryside.

Das Buch der seltsamen neuen Dinge

Author: Michel Faber

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 303699386X

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

View: 8450

Ich bin bei dir alle Tage bis ans Ende der Welt. Der junge Pastor Peter Leigh wird auf die Reise seines Lebens geschickt - nur darf seine Frau Bea ihn nicht begleiten. Um in Kontakt zu bleiben, schicken sie sich Briefe. Doch nie zuvor in der Geschichte der Menschheit musste eine Liebe eine derart große Distanz überbrücken. "Der bewegendste Abschiedsroman, den ich je gelesen habe." Clemens J. Setz (Indigo) "Ein Meisterwerk - wahnsinnig fesselnd." David Mitchell (Der Wolkenatlas) "Der Roman ist ein einziges Wunder." Yann Martel (Schiffbruch mit Tiger) "Verzweifelnd schön, traurig und unvergesslich." David Benioff (Game of Thrones)

From Asgard to Valhalla

The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths

Author: Heather O'Donoghue

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857730436

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 3981

Whether they focus on Thor's powerful hammer, the wailing Valkyrie, the palatial home of the gods - Asgard - or ravenous wolves and fierce elemental giants, the Norse myths are packed with rowdy incident. But at the centre of their cosmos stands a gnarled old ash tree, Yggdrasil, from which all distances and times are measured. When the old tree creaks, Ragnarok - the end of the world and of the gods themselves - is at hand. It is from this tree that Odin, father of the gods, hanged himself in search of the wisdom of the dead: a disturbing image of divine sacrifice far removed from the feasting and fighting of his otherworld home, Valhalla. And an image so problematic for thirteenth century Christians that they left it out when they wrote the myths down. From Asgard to Valhalla is the first book to show how and why the Norse myths have so powerfully resonated from era to era: from Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; and from Wagner's Ring to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor. Heather O'Donoghue, who is an expert on Old Norse culture, shows in what ways the Norse myths have impacted on the western mind, across the fields of literature, art, music and politics. She considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present. From Asgard to Valhalla is a book that will intrigue and delight anyone who is keen to understand how the Norse myths have so profoundly shaped, and continue to shape, the western cultural heritage.

The Genius of Valhalla

The Life of Reginald Goodall

Author: John Lucas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 231

View: 9825

The life of enigmatic Wagner conductor, Reginald Goodall, by the author of the acclaimed Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music, newly available in paperback.

Erinnern und Erzählen im frühen Mittelalter

Überlegungen zum althochdeutsch-lateinischen Modus ,De Heinrico'

Author: Uta Goerlitz

Publisher: Universitatsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825365400

Category:

Page: 111

View: 1323

Das althochdeutsch-lateinische Lied 'De Heinrico', das in der beruhmten Cambridger Liedersammlung uberliefert ist, stellt ein herausragendes Beispiel volkssprachiger Hofdichtung in der Literaturperiode der Ottonen im 10. und fruhen 11. Jahrhundert dar. Die dominant germanistische Forschung hat den Modus bisher fast ausschliesslich aus historisch-philologischer Perspektive untersucht. Wesentliche Punkte, die auch bereits die Ebene der sprachlichen Verfasstheit des Textes betreffen, sind dabei unklar geblieben. Weiter fuhrt demgegenuber erst die Kombination mit neueren literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Ansatzen, wie sie in dieser Monographie systematisch vorgenommen wird. Sie lasst 'De Heinrico' in einem teils uberraschend neuen Licht erscheinen, in dem unter anderem die bisher in wesentlicher Hinsicht verkannten quasi-liturgischen Bezuge des Liedes deutlich werden. Insgesamt wird das mosaikartige Bild der literaturgeschichtlichen Forschung zu den Formen, Inhalten und Kontexten erinnernden Erzahlens im fruhen Mittelalter um eine wichtige Dimension bereichert, die auch interdisziplinar Relevanz besitzt.

Zwischen mir und der Welt

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446251952

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 9761

Wenn in den USA schwarze Teenager von Polizisten ermordet werden, ist das nur ein Problem von individueller Verfehlung? Nein, denn rassistische Gewalt ist fest eingewebt in die amerikanische Identität – sie ist das, worauf das Land gebaut ist. Afroamerikaner besorgten als Sklaven seinen Reichtum und sterben als freie Bürger auf seinen Straßen. In seinem schmerzhaften, leidenschaftlichen Manifest verdichtet Ta-Nehisi Coates amerikanische und persönliche Geschichte zu einem Appell an sein Land, sich endlich seiner Vergangenheit zu stellen. Sein Buch wurde in den USA zum Nr.-1-Bestseller und ist schon jetzt ein Klassiker, auf den sich zukünftig alle Debatten um Rassismus beziehen werden.

Die Stadt der toten Klingen

Roman

Author: Robert Jackson Bennett

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732539814

Category: Fiction

Page: 717

View: 852

Einst war die Stadt Voortyashtan der Sitz von Voortya, der Göttin des Krieges und Todes. Heute ist die Göttin tot, die alte Stadt im Meer versunken, auf ihren Ruinen wurde eine neue erbaut. Als dort eine Geheimagentin spurlos verschwindet, wird Turyin Mulagesh, Generalin a. D., ausgesandt, die heikle Angelegenheit zu untersuchen. Die kriegsmüde Soldatin zweifelt daran, dass sie noch das Zeug zur Heldin hat, doch sie hat keine Wahl. Denn sie stößt auf ein Geheimnis, das die Welt für immer zerstören könnte ...

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Author: Gail Ashton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144116068X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 6305

With contributions from 29 leading international scholars, this is the first single-volume guide to the appropriation of medieval texts in contemporary culture. Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture covers a comprehensive range of media, including literature, film, TV, comics book adaptations, electronic media, performances, and commercial merchandise and tourism. Its lively chapters range from Spamalot to the RSC, Beowulf to Merlin, computer games to internet memes, opera to Young Adult fiction and contemporary poetry, and much more. Also included is a companion website aimed at general readers, academics, and students interested in the burgeoning field of Medieval afterlives, complete with: - Further reading/weblinks - 'My favourite' guides to contemporary medieval appropriations - Images and interviews - Guide to library archives and manuscript collections - Guide to heritage collection See also our website at https://medievalafterlives.wordpress.com/.

Darkening Scandinavia

Four Postmodern Pagan Essays

Author: Francisc-Norbert Örmény

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443854255

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 165

View: 7635

Darkening Scandinavia attempts to reveal, in a philosophical and poetical key, the profound and unique existential, aesthetic and phenomenological intuitions to which the metal bands Lake of Tears, from Sweden, and Burzum, from Norway, the visionary Danish cinematic team consisting of the director Nicolas Winding Refn and the actor Mads Mikkelsen, and the charmingly-evasive Norwegian writer Per Petterson, have managed to give deeply-moving dark expressions. The book is a post-modern Heideggerian meditation on what could constitute the true nature of the Northern Darkness – written with a capital D – and on the incredibly visceral prevalence of the primordial Void in the Nordic soulscapes, a propensity signalled by means of phantasmagorical and allegorical projections. The author of the these four essays assumes the role of not only an interpreter, but also as a continuator of the philosophical messages, of the phenomenological intuitions and of the aesthetic catalysts present in the texts of the four analyzed subjects. By addressing in an academic, inter- and trans-disciplinary ahistorical manner some of today’s mysterious canonic niches, the book cultivates a healthy intellectual curiosity and a special sense of theoretical escapism.