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: 8543

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: 7595

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: 3776

A Romance of Early Christianity in Norway.

American Craftsmen

A Novel

Author: Tom Doyle

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466834579

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8585

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.

Höhepunkte des mittelalterlichen Erzählens

Heldenlieder, Romane und Novellen in ihrem kulturellen Kontext

Author: Hans Sauer,Gisela Seitschek,Bernhard Teuber

Publisher: Universitatsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825366483


Page: 396

View: 3735

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.

Das Buch der seltsamen neuen Dinge

Author: Michel Faber

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 303699386X

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

View: 7271

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)

Valhalla's Forge

Author: Richard Gable

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1640824502

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

View: 8805

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.


Author: Lafcadio Hearn,Berta Franzos

Publisher: N.A


Category: Folklore

Page: 290

View: 6185

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: 9900

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


Category: Music

Page: 231

View: 676

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

Die Stadt der toten Klingen


Author: Robert Jackson Bennett


ISBN: 3732539814

Category: Fiction

Page: 717

View: 691

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 ...

Realm Of Fantasy

Author: Kyara D`Paul

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 373093323X

Category: Fiction

Page: 391

View: 4447

From Ancient Times come the stories of 5 young women who were born ahead of their times, or were they born too late? The Valkyrie: Kyriana; Odin's youngest daughter is charged to bring a warrior to Valhalla, but his mesmerizing green eyes and youth enchant her into falling in love. Soul Mates: Ryanne fights her own family and their lies to be with the man she has loved forever, across time and pain they must survive to love one another. Knight's Dream: Nicci is enchanted with Micheal of Bourges as they meet at the end of a battle. They must survive lies, betrayals and even their own feelings, but her secrets must be kept at all cost or she may lose the love she has found. Enchanted Secrets: A soldier Indentured to eternal slavery. A young captive who fights all the rules to win his heart and save his soul. Will these two survive the onslaught? Thief of my Heart: Nya's life went from Riches to poverty, forced to work as a companion to elderly sisters she travels to London, meeting the "Cat" a famous Jewel thief. But not all is as it seems. Nya is not the peasant she seems and the "Cat" is not a true thief.