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Elorenalory
01-02-2014, 05:26 PM
Started doing world building for a series of short stories, and it looks like my world has a lot of parallels with Norse mythology. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the subject is rather rusty.

Can anyone point me towards good reference sites or books on the subject? Mythology, vikings, etc.

Thanks :Hug2:

King Neptune
01-02-2014, 05:50 PM
Searching on google will get you more than you want, but not all is good. A good starting point in the Elder Edda, but there are many other sources.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetic_Edda

benbenberi
01-02-2014, 05:52 PM
You mean something like http://norse-mythology.org?

Or the Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norse_mythology), which has lots of references to follow up?

Elorenalory
01-02-2014, 06:01 PM
You mean something like http://norse-mythology.org?

Or the Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norse_mythology), which has lots of references to follow up?

Thank you, I don't always trust the Wiki, but the first link looks promising.

Alessandra Kelley
01-02-2014, 06:02 PM
Seconding the Elder Edda. It should be available in translation in inexpensive paperback.

benbenberi
01-02-2014, 07:53 PM
Thank you, I don't always trust the Wiki, but the first link looks promising.

Wiki articles may or may not be reliable, but the references attached to them can be very useful when you're getting started with a topic.


Seconding the Elder Edda. It should be available in translation in inexpensive paperback.

The vast majority of what we know about Norse mythology that doesn't come from archaeology comes from Snorri's Edda, so strong thirding this rec!

Maythe
01-02-2014, 09:53 PM
In addition to Beowulf, the Eddas and Sagas I'd suggest A Dictionary of Norse Mythology by Rudolf Simek and the various books on the topic by H.R.E Davidson. I would go and rummage my books for further recs but they're piled up packed in boxes.

Speaking as a Heathen, be very wary of material aimed at Heathens.

blacbird
01-03-2014, 12:06 AM
Thomas Bulfinch, who produced famous detailed summaries of Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, also did Norse myths and those of numerous other cultures. Goooooogling will get you there right quicklike.

caw

Weirdmage
01-03-2014, 06:46 AM
You'll find most of the primary(-ish, it's written several hundred years later in most cases) texts available in different e-book formats on http://gutenberg.org -Search for "edda" and "saga", and I think you'll find most of it.
For scholarly articles, I recommend this page (http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/)from The Viking Society for Northern Research. Actually I think the links there should cover almost everything anyone needs to know about the Vikings.

Medievalist
01-03-2014, 07:29 AM
Thomas Bulfinch, who produced famous detailed summaries of Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, also did Norse myths and those of numerous other cultures. Goooooogling will get you there right quicklike.

caw

Bulfinch's versions of Norse myth are not reliable, at all.

Look for modern translations published by Penguin or Oxford Classics, or UC Press, in particular.