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Author Nordvig, Mathias.

Title Volcanoes in Old Norse mythology : myth and environment in early Iceland / by Mathias Nordvig.

Publication Info. Leeds : Arc Humanities Press, 2021.

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (172 pages)
Series ARC - Borderlines
Borderlines (Leeds, England)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Volcanoes in Old Norse Mythology' details how Viking Age Icelanders, migrating from Scandinavia to a new and volcanically active environment, used Old Norse mythology to understand and negotiate the hazards of the island. These pre-Christian myths recorded in medieval Iceland expound an indigenous Icelandic theory on volcanism that revolves around the activities of supernatural beings, such as the fire-demon Surtr and the gods Odin and Thor. Before the Icelanders were introduced to Christianity and its teachings, they formulated an indigenous theory of volcanism on basis of their traditional mythology much like other indigenous peoples across the world.0.
Contents Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. Old Norse Mythology between Environment and Literature -- Chapter 2. An Indigenous Theory of Volcanism in Iceland -- Chapter 3. Volcanism in Old Norse Cosmogony -- Chapter 4. Volcanoes in the Social Order of Old Norse Mythology -- Chapter 5. Volcanoes as a Cosmological Principle in Old Norse Mythology -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Subject Volcanoes -- Iceland -- History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
ISBN 9781641892933 (electronic bk.)
1641892935 (electronic bk.)