Teutonic Mythology, Volume 2

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Dover Publications, 2004 - Social Science - 1887 pages
This series is the most exhaustive compendium of German and Norse mythology and a milestone in the study of comparative mythology and religion. Volume II of the four-volume set includes: Wights and Elves, Giants, Creation, Trees and Animals, Sky and Stars, Day and Night, Summer and Winter, Time and World, Souls, Death, more.

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The ultimate in research for Germanic religion. There are many places where it is somewhat difficult going but if one works there way through it is a gold mine of information. Nothing like it, in the amount of area and indepthness, exists anywhere today. Read full review

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User Review  - Loptsson - LibraryThing

The ultimate in research for Germanic religion. There are many places where it is somewhat difficult going but if one works there way through it is a gold mine of information. Nothing like it, in the amount of area and indepthness, exists anywhere today. Read full review

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Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, their collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15). The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences.- Jacob, who studied for a time in Paris, was fascinated with variant spellings of older words. He articulated "Grimm's Law," the rules of which are still used today to determine correspondences between the consonants of German and languages in the Indo-European family. Jacob was bolder and more experimental than Wilhelm, and was rumored to be a lively dancer. Throughout his life, Jacob kept rigidly to schedule and could be extremely focused on work that demanded close attention to detail. He never married, but was a loving uncle to Wilhelm's children. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

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