Our Fathers' Godsaga: Retold for the Young

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iUniverse, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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An epic introduction to Norse mythology for students of all ages.

Based on the research of the 19th century Swedish poet and scholar, Viktor Rydberg, Our Fathers' Godsaga retells the mythology of Northern Europe in chronological order from Creation to Ragnarök.

These are tales told by Vikings, epic tales of gods and giants, elves and dwarves, and of how their interaction and wars affect the first generations of human beings in the North. Based on a comprehensive examination of the source material, including the Icelandic Eddas and Sagas, this is likely the way Germanic mythology looked at the end of the heathen era.

Many will recognize themes found here in J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion, particularly the tale of the elf-smith Völund and his quest for revenge against the Aesir, first detailed by Rydberg in his comprehensive Investigations into Germanic Mythology, 1886.

This is an original translation of Viktor Rydberg's Fädernas Gudasaga, his own retelling of the complete Norse mythic epic, first published in 1887, and many times since. The text includes a complete catalog of mythic names & the original artwork, from the 1911 German translation, by renowned children's artist John Bauer (1882-1918).

This classic Swedish text appears in English now for the first time.

 

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Contents

THE WORLDS CREATION
1
The Primal Beings
2
The Underworld Bors Sons The Primeval Artists Odins SelfSacrifice
3
The Destruction of the FrostGiants The Outpost by Hvergelmir
4
The Creation of the World Continues
5
The WorldMill
7
The Creation of the World Concluded
9
THE PRIMEVAL AGE OF PEACE
11
The Attempt to Appease Völund The Flight of Ivaldis Sons
57
The First FimbulWinter The Children in the Fields of Immortality Völunds Sword of Revenge
61
Loki lures Idun from Asgard
63
BaldurDead
65
The Climax of the FimbulWinter The Migration of Tribes from the North SkjöldBorgar and Halfdan
70
Völunds Later Fate and Death
75
OdSvipdag and Freyja
79
Wake Groa Wake Mother
81

The Creation of Man
13
Heimdall the Culture Bringer
14
Heimdalls Holy Runes
17
TheAesir
18
Thor and Egils Friendship The Ivaldi Family
26
Cover Art by August Malmström 18291901
28
THE AGE OF SIN AND DISCORD
29
The Giants Want to Test Thors Strength
31
Thors Journey to the Giant Hymir
35
Thors Campaign against the Giant Geirrod
39
Thors Hammer Stolen
42
How Asgard Got Its Wall and Odin his Horse
44
Competition Between the Primeval Smiths
46
The Iron Hammer Proven
47
Odin rides out to test Sleipnir
49
The Mead in Byrgirs Well Odin at Fjalars
52
The Judgment on Völunds Artwork
56
Halfdans Campaign to the North Egils Death
87
Svipdag Obtains the Sword of Revenge Halfdans Death
91
Svipdag Comes to Asgard His Journey to Baldur
96
Freyja greets Svipdag
99
Frey Proposes to Gerd
102
The Break Between the Aesir and the Vanir
109
The World War The Vanir Take Asgard
112
The World War in Midgard Haddings Adventures as a Youth
118
The End of the World War
125
Freyja with Svipdag on Singastein
131
The Norns The Judgment on the Dead The Places of Bliss and Punishment
141
Mound Dwellers
148
Ragnarök The Regeneration of the World
150
Odin speaks with Mimirs Head
153
Catalogue of Mythological Names with Supplemental Information
157
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