The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 1: How Northumbria Began]

To the Reader This book is the story of how Christianity came to Northumbria. It tells you why we call the time of King Edwin and the kings who came after him the Golden Age. all the people mentioned in it really lived, and all the facts are based either on early records and books … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 1: How Northumbria Began]

Weland the Smith by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1958)

  WHEN King Alfred was translating Boethius from Latin into Anglo-Saxon and reached the phrase 'the bones of the faithful Fabricius', his mind seems to have jumped from the hero's name to the Latin word faber, 'smith', and from there again to the name which for him stood for the most famous of smiths, Weland. … Continue reading Weland the Smith by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1958)

The Hoard of the Nibelungs by Hilda R. Ellis (1942)

The story of young Sigurðr the Völsung, who first won fame by his slaying of a dragon and by this means gained possession of a splendid treasure hoard, was one well known in northern Europe at the close of the Viking Age, and a favourite subject with the artists of that time who worked in … Continue reading The Hoard of the Nibelungs by Hilda R. Ellis (1942)

Fostering by Giants in Old Norse Saga Literature by Hilda R. Ellis (1941) 1

  A study of the part played by giants and giantesses in the Fornaldar Sögur reveals an interesting motif, which reappears in a number of stories, and which I think deserves closer study. It will be seen that it does not depend merely on similarity of plot in different tales, and is indeed in many … Continue reading Fostering by Giants in Old Norse Saga Literature by Hilda R. Ellis (1941) 1