After the Bronze Age: Birds by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

Source: ‘Part II: After the Bronze Age,’ Chariot of the Sun and Other Rites and Symbols of the Northern Bronze Age, 1969, pp. 174-176. The bird costumes of the Bronze Age are echoed in traditions of the later heathen period. The water birds, swans, ducks and geese, who are associated in the Bronze Age with … Continue reading After the Bronze Age: Birds by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

After the Bronze Age: The Stag by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

Source: ‘Part II: After the Bronze Age,’ Chariot of the Sun and Other Rites and Symbols of the Northern Bronze Age, 1969, pp. 172-174.   The stag was of great importance among the Celtic peoples in the Roman period, and appears in a prominent position on the Gundestrup bowl, with a god-like figure thought to … Continue reading After the Bronze Age: The Stag by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

Thor’s Hammer by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1965)

Even in our sophisticated, urban civilization, we can still feel something of the terror and marvel of a thunderstorm. 'That is God's voice speaking', I was solemnly told by my grandmother when I was a small child. When the thunder breaks, as it seems, directly overhead, it is either an inspiring or an intimidating experience, … Continue reading Thor’s Hammer by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1965)

The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature by Hilda Roderick Ellis (1943)

Originally published in 1943, this book was written using a variety of evidence from archaeology and literature concerning Norse funeral customs to reconstruct their conception of future life, the soul of man, the cult of the dead, and the journey to the land of the dead. The text is notable as one of the first … Continue reading The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature by Hilda Roderick Ellis (1943)

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