Scandinavian Mythology: Introduction by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

Source: Viking and Norse Mythology, pp. 6-15 We tend to think of Scandinavian mythology as the beliefs of the Vikings, those tough adventurers who were the scourge of Christian lands in the ninth and tenth centuries, whose ships sailed all the seas of the known world, and who left traces of their activities from Greenland to the … Continue reading Scandinavian Mythology: Introduction by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

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 Horse 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. 167-172. The horse continues to be a symbol of great religious significance throughout the pagan period. Once more there is a dearth of evidence in the centuries following the Bronze Age, and … Continue reading After the Bronze Age: The Horse 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)

Reviews of “Gods and Myths of Northern Europe” by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

THIS survey of the Nordic pagan gods and their mythology in the Scandinavian countries derived from the literary and archaeological sources constitutes a very useful and illuminating introduction to Professor Turville-Petre's recent volume on Myths and Religion of the North. For some time a quantity of evidence has been accumulating in this field with the … Continue reading Reviews of “Gods and Myths of Northern Europe” by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

The Sword at the Wedding by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1960)

FROM the close of the Roman period in North-western Europe, the long two-edged sword was the weapon of princes and adventurers, the warrior's most cherished possession which must always be ready to hand. The sword was carried by kings and leaders and given out by them to their followers in return for service in battle, … Continue reading The Sword at the Wedding by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1960)

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)