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)

Loki in Scandinavian Mythology by Anna Birgitta Rooth, reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1962)

LOKI is one of the most puzzling figures in Scandinavian mythology. Was he originally god, giant, dwarf, the embodiment of evil, a fire or water spirit, or, as scholars are now inclined to think, a being resembling the Trickster in North American Indian folktales? Out of the many books attempting to find an answer, one … Continue reading Loki in Scandinavian Mythology by Anna Birgitta Rooth, reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1962)

Gods and Heroes in Stone by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1950)

To seek for illustrations of the legends and myths of the pagan past carved on the memorial stones and crosses of Anglo-Saxon is to embark on a subject which has provided wilder flights of interpretative fancy than perhaps any branch of Anglo-Saxon studies. On such a topic thought is indeed free, and the vague, often … Continue reading Gods and Heroes in Stone by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1950)

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