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)

Folklore and Man’s Past by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1963)

We realize now that folklore is not merely a study of survival - fossilized pieces of quaint tradition from a hypothetical past. Yet it does provide a link with the past, and as a student of early literature, archaeology and religion, this is the aspect of folklore studies with which I am most concerned. What … Continue reading Folklore and Man’s Past by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1963)

Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

Review by: J.D.A. Ogilvy Source: The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Oct., 1962), pp. 908-909 Besides archaeology and documents ranging from wills to epic poetry, this book draws upon modern knowledge of metallurgy and on contemporary experiments in producing pattern-welded swords. Although it deals chiefly with English swords, it contains … Continue reading Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 5: Cuthbert, Servant of God]

When good old bishop Aidan died, there was a young man watching his sheep on the hills up in the north. As he lay there with his sleeping companions, he seemed to see a great light, and angels coming down to earth to welcome a new spirit into the kingdom of God. the morning after … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 5: Cuthbert, Servant of God]

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 Hill of the Dragon: Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds in Literature and Archaeology by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1950)

A Paper read before a meeting of the Society on October I9th, 1949.1 THE idea of raising an imposing mound of earth to guard the bones or ashes of the dead is one which has roots deep in antiquity. " Man " said Sir Thomas Browne " is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and … Continue reading The Hill of the Dragon: Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds in Literature and Archaeology by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1950)