After the Bronze Age: Weapons 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. 145-152. All through the pagan period in Scandinavia the weapons of the Bronze Age remained important symbols, and were linked with religious cults. The axe, here as elsewhere, was consistently associated with the deity … Continue reading After the Bronze Age: Weapons by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

After the Bronze Age: The Sun-disk 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. 139-145. Introduction The apparent breakdown of organized religion at the close of the Northern Bronze Age poses a problem for the archaeologist. The religious historian also must be concerned over the subsequent fate of … Continue reading After the Bronze Age: The Sun-disk by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

The Legend of Lady Godiva1 by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

THE legend of Godiva was recalled to our minds and flared up for a while in the press in 1967, when the City of Coventry celebrated the 900th  anniversary of her death. It is a legend which offers a challenge both to historian and folklorist, for the problem it presents is that of the relationship … Continue reading The Legend of Lady Godiva1 by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

The Chariot of the Sun1 by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

FOLKLORE may be viewed as a long road leading back into the remote past. It is not a direct road, as early folklorists tended to think; there are many twists and turns in it and many breaks, and yet its winding course establishes a kind of continuity between the men of prehistoric times and our … Continue reading The Chariot of the Sun1 by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

The Geats of “Beowulf”: A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages by Jane Acomb Leake, Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

Reviewed Work: The Geats of "Beowulf": A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages by Jane Acomb Leake Review by: H. R. Ellis Davidson, Folklore, Vol. 79, No. 2 (Summer, 1968), pp. 147-149. THIS is a book of some importance for anyone interested in the supernatural elements in the Anglo-Saxon heroic poem Beowulf, … Continue reading The Geats of “Beowulf”: A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages by Jane Acomb Leake, Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

Reviews of “The Chariot of the Sun and Other Rites and Symbols of the Northern Bronze Age” by Peter Gelling, Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

Review by: Jacqueline Simpson, Folklore, Vol. 81, No. 2 (Summer, 1970), pp. 152-153. THE aim of this book, which will prove indispensable to students of ancient European religions, is to analyse the meanings of Scandinavian rock-engravings in the Bronze Age (roughly between 1500 and 500 B.C.), and to trace the subsequent history of religious symbols … Continue reading Reviews of “The Chariot of the Sun and Other Rites and Symbols of the Northern Bronze Age” by Peter Gelling, Hilda Ellis Davidson (1969)

Everyday Life in the Viking Age by Jacqueline Simpson, reviewed by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

This book on the life of the Viking Age stands out from many of this type in that the author throughout has used first-hand sources and the most recent scholarly authorities, many of them inaccessible to the reader without a knowledge of the Scandinavian languages. She has drawn widely on recent archaeological work in the … Continue reading Everyday Life in the Viking Age by Jacqueline Simpson, reviewed by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1968)