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)

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)

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)

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)

IN MEMORIAM: Hilda Ellis Davidson (1914-2006) by Jacqueline Simpson

  Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson, who died in January 2006, had for many decades been a distinguished scholar in the field of Scandinavian mythology and religion, whose books reached a wide readership and whose enthusiasm for her subject was an inspiration to many-myself included. Time and again, over the years, one would hear Hilda gleefully … Continue reading IN MEMORIAM: Hilda Ellis Davidson (1914-2006) by Jacqueline Simpson

The Life & Works of Hilda Ellis Davidson by Sandra Billington (1996)

  Hilda Ellis Davidson is one of those rare scholars whom one finds it hard, sometimes, to believe can really exist. Her publications include the very full commentary to The History of the Danes: Saxo Grammticus (1979-80); The Road to Hel (1943; reprinted 1968); Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (1964); Pagan Scandinavia (1967); Scandinavian … Continue reading The Life & Works of Hilda Ellis Davidson by Sandra Billington (1996)