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The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature Paperback – March 21 2013
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- Paperback : 218 pages
- Item Weight : 280 g
- ISBN-10 : 110763234X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1107632349
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.4 x 21.59 cm
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press (March 21 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #775,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Originally published in 1943, this book was written using a variety of evidence from archaeology and literature concerning Norse funeral customs to reconstruct their conception of future life, the soul of man, the cult of the dead, and the journey to the land of the dead.
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Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2016
A worthy read of a mighty book.
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on May 13, 2015
first author i have read who knows their subject in depth
By a scholar for scholarsReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2015
Although this is an academic work, where the author does not translate many old Norse terms into English, this book can still be enjoyed by the general reader with a passion for Norse literature and mythology. Davidson is a known author in the field. Here, she comes to some interesting conclusions about how the dead are perceived by the living, and what exactly happens to a person when they die. We've all read about how Vikings that die go to Valhalla to enjoy perennial feasting and fighting. But as the author shows, this is just one side of the story. The whole picture is much more complicated. The views of pagan Scandinavians changed over the years, and there were different views of life after death. Davidson touches on many fascinating beings that are relevant to the topic: gods, Valkyries, elves, land spirits, giants and ghosts. Although some parts of this work caused me some confusion ( and questions that I wish I could ask the author), this is a rewarding read for those who want to broaden their understand of Norse mythology, literature and religion.
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Terrible binding for a 40 dollar book.Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
There isn't an excuse for this sort of binding on a 40 dollar book. It's essentially a paperback glued into a cheap quality cover. Do not buy this unless you absolutely cannot stand reading books digitally. I'll update when I finish reading the book.
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