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I'm currently looking for books on Germanic and/or Norse history, traditions, and mythology. I know a bit about these topics but would like to study more in depth. I love learning about history and cultures of ancient peoples, and would be greatful if any of you have any suggestions on books for these two cultures.

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"Dictionary of Northern Mythology" by Rudolph Simek

"Eyrbyggja Saga"

"Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic…" by Kveldulf Gundarsson

Tacitus: "Germania"

"Gods and Myths of Northern Europe" by Hilda Ellis Davidson [THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK!]

"King Harald's Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway from Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla" by Snorri Sturluson, Magnus Magnusson, and Hermann Palsson

"The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe" by Hilda Ellis Davidson

"Northern Mythology: From Pagan Faith to Local Legends (Wordsworth Myth, Legend & Folklore)" by Benjamin Thorpe and Jacqueline Simpson

"Njal's Saga"

"Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney"

"The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology"by S Sturluson

"The Poetic Edda"

"The Saga of Grettir the Strong"

"The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki"

"The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer"

"The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America: "Graenlendinga Saga" and "Eirik's Saga""

"Wights and Ancestors (Understanding Heathenism S.)" by Jenny Blain

"Weird Tales from Northern Seas: Norwegian Legends" by Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie, R. Nisbet Bain, and Laurence Housman




Should get you started. I would also recommend sifting through all the texts at the Northvegr site. And, if you are interested in pursuing the magical side of things: "Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Neo-shamanism and Ecstasy in North European Paganism" by Jenny Blain might help.

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Amargith and Dark Phoenix share your interest and discussed it on this thread:


Perhaps you can PM them for some further info and discussion.


Sure can! Anything German and/or Irish...Im there! lol Yea so if you need any info or anything like that please feel free to PM me! :witchbroom:

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Thanks for all the info everybody. I've ordered a few books and have been browsing a few of the site links you provided. And thanks for the help Dark Phoenix, I'm gonna read up on this a bit more and if I have any questions, as I'm sure I will, I'll be sure to PM you.

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The way of wyrd and the real middle earth by Brian Bates are Anglo Saxon books and I thoroughly recommend them to anyone





:cheers: This looks fascinating! Im definitely going to try and get my hands on one of these books! Thanks SH!

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I'm not sure how I left this out, but:


"Beowulf" as translated by Seamus Heaney


I've read Beowulf, we had an entire unit dedicated to it back in my senior year in highschool. It's a very good epic, but to me is a bit cliche as it is studied extensivly for its literary quality but never for the culture of the people who told the tale.

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