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The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature Paperback – March 21, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1107632349 ISBN-10: 110763234X Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 110763234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107632349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,563 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Nelson on May 14, 2014
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This is a wonderful exploration of the Germanic death paradigm(s).. Anything written by this author is well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Emanuelson on January 1, 2014
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Hilda Roderick Ellis is a respected and famous scholar of Norse history. This book has long been out of print and even a battered used copy goes for mega-bucks, if you can find one. I was very happy to find this re-print at an affordable price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen on June 23, 2013
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Ellis-Davidson is immensely knowledgeable and detailed while still maintaining an accessible and interesting style. I only wish more of her work was available on Kindle!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Maxwell-watson on June 3, 2013
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Hilda Roderick Ellis-Davidson's works remain as some of the most informative, scholarly and easily read books on Northern European culture. This particular work focuses on the disposal of the Norse dead and their religious practices surrounding the subject. Well worth the cost!
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