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Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend Paperback – March, 1999
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About the Author
Andrew Orchard was born in North London in 1964, and is a sometime Scholar of both Exeter College, Oxford, and Queens' College, Cambridge. He is currently University Lecturer in the Department of Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge, where he teaches Old English, Old Norse and Insular Latin as a fellow of Emmanuel College. In addition to producing a wide range of scholarly works on the literature and learning of the medieval period, he has led walking tours in the mountains of Iceland for a number of years. This is his third book.
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Top Customer Reviews
On the down side, the entries can be a little short and a little too brief in comparison to the other two dictionaries, and as a result this work is the thinnest of the three.
As I've pointed out above, this is (as of the time of writing this) one of three English language dictionaries covering Germanic mythology and paganism. All are of independent value to those with a serious interest in the subject matter, and I recommend getting a hold of all three. The other two are:
John Lindow's "Dictionary of Norse mythology"
Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs
Rudolf Simek's "Dictionary of Northern Mythology":
Dictionary of Northern Mythology
Since the mass-market paperback is the edition in print, however, I strongly suggest checking that page before ordering. And if you are already familiar with the volume, and definitely want the larger format, you probably don't need my advice.
Sadly, this book is out-of-print. It took a long while for a copy to show up on Amazon, but I was very happy when it did.
It also has a sturdy cover and thick pages that hold up well to being frequently used and carried around in a bookbag.