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A Dictionary of Northern Mythology Paperback – April 28, 2008
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There is not a page that does not inform and enthuse. --Runa
Scholarly and precise - should be established as the standard work on its subject - belongs in any major reference collection. --Reference Reviews
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Simek provides a great deal of information in this work and references to the sources. Hence it is an extremely useful work when one wants to get a quick overview of his views on the sources, with enough material to go further and check for yourself. Obviously like all secondary sources, it should not be taken fully at face value.
What sets this work apart from other dictionaries of mythology is the depth the author goes in exploring etymologies of names and providing usable source citations. Hence even if you know the mythic material, the work provides some additional elements not found in simply looking at the sources. However, at the same time, the sources are properly cited so you can go and read more.
In general, I would consider this to be an absolutely indispensable reference for serious work in the fields relating to Germanic mythology and saga.