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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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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: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is a comprehensive book that tells you more than you might have wanted to know about life after death in Nordic imagination, but it ties in with current interests. i My sons recognized certain terms as referring to creatures in current games. For my own purpose, researching the mythology of the far north as background for a novel of the first Crusade, it was quite helpful.
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This is a scholarly and well researched work. It gives no easy answers and claims to have only scrapped the surface of the subject. I had trouble with the Norse words, phrases and names. I recommend this to anyone interested in the Norse beliefs in the afterlife.
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A wonderful read provided by HR Ellis-Davidson that provides a comprehensive and detailed view into the afterlife from a Norse perspective. Even more than that, it gives example of heathen worldview which is important in understanding how Germanic people's lived (and died) from a more religious perspective in regards to this context. I'd highly recommend it for anyone studying Germanic history, heathens, and students of anthropology.
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