- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491087455
- ISBN-13: 978-1491087459
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Thormod Morrisson is a runester and tresmiðr (woodcarver) of Norse Gaelic extraction with a long interest in Norse, Pictish, Gaelic and Far Eastern traditions. His interest in ancient mysticism has been anenduring one.
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to give us a comprehensive book on Northern Europe's culture of myth, magic, religion, spiritual practices and
history. Runes are just a big part of this equation. There are even some beautiful illustrations of wood carvings
of the gods! ( the author is also a woodcarver! )
What surprised me most was his inclusion of much of Celtic culture and history. Celtic and Norse myth and magic are many times treated separately, but Morrisson is aware that there was much interaction between these two great northern cultures, so they are treated together almost as a whole.
I had some issues with the interpretation of the runes; a bit too speculative for me. Also, some of his comparative methods between different cultures seemed to me to be a bit of a stretch. I was confused to find that the Norse gods such as Thor and Odin were represented by the older Celtic trinity Taranis, Esus and Teutates. Then again, I'm not up on the latest research.
But overall a fun and fascinating book, with some funny stories from medieval northern writings.