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Introduction.; Chapter 1: The sources of Norse mythology.; Chapter 2: The gods on the ground.; Chapter 3: Myths in the Viking Age.; Chapter 4: The Twilight of the gods.; Chapter 5: Pagan myths under conversion.; Chapter 6: The rebirth of Norse mythology.
Christopher Abram is Lecturer in Medieval Scandinavian Studies at University College, London where he teaches Old Norse mythology, literature and language. He has published scholarly articles on eddic poetry and is working on a volume about the transmission of the Icelandic eddas.
'Undoubtedly a learned, informative and enjoyable account of the Norse myths that presents a new model for future discussion.' --Sanford Lakoff 'The most innovative aspect of Abram's account is the emphasis he places on skaldic verse, particularly in his chapters dealing with the Viking Age and the conversion period. Though it would be easy to dismiss this poetry as no more ancient than the high medieval sources in which it is preserved, Abram takes the more challenging line that some of it is indeed originally from the pagan period and very successfully teases all kinds of new insights from it. He does this by paying much closer attention to the contexts and detail of this poetry than previous commentators... this is undoubtedly a learned, informative and enjoyable account of the Norse myths that presents a new model for future discussion.' --Sanford Lakoff