Norse Mythology
Legends of Gods and Heroes

by
Peter Andreas Munch

In the revision of Magnus Olsen

Translated from Norwegian by Sigurd Bernhard Hustvedt


New York
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
1926

CONTENTS

Translator’s Preface — p. xi
Introduction — p. xiii

Part I
MYTHS OF THE GODS — p. 1
The Creation of the World — The Giants — The Æsir — Men and Women — Dwarfs — Vanir — Elves — 1
The Plains of Ida — Valhalla — Yggdrasil — 5
Odin — 7
Thor — 10
Balder — 12
Njord — 13
Frey — 15
Tyr — 16
Heimdal — 17
Bragi — 18
Forseti — 18
Hod — Vali — Vidar — Ull — 18
Hœnir — Lodur — 19
Loki and His Children — 21
Hermod — Skirnir — 25
The Goddesses — Frigg — Jord — Freyja — 25
Saga — Eir — Gefjon — Var — Vor — Syn — Snotra — 28
Idun — Nanna — Sif — 29
The Norns — 30
Familiar Spirits — Attendant Spirits — 31
The Valkyries — 32
Thorgerd Hoelgabrud and Irpa — 34
The Forces of Nature — Ægir — 34
Night — Day — 37
Hel — 37
The Giants — 39
The Dwarfs — 41
The Vettir — 42
The Heroes and Life in Valhalla — 48
Corruption — 49
The Treasures of the Gods — 50
The Rape of Idun — 53
Thor’s Unlucky Journey to Jotunheim — 56
Thor’s Visit to Hymir — 65
Thor’s Visit to Geirrœd — 70
Thor’s Combat with Rungnir — 72
Thrym Steals Mjollnir — 76
The Necklace of the Brisings — 79
The Death of Balder — 80
Ægir’s Banquet — The Chastising of Loki — 86
Other Norse Myths Concerning the Death of Balder (in Saxo) — 94
The Death of Kvasir-Suttung — 97
Odin’s Debate with Vafthrudnir — 100
Odin (Grimnir) and Geirrœd — 102
Harbard and Thor — 105
Ragnarok — The Twilight of the Gods — 108
On the Mythology of the Eddas — 112

Part II
THE HEROIC LEGENDS — p. 121
Introductory Remarks — 123
Wayland — 126
The Hjadnings — 129
The Legend of Tyrfing — 130
The Legends of the Volsungs — Helgi Hjorvardsson — 147
Volsung — Siggeir — Sigmund — Sinfjotli — 151
Helgi Hundingsbane — 159
Sinfjotli — 165
The Death of Sigmund — 166
Sigurd Fafnirsbane — 168
The Niflungs — The Slaying of Sigurd — 175
Atli — 184
Jormunrek — 187
Aslaug — 190
German Legends Dealing with Siegfried and the Nibelungs — 192
The Development of the Legendary Cycle of the Volsungs — 197
Hadding — 204
Frodi the Peaceful and His Mill — 211
Helgi and Rolf Kraki — 215
Starkad the Old — 221
Orvar-Odd — 235
Norna-Gest — 237
Asmund Kempibane — 239
Romund Greipsson — 242
Ragnar Lodbrok and His Sons — 245
Hjorleif and Half — 251
Fridthjof — 256

Part III
THE WORSHIP OF THE GODS — p. 265
Of Temples, of Sacrifices, and of Divination — 267
The Principal Temples in the North — 276

Bibliography — p. 279
Translator’s Note — p. 281
Notes — p. 283
Index — p. 363

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