Norse mythology | Kevin Crossley-Holland (1980)

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Norse mythology.
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Kevin Crossley-Holland (1980)

SOURCE: Introduction to The Norse Myths, Pantheon Books, 1980, pp. xiv-xli.

In this excerpt, Crossley-Holland describes the Norse pantheon and the primary sources for the Norse mythological tradition.

The Pantheon

Snorri Sturluson, writing in Iceland in the thirteenth century, says that, excluding Odin and his wife Frigg, 'The divine gods are twelve in number… The goddesses [who number thirteen] are no less sacred and no less powerful.' This section introduces the four principal deities, Odin, Thor, Freyr and Freyja, in some detail, and points to the principal attributes of the others; they, and other protagonists, are discussed further in the notes where appropriate.

Odin is often called Allfather: this means he was not only the actual father of many of the gods and (with his two brothers) created the first man and woman, but that he was also foremost of the gods. Snorri Sturluson is...

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