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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 111, In the Land of Elves and Giants—Scandinavia Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 111, In the Land of Elves and Giants—Scandinavia Summary and Analysis

Scandinavia is another example of a region comprised of two major groups. The Finns were a Mongolian, Ural-Altaic speaking people while the northern Germanic groups, such as the Norse, the Danes, and the Swedes, pressed further and further into central Europe. The Finns retreated even further north as a result. The people of the Germanic groups were generally tall, blonde and blue-eyed. Accounts of "small dark elves and dwarves" may actually be a reaction of the Germanic people to the Finnish people. An important aspect of Scandinavian Goddess lore is the fact that many of the deities come directly from Anatolia. The Scandinavian Goddess tales provide images of women as Divine Mother, as Queen of the Witches, and Queen of the Elves.

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