In this series, we've explored the archaeological evidence and analyzed surviving popular texts about the pre-Christian religions in Scandinavia. It seems high time to turn toward scholarship which an
It is from writings such as Sturluson’s Prose Edda, for which his chief resources were likely Voluspa and Grimnismal of The Poetic Edda.
There's a theory that some of the diversity found within the Lore is a type of mythological rendering of the subversion and assimilation of earlier religious elements. This theory is based on an under
They have adorned the walls of temples and modern kitchens alike. They are creatures associated with fertility, victory, and divination. Folklore long regards them as key characters throughout the anc
What is a fylgja? A fylgja can be one of two things: the animal shape a person’s spirit takes when he or she journeys, or a semi-autonomous human-shaped entity who is attached to a person’s soul.
The concept of a fylgja can be a hard one for modern minds to really grasp. An entity that has its own district shape and personality and yet is inextricably woven into an individual or family’s sou