The Viking Age: The Early History, Manners, and Customs of the Ancestors of the English Speaking Nations ...

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C. Scribner's sons, 1889 - 1153 sivua

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Sivu iv - The Viking Age. THE EARLY HISTORY, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS OF THE ANCESTORS OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING NATIONS. ILLUSTRATED FROM THE ANTIQUITIES DISCOVERED IN MOUNDS, CAIRNS, AND BOGS. AS WELL AS FROM THE ANCIENT SAGAS AND EDDAS. By PAUL B. DU CHAILLU, Author of " The Land of the Midnight Sun,
Sivu 31 - The first world to exist, however, was Muspell in the southern hemisphere; it is light and hot and that region flames and burns so that those who do not belong to it and whose native land it is not, cannot endure it. The one who sits there at land's end to guard it is called Surt; he has a flaming sword, and at the end of the world he will come and harry and will vanquish all the gods and burn the whole world with fire.
Sivu 553 - ... with the blood of the bull that he had sacrificed there himself. Every man who was to perform any lawful duties in the proceedings of the courts should first take an oath upon that ring and name two or more witnesses, and make the following declaration: — 'I call you to witness that I take oath upon the ring, a lawful oath, so help me Frey and Njord and the Almighty God to this end that I shall in this case prosecute, or defend, or bear witness, or render verdict, or pronounce sentence according...
Sivu 35 - ... the horse leaped over the gate with so much force that he never touched it. Thereupon Hermod proceeded to the hall and alighted from his steed. He went in, and saw there sitting on the foremost seat his brother Balder. He tarried there over night. In the morning he asked Hel whether Balder might ride home with him, and told how great weeping there was among the asas. But Hel replied that it should now be tried whether Balder was so much beloved as was said. If all things...
Sivu 26 - The mythological literature of the North bears evidence of a belief prevalent among the people, that their ancestors migrated at a remote period from the shores of the Black Sea, through south-western Russia, to the shores of the Baltic.
Sivu 35 - JEsir sent over all the world messengers to pray that Baldr be wept out of Hel; and all men did this, and quick things, and the earth, and stones, and trees, and all metals, — even as thou must have seen that these things weep when they come out of frost and into the heat. Then, when the messengers went home, having well wrought their errand, they found, in a certain cave, where a giantess sat : she called herself Thokk. They prayed her to weep Baldr out of Hel ; she answered: Thokk will weep waterless...
Sivu 39 - The moon knew not What power he ' had ; The stars knew not Where they owned places.
Sivu 32 - Where was Ymir's home, and what did he live on ?' [High One replied:] 'As soon as the frost thawed, it became a cow called Au3humla, and four rivers of milk ran from her teats, and she fed Ymir.' Then Gangleri asked: 'What did the cow live on?' High One answered: 'She licked the ice-blocks which were salty, and by the evening of the first day of the block-licking appeared a man's hair, on the second day a man's head, and on the third day the whole man was there. He was called Buri. He was handsome...
Sivu xi - Chronicles are given in the Appendix, as showing the power of the Northmen, and bearing strong testimony to the truthfulness of the Sagas. If I had not been afraid of being tedious, I could also have given extracts from Arabic, Russian, and other annals to the same effect. The testimony of archaeology as corroborating the Sagas forms one of the most important links in the chain of my argument ; parchments and written records form but a portion of the material from which I have derived my account...
Sivu 40 - Muspelheim, and placed them in the midst of the boundless heaven, both above and below, to light up heaven and earth. They gave restingplaces to all fires, and set some in heaven; some were made to go free under heaven, but they gave them a place and shaped their course. In old songs it is said that from that time days and years were reckoned.