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Freyja [Public domain image]
Freyja [Public domain image]


by Donald A. Mackenzie

An Introduction to the Eddas & Sagas, Beowulf, The Nibelungenlied, etc.


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This is Donald Mackenzie's able retelling of the Northern mythological cycle. He weaves a coherent narrative from the Eddas, the Niebelunglied, the Volsung Saga, Beowulf, the primordial Hamlet myths, and Medieval German tales of chivalry. MacKenzie also wrote Egyptian Myth and Legend and Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe.

Title Page
Plates In Color
Plates In Monochrome
Chapter I. Story of Creation
Chapter II. The Nine Worlds
Chapter III. The Deeds of Odin
Chapter IV. How Evil entered Asgard
Chapter V. The Winter War
Chapter VI. Triumph of Love
Chapter VII. The Lost Sword of Victory
Chapter VIII. Fall of Asgard
Chapter IX. The Gods Reconciled
Chapter X. Loke's Evil Progeny
Chapter XI. Thor's Great Fishing
Chapter XII. The City of Enchantments
Chapter XIII. Thor in Peril
Chapter XIV. The Great Stone Giant
Chapter XV. Balder the Beautiful
Chapter XVI. The Binding of Loke
Chapter XVII. The Dusk of the Gods
Chapter XVIII. The Coming of Beowulf
Chapter XIX. Conflict with Demons
Chapter XX. Beowulf and the Dragon
Chapter XXI. Hother and Balder
Chapter XXII. The Traditional Hamlet
Chapter XXIII. Hamlet's Storm-mill
Chapter XXIV. Land of the Not-dead and many Marvels
Chapter XXV. The Doom of the Volsungs
Chapter XXVI. How Sigmund was Avenged
Chapter XXVII. Helgi Hundingsbane
Chapter XXVIII. Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
Chapter XXIX Brynhild and Gudrun
Chapter XXX. The Last of the Volsungs
Chapter XXXI. Gudrun's Vengeance
Chapter XXXII. Siegfried and the Nibelungs
Chapter XXXIII. The Promise of Kriemhild
Chapter XXXIV. How Brunhild and Kriemhild were won
Chapter XXXV. The Betrayal of Siegfried
Chapter XXXVI. The Nibelungen Tragedy
Chapter XXXVII. Dietrich of Bern
Chapter XXXVIII. The Land of Giants
Chapter XXXIX. The Wonderful Rose Garden
Chapter XL. Virginal, Queen of the Mountains
Chapter XLI. Dietrich in Exile
Chapter XLII. The King's Homecoming