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By Donald A. Mackenzie

Teutonic delusion and Legend - An creation to the Eddas & Sagas, Beowulf, The Nibelungenlied, and so on. it is a sturdy number of Northern myths, interspersed with poems and passages in vintage literature that have been encouraged by way of (or are variations of) those myths. Like so much fantasy collections, each one tale stands by myself and a look for plot unity or tender continuity will lead to frustration. yet every one stand-alone is wealthy in imagery and a undeniable dreaminess that, in mixture with the entire different tales, impart a fierce, chilly, transparent resourceful nation that lingers a long way after you've gotten closed the publication.

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Their deified tribal heroes were still predominant. That has been made abundantly clear by Stopford Brooke in his masterly study, History of Early English Literature. So far as we are able to reconstruct the Mythology--nor can we expect complete agreement among the experts in this regard--it appears to have been highly developed and adjusted to the minutest detail. The official religion, of course, may not have been accepted in its completeness by all classes; sections may have still clung to favoured deities, while they recognized others unknown to their ancestors.

Xli [paragraph continues] There appears, however, to be general agreement that it is of Pagan origin, and that the Christian references are interpolations. The only surviving manuscript, which is in the handwriting of two copyists, is preserved in the British Museum. "There are clear indications," says Dr. " Scattered through the poem are older stories told by the minstrels, including the myths of Scyld and Hermod and the ancient Sigmund story, which found its highest artistic development in the Volsunga-saga and Nibelungenlied.

Reference has already been made to the theory that certain lays of the Elder Edda show traces of British influence. Those students who desire to have fuller knowledge of the literature, mythology, and history of our mingled ancestors may examine with profit the conjectures of the various scholars, including Schwartz, Frazer, Bugge, Stopford Brooke, York Powell, Vigfusson, and others. The Nibelungenlied, or "Lay of the Nibelung", dates in its united form from the latter part of the twelfth century, and is supposed to be, as a poem, of Austrian or Tyrolese origin; but on this point there is no generally accepted opinion.

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