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Friday, February 27, 2015

Elves, Wights, and Trolls - Kvedulf Gundarsson

Gundarsson dives deep into the Eddas and Sagas to reveal the nature of Elves, Wights, and Trolls, mysterious creatures who share the realm of man on MidGarth (earth). The names seem to be use interchangeably in many stories, but there's still much to learn about them. Many of these creatures appear to be tied to the elements, earth, fire, water, air, and metal and this is perhaps where more meaningful division can be made.

While the majority of the chapters are focused on the creatures themselves and how they interact with the Norse people in the Eddas and Sagas, there is also a single chapter at the end on how to contact, communicate, and even make pacts with these creatures based on the authors own experience with magic. He also includes cautions to the reader on choosing to do so. Additionally, he includes suggestions on how to modify the ceremonies should a practitioner choose to do so.

Filled with citations, footnotes, and untranslated words, this work is for the more seasoned reader of Norse mythos. While some find untranslated words make the reading more difficult, I found that in many cases the choice to stick with the original word is helpful because English translations have connotations that the original words do not. While informative, it can be overwhelming at times due to being so densely packed, so I found it best to take it in small pieces. A fantastic piece aimed for the scholarly reader.

Recommended Reads:
Roles of the Northern Goddess - Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson
Prose Edda - Jesse Byock (translator)
Rune Song - Edred Thorsson

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