The Northern cosmology is rich, complex and well worth studying. Full of heroes, villains, tricksters, sages, trolls, giants, and magickal creatures, you cannot help but be entertained and fascinated by the tales through which our ancestors explored the seen and unseen worlds. You will want to look at the Poetic and Prose Eddas in primary texts as well as the following:
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This is a very readable and enjoyable book which also features some truly inspirational artwork by Emily Carding. The book is primarily an exploration of the Norse Gods through the days of the week, but some of the content I found the most satisfying was Pearce’s beautifully woven and coherent account of the origins of the Gods and their lives. Many texts strive so hard to emphasise the detail of local context that they lose any sense of an overarching ‘northern traditon’; Pearce remedies this with a broad brush approach underpinned by her extensive knowledge of the Northern tradition and comparative theology. While I believe a student of the northern mysteries should also look at other texts which are perhaps more ‘academic’ (and probably drier); dipping in to The Gods of the Vikings is a lovely way to prepare for a devotional or to spend a wet afternoon curled up on the sofa.