Norse Mythology. The Myths and Legends of the Nordic Gods.Bog
It is a fact that the overwhelming bulk of mythology surviving from northern and eastern Europe is Scandinavian and Icelandisc in origin. Most Slavic gods are not much more than names, and the little we know about therir worship is usually as a consequence of Christian termination.At the turn of the thirteenth century Snorri STurluson wrote a handbook for poets on the world of the Germanic gods, providing detailed explanations of the old mths. He was recalling the sagas of the Viking era, approximately 750-1050, when vigorous tradition formed around the heroic deeds of Odin, Thor and Freyr. Still untouched by Christianity, the restless and adventurous Northmen – the Danes, Norwegians and Swedes – put to sea in search of plunder and land. It is hardly surprising that aggressive Viking warriors loved hearing about the exploits of one-eyed Odin.
Sebastian Kelly, Oxford. 1999.