Edred Thorsson - The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: How to Interpret Runes, Rune Lore, and the Art of Runecasting

Edred Thorsson - The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: How to Interpret Runes, Rune Lore, and the Art of RunecastingRunes are the ancient Norse alphabet used for communication, divination, and magical work. Here, American runologist Edred Thorsson provides an in-depth guide to the world of runes for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Thorsson's presentation of this powerful system provides a valuable tool for self-development and spiritual transformation.

The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: Introduces the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark along with their definitions and mystical properties. Explores the historical lore of runes using archaeological evidence to explain where the runes come from, what they mean, and how they evolved Reveals the hidden lore and esoteric dimension of runes, looking at the cosmology of the Old Norse to explain the role runes played and how they were used over time Includes specific sections on rune magic and divination, rune poems, and runic numerology, as well as instructions on how to make your own runes and imbue them with numinous power, arrange the optimum setting for a rune reading, and prepare yourself psychologically and spiritually for casting the runes

This book includes material from the author's previous books Futhark, Runelore, and Runecaster's Handbook.

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A history of pagan Europe

A history of pagan EuropeIn this definitive study, Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick draw together the fragmented sources of Europe’s native religions and establish the coherence and continuity of the Pagan world vision. Challenging a traditional, Christian perspective of history, the authors argue that the modern world owes to ancient Paganism its pluralistic tolerance, its love of the arts and its respect for empirical method.

Exploring Paganism as it developed from the ancient world, through the Celtic and Germanic periods, the authors finally appraise modern Paganism and its apparent causes. Feminist spirituality, the heritage movement, nature-worship and “deep” ecology are some of the modern preoccupations which benefit from being examined within the wider context of European Paganism.

This innovative and comprehensive history of European Paganism will provide a stimulating, reliable guide to this popular dimension of religious culture.

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Viking Archaeology in Iceland

Viking Archaeology in IcelandThe Mosfell Archaeological Project (MAP) is analysing the cultural and environmental landscapes of the Mosfell Valley (Mosfellsdalur) in southwestern Iceland, and this volume presents the work of twenty-three of our researchers. MAP is a crossdisciplinary, micro-regional study employing the tools of archaeology, history, anthropology, forensics, environmental sciences, and saga studies. This volume details MAP’s excavations and research on the Valley’s extensive and well-preserved archaeological remains. Habitation in Mosfellsdalur began early in the Viking Age colonization of Iceland in the ninth century. When the first Viking Age settlers arrived, the Mosfell Valley was uninhabited and forested with birch and willow. We focus on the medieval community that evolved in the Valley and its connections to the wider Icelandic and Viking worlds.

During the Medieval Period, the Mosfell region had a high population density, and inhabitants practiced livestock farming and coastal fishing. The Valley’s heaths and highlands sustained considerable sheep and cattle raising. Together the different parts of the Mosfell Valley and the surrounding highlands and coastal areas form an interconnected Valley System. The Valley was the ancestral seat of the Mosfell chieftains, the Mosfellsdælingar, a family of farmers, warriors, and legal specialists well known from the Icelandic sagas and other medieval texts. The Valley itself was in a strategic location that facilitated participation in greater Icelandic politics. Oriented east-west, the Mosfell Valley lies between modern Reykjavík and Thingvellir (Þingvellir), the site of the Althing (Alþing), Iceland’s Viking Age parliament (Map 1.1). Today, the main road between Reykjavík and Thingvellir runs through the Mosfell Valley, roughly following a medieval route to the Althing.

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Price, T. Douglas - Europe before Rome : a site-by-site tour of the stone, bronze, and iron ages

Price, T. Douglas - Europe before Rome : a site-by-site tour of the stone, bronze, and iron agesThis book is about the prehistoric archaeology of Europe—the lives and deaths of peoples and cultures—about how we became human; the rise of hunters; the birth and growth of society; the emergence of art; the beginnings of agriculture, villages, towns and cities, wars and conquest, peace and trade—the plans and ideas, achievements and failures, of our ancestors across hundreds of thousands of years. It is a story of humanity on planet Earth. It’s also about the study of the past—how archaeologists have dug into the ground, uncovered the remaining traces of these ancient peoples, and begun to make sense of that past through painstaking detective work.

This book is about prehistoric societies from the Stone Age into the Iron Age. Th e story of European prehistory is one of spectacular growth and change. It begins more than a million years ago with the first inhabitants. Th e endpoint of this journey through the continent’s past is marked by the emergence of the literate societies of classical Greece and Rome.

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T. Douglas Price: Ancient Scandinavia. An Archaeological History from the First Humans tothe Vikings.

T. Douglas Price: Ancient Scandinavia. AnArchaeological History from the First Humans tothe Vikings.Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the modern countries of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, was the last part of Europe to be inhabited by humans. Not until the end of the last Ice Age when the melting of huge ice sheets left behind a fresh, barren land surface, about 13,000 BC, did the first humans arrive and settle in the region. The archaeological record of these prehistoric cultures, much of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's bogs, lakes, and fjords, has given us a detailed portrait of the evolution of human society at the edge of the inhabitable world. In this book, distinguished archaeologist T. Douglas Price provides a history of Scandinavia from the arrival of the first humans to the end of the Viking period, ca. AD 1050. The first book of its kind in English in many years, Ancient Scandinavia features overviews of each prehistoric epoch followed by illustrative examples from the region's rich archaeology. An engrossing and comprehensive picture of change across the millennia emerges, showing how human society evolved from small bands of hunter-gatherers to large farming communities to the complex warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron Ages, cultures which culminated in the spectacular rise of the Vikings at the end of the prehistoric period. The material evidence of these past societies--arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock art, beautifully wrought weaponry, Viking warships--give vivid testimony to the ancient peoples of Scandinavia and to their extensive contacts with the remote cultures of the Arctic Circle, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean

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The Anatomy of Viking Art: A Quick Guide to the Styles of Norse Animal Ornament

The Anatomy of Viking Art: A Quick Guide to the Styles of Norse Animal OrnamentThe Norse artwork of the Viking Age is incredibly captivating, with its intricate interlacing patterns and fierce animal figures woven together into some of the most exceptional expressions of art created by mankind. But as fascinating as it may be to look at, it may be as difficult to understand exactly how these patterns are constructed, and even more difficult to understand how to recreate them.

This guide breaks down the styles of Viking Age art in an easy to understand manner, to help you to quickly acquire a good grasp of its anatomy. Clear illustrations and graphics straightforwardly present the characteristics of each style, so you'll be able to easily distinguish each from the others, and understand how one style developed into the next. The accompanying timelines, maps and concise historical descriptions further help you to root your understanding of the styles in their historical context.

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The Early Germans (The Peoples of Europe) Malcolm Todd

The Early Germans (The Peoples of Europe) Malcolm ToddFor many centuries Germanic peoples occupied much of northern and central Europe. From the fourth century onward migrant groups extended their power and influence over much of western Europe and beyond to North Africa. In so doing, they established enduring states in France, Spain, Italy and Britain. This illustrated book makes use of archaeological and literary sources to outline the ethnogenesis and history of the early Germanic peoples. It provides an overview of current knowledge of these peoples, their social structure, settlements, trade, customs, religion, craftsmanship and relations with the Roman Empire. In this second edition, the author incorporates important new archaeological evidence and reports on advances in historical interpretation. In particular, he offers new insights into developments in central and eastern Europe and the implications for our understanding of migration and settlement patterns, ethnicity and identity. Ten new plates have been added featuring significant new sites discovered in recent years.

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Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe, 900–1400

Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe, 900–1400Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe provides imagined biographies of twenty different figures from all walks of life living in Eastern Europe from 900 to 1400. Moving beyond the usual boundaries of speculative history, the book presents innovative and creative interpretations of the people, places, and events of medieval Eastern Europe and provides an insight into medieval life from Scandinavia to Byzantium.

Each chapter explores a different figure and together they present snapshots of life across a wide range of different social backgrounds. Among the figures are both imagined and historical characters, including the Byzantine Princess Anna Porphyrogenita, a Jewish traveller, a slave, the Mongol general Sübodei, a woman from Novgorod, and a Rus’ pilgrim. A range of different narrative styles are also used throughout the book, from omniscient third-person narrators to diary entries, letters, and travel accounts.

By using primary sources to construct the lives of, and give a voice to, the types of people who existed within medieval European history, Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe provides a highly accessible introduction to the period. Accompanied by a new and interactive companion website, it is the perfect teaching aid to support and excite students of medieval Eastern Europe.

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Armies of the Volga Bulgars & Khanate of Kazan: 9th–16th centuries

Armies of the Volga Bulgars & Khanate of Kazan: 9th–16th centuriesThe Bulgars were a Turkic people who established a state north of the Black Sea. In the late 500s and early 600s AD their state fragmented under pressure from the Khazars; one group moved south into what became Bulgaria, but the rest moved north during the 7th and 8th centuries to the basin of the Volga river. There they remained under Khazar domination until the Khazar Khanate was defeated by Kievan Russia in 965. In the 1220s they managed to maul Genghis Khan's Mongols, who returned to devastate their towns in revenge. By the 1350s they had recovered much of their wealth, but they were caught in the middle between the Tatar Golden Horde and the Christian Russian principalities. They were ravaged by these two armies in turn on several occasions between 1360 and 1431. A new city then rose from the ashes – Kazan, originally called New Bulgar – and the successor Islamic Khanate of Kazan resisted the Russians until falling to Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The costumes, armament, armour and fighting methods of the Volga Bulgars during this momentous period are explored in this fully illustrated study.

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The Celtic World (Routledge Worlds)

The Celtic World (Routledge Worlds)The Celtic World is a detailed and comprehensive study of the Celts from the first evidence of them in the archaeological and historical record to the early post-Roman period. The strength of this volume lies in its breadth - it looks at archaeology, language, literature, towns, warfare, rural life, art, religion and myth, trade and industry, political organisations, society and technology. The Celtic World draws together material from all over pagan Celtic Europe and includes contributions from British, European and American scholars. Much of the material is new research which is previously unpublished.

The book addresses some important issues - Who were the ancient Celts? Can we speak of them as the first Europeans? In what form does the Celtic identity exist today and how does this relate to the ancient Celts?
For anyone interested in the Celts, and for students and academics alike, The Celtic World will be a valuable resource and a fascinating read.

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The Viking World (Routledge Worlds) / by Stefan Brink (Editor), Neil Price (Editor)

The Viking World (Routledge Worlds) / by Stefan Brink (Editor), Neil Price (Editor)Filling a gap in the literature for an academically oriented volume on the Viking period, this unique book is a one-stop authoritative introduction to all the latest research in the field.

Bringing together today’s leading scholars, both established seniors and younger, cutting-edge academics, Stefan Brink and Neil Price have constructed the first single work to gather innovative research from a spectrum of disciplines (including archaeology, history, philology, comparative religion, numismatics and cultural geography) to create the most comprehensive Viking Age book of its kind ever attempted.

Consisting of longer articles providing overviews of important themes, supported by shorter papers focusing on material of particular interest, this comprehensive volume covers such wide-ranging topics as social institutions, spatial issues, the Viking Age economy, warfare, beliefs, language, voyages, and links with medieval and Christian Europe.

This original work, specifically oriented towards a university audience and the educated public, will have a self-evident place as an undergraduate course book and will be a standard work of reference for all those in the field.

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