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Title: Myths, Legends, and Heroes: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature in Honour of John McKinnell. Toronto Old Norse-Icelandic Series
Author(s): Anlezark, Daniel
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 0802099475
ISBN-13: 9780802099471
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[size=+1]From The Medieval Review:[/size]
This volume honors an admirable scholar whose work has illuminated the fields of Old Norse and Old English literature. We owe John McKinnell deep thanks for his writing, his company, for organizing a series of lectures at the University of Durham and the International Saga Conference held there in 2006, and for welcoming many wandering scholars to his institution over many years. This reviewer will never forget the times he spent in Durham.

The first section of the book, "Transforming Paganism," consists of three papers dealing with the interactions of Christianity and paganism in the Anglo-Saxon world during the second Viking Age, as well as in Scandinavia and northern Germany. Starting with McKinnell's study of the graphic representation of scenes from Scandinavian mythology and folklore, Judith Jesch ("The Norse Gods in England and the Isle of Man") surveys the material and written evidence (including place names and personal names) for the knowledge of the pagan gods in Viking-Age England. She concludes that "actual worship of, or adherence to, the Norse gods was confined to the two most important ones, Odin and his son Thor," although the names of some other gods beings were known and perhaps had parts in narratives (21).

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In Myths, Legends, and Heroes, editor Daniel Anzelark has brought together scholars of Old Norse-Icelandic and Old English literature to explore the translation and transmission of Norse myth, the use of literature in society and authorial self-reflection, the place of myth in the expression of family relationships, and recurrent motifs in Northern literature.

The essays in Myths, Legends, and Heroes include an examination of the theme of sibling rivalry, an analysis of Christ's unusual ride into hell as found in both Old Norse and Old English, a discussion of Beowulf's swimming prowess and an analysis of the poetry in Snorri Sturluson's Edda. A tribute to Durham University professor John McKinnell's distinguished contributions to the field, this volume offers new insights in light of linguistic and archaeological evidence and a broad range of study with regard to both chronology and methodology.

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