Norse Mythology History And Mythological Tradition - Essay

History And Mythological Tradition

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Brian Branston (1955)

SOURCE: "Historical Introduction," in Gods of the North, Thames and Hudson, 1955, pp. 1-46.

[In the following excerpt, Branston provides the historical context and description of the Norse people and culture, particularly in Iceland.]

Mythology is every man's business; whether it be of the private kind called psychology or the collective kind which manifests itself in stories of the gods.

A myth is like a dream; it is a direct expression of the unconscious mind, and the events of a myth, its characters and symbols are to the human race as the events, characters and symbols of his dream are to the...

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