Norse Mythology And Other Traditions - Essay

Norse Mythology And Other Traditions

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Henning K. Sehmsdorf (1974)

SOURCE: "Archetypal Structures in Scandinavian Mythology," in Facets of Scandinavian Literature, edited by A. Wayne Wonderley, APRAP Press, 1974, pp. 53-67.

[In this essay, Sehmsdorf analyzes the Icelandic mythological tradition in terms of Jungian psychology.]

The title of my paper is "Archetypal Structures in Scandinavian Mythology." In the few minutes allotted to me, I want to give a rough sketch of an interpretation of the nordic mythological system along the lines of Jungian psychology. As source material I will rely almost exclusively on the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda of Snorre Sturluson....

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