Maria Kvilhaug explores the parables of Old Norse myths, revealing spiritual mysteries and metaphysical speculation at the heart of Old Norse Paganism. The Edda poems were most probably created by Viking Age skalds who knew the art of making metaphorical riddles and how to hide messages behind words.
Many poems are veritably incomprehensible without the knowledge it takes to decipher the riddles. When Snorri in the 1220's realized that young people were beginning to lose their understanding of the ancient form of Norse poetry, he wrote his book so that young students of poetry may decipher that which has been subtly spoken, adding that knowledge has been cleverly disguised in runes. Snorri based his work on old poems almost forgotten at the time, and it was not until 400 years later that an Icelandic family presented a secret leather manuscript that had remained hidden in their family for 500 years, to Bishop Brynjolv Sveinsson in 1643.
Why was the manuscript hidden throughout the centuries? What were the real messages behind Old Norse poetry? Are the Norse myths truly just funny stories about gods, trolls and giants, or do they hide some deeper insights?
Kvilhaug has researched the archeaology and background to the Edda Poems and Sagas of Northern literature, and historical folk lore data. She has translated the original ancient Norse manuscripts and approaches the Poems as metaphor for traditional ritual and rites of passage in the ancient cultures of Scandinavia. Her insights open up the poems to reveal a whole new world where The tree of life, the red-gold of wisdom and the goddess of death and renewal are central to an almost forgotten way of life.
Written in a warm and friendly style, this book is informative, revolutionary and enlightening. It will change the way we view the Poetic Eddas, and perhaps help rebuild an understanding of the pagan past of the Northern peoples. It may even restore a rationalized familiarity with their true Northern god(s) and goddess(es).
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Maria Kvilhaug graduated from the University of Oslo in 2004 with a degree in Cultural Studies (Old Norse Philology). Previously she studied World History and Philosophy (Norway) and graduated wth a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 (Camberwell College UK). She has written articles and frequently lectures on the subject of Old Norse Mythology. In 2012 she gave a paper at the ARC convention, Bath, UK entitled The Maid with the Mead and lectured at the Mytologifestivalen in Kvinnherad, Norway, 2013. Published works include: The Maiden with the Mead 2009, a lecture series: Hidden Knowledge inOld Norse Myths 2010, and currently, The Seed of Yggdrasill . Her You Tube channel Earth Mythic Library is gaining popularity in new age pagan communities as well as academic interest. Planned publications include a series of Historical fiction works based on the life and times of the sorceress of Oseborg. Kvilhaug lives in Norway and is working toward a PHD Sibyls and Oracles in Greek, Norse and Igbo cultures at the University of Oslo.Review:
I give this book at sterling 5/5 it is excellent, well written, presented well and all around a worthwhile read! I recommend that heathens especially grab a copy and go check out Maria s videos as most of the book is the tome used throughout these...it is truly educational and enlightening!Maria Kvillhaug may not be a name that many people are aware of unless you have frequented YouTube or found her website (LadyoftheLabyrinth). I found it when I was doing research on initiation rituals and was almost giddy when I discovered her numerous YouTube videos discussing her views on various aspects of Norse Mythology. Heathens might know her from her thesis paper The Maiden with the Mead-a Goddess of Initiation Rituals in Old Norse Myths, and if not, they should go grab a free copy of this paper. It was one of the first few thesis papers I read when I began to doubt the overwhelming references to the Edda. I found her paper eye-opening and frankly wondered why this paper had not made it into the list of readings for heathens.
After the course of watching several videos, I began to find what Maria said not only intriguing but down right conflicting with modern heathenrys ideas of our myths. I found this view refreshing, as it was not a repeat of what we already assumed but was a completely different view of myths. While I don t always agree with her interpretation of things, her research is flawless. She obviously knows what she is talking about. She is also approachable, untainted by preconceived notions. In heathenry today, we often tend to only look to the Edda as a place to understand everything, but this understanding seems to be taken in many ways out of context. What we know about the myths comes from various periods of research and seems to have been accepted as fact instead of being constantly updated with new ideas. --- --L Hunter, THE KENAZ KINDRED (CAN)
The Seed of Yggdrasill is a controversial and insightful exploration of Norse myths from a pantheistic perspective. Maria Kvilhaug is to be congratulated for bringing the ancient tales alive again for both those who already know something of them and for those who have yet to drink from this inexhaustible well. This is a valuable work for the student of myth and an essential one for those who would revive the Northern Tradition. -- --Richard Rudgley, BBC4
. . an outstanding text that anyone who is interested in the Old Norse Myths can delve straight into the heart of Norse Paganism and come out with a deep understanding of the whole belief system. Maria s translation and interpretations of the meanings of the Edda poems are brilliant. --Jade Ashcroft-ENLIGHTENED TIMES MAGAZINE, (uk)
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Descripción Whyte Tracks, 2015. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. the heritage edition edition. 712 pages. 8.20x5.90x1.90 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería 8792632289