Older England; Illustrated by the Anglo-Saxon Antiquities in the British Museum in a Course of Six Lectures

Older England; Illustrated by the Anglo-Saxon Antiquities in the British Museum in a Course of Six Lectures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... of a gentleman. In TegneYs modern Swedish version of the Frithoffs Saga, he says: --"Full short is the shaft of the hammer of Thor, Frey's sword is an ell in the blade; 'Tis enough for the brave, but the longest in war Is too short if the owner's afraid." A very important question now arises with regard to the flint-weapons--axes and arrow-heads--found in the tombs of the Scandinavian and Pagan Saxon warriors, Skulle. Thorlak, a learned Dane, in a very exhaustive work on Thor og hans Hammer, states his opinion that the stone-weapons found in barrows were mere simulacra armorum, meant to typify the power of Thor over the elves and spirits of darkness, and to give the warrior the means of defending himself against them. Like the Grendel in Beowulf, the bodies of the swart elves were impenetrable to steel, so that stone arrow-heads, of the forms existing in metal, were made and supplied. There is no account of stone-weapons ever having been used by the Northern nations in war, but their barrows or gravemounds are full of them. Thorlak says that among so abstract and emblem-loving a people as the Scandinavians and their branches, such typical weapons would be precisely what we should expect to find, and accordingly we do find them. Thor killed the Frost Giants by launching his hammer at them, emblematical of the destruction of evil principles by divine influence, and cosmically the effect of the lightning in destroying evil influences in the earth. Thorlak states distinctly that the cuniform stone axe is emblematical of the splitting force of the thunderbolt hurled by the Deity, the arrow-head of its piercing power, the hammer-like axe being a type of its crushing force. These are the stone-weapons found in barrows. To have cut these heads...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516311
  • 9781236516312