- Mythology of Northern Europe
I have been playing with the idea in my head to make notes, and share knowledge about the stuff I read, experience and come across in life. Sad thing is that until now, I just haven’t come to doing it, simply because I’m usually reading and doing more things at once. Of course they are all in the same genre, because I simply only do what has my interest.
I have spend time translating old Edda poems into Dutch by studying various source materials with the idea of making the texts more accessible and easier to read for the general public. Although there is nothing wrong with my style of translating, I just noticed that people simply lack the interest. In other words: Dutch people generally don’t google grimnismal or skirnismal for example.
I don’t think there is a complete lack of interest, but there simply are too few Dutch people compared to the English speaking part of the world. Therefore I decided to work the other side around: There are many Dutch sources that most likely haven’t been published in English.
So by making my notes in English, and publish them in a an easy-accessible way, more people might benefit from it. Also I hope to get people to share thoughts about some subjects, simply because some things leave space for interpretation and conversation. Enough for this prologue now, time to start at what I planned to do. To briefly note the core points of chapters etc.
Myths are stories about gods, that belong to a certain people. The correctness of these stories are not controllable or very doubtful.
Everything is created from a world that isn’t perceivable with our ordinary senses. They are spiritual beings that have been and still are working in a creating way to the existence of everything.
Myths tell in images how the earth and everything that surrounds it, is shaped by spiritual creatures. These creatures were experienced as realities in the old times when people still had their clairvoyant capabilities.
Nowadays we still are aware of terms like “guardian angels” etc. – But if we do, we still see it in a separated way. The direction of thinking and the methods of studying have changed. In earlier times faith and science were still one. In our time there is a big gap between the two, and causes that they both tend to dry out. Rudolf Steiner made a path accessible to individual persons to build a bridge between faith and science. From this perspective is this book written about the mythology of Northern Europe. The anthroposophist way of thinking as it’s founding.
In Northern and Central Europe the roots of the people are mostly of Celtic or Germanic people. Many customs are from the livelihood and believe/faith of these people. Even though the Celtic and Germanic stories differ, the source of their mystery is the same.