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The mythology of Scandinavia, which was also widespread in Germany and Britain until the establishment there of Christianity. For the people and places most important in Norse mythology, see Odin, Thor, trolls, and Valhalla.

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  • The spiritual ideals in norse mythology are more important than the physical ideals.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • The influence of norse mythology upon the works of Klopstock manifests itself largely in externals; similarly does that of Ossian.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • In like forms, as dogs or wolves, they return time out of mind in norse mythology and in Middle-Age legend.

  • In norse mythology the vesture of the uncanny maid is oftenest a seal-skin, and a vein of pathos enters the legends.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Others have evolved its present nomenclature from a word taken from norse mythology meaning the "dwelling-place of men."

  • The Raven was, indeed, from of old endowed with the holy awfulness of the christian dove, in the norse mythology.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Readers of norse mythology may suppose that these weird sisters were dim, vague, shadowy creatures; but they are mistaken.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • Equally favoured were stories dealing with norse mythology and the heroic legends of his race.

    The Soul of a Child Edwin Bjorkman

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