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By H. A. Guerber

The best significance of the impolite fragments of poetry preserved in early Icelandic literature will now be disputed by means of none, yet there was until eventually contemporary occasions a rare indifference to the wealth of non secular culture and legendary lore which they include. The lengthy overlook of those helpful files of our heathen ancestors isn't the fault of the cloth during which all that survives in their non secular ideals is enshrined, for it will probably effectively be asserted that the Edda is as wealthy within the necessities of nationwide romance and race-imagination, rugged even though it's, because the extra swish and idyllic mythology of the South. nor is it because of something vulnerable within the perception of the deities themselves, for even supposing they might not upward push to nice non secular heights, most efficient scholars of Icelandic literature agree that they stand out impolite and big because the Scandinavian mountains. They show “a spirit of victory, enhanced to brute strength, more desirable to mere topic, a spirit that fights and overcomes.” “Even have been a few a part of the problem in their myths taken from others, but the Norsemen have given their gods a noble, upright, nice spirit, and put them upon a excessive point that's all their own.”“In truth those previous Norse songs have a fact in them, an inward perennial fact and greatness.It is a greatness no longer of mere physique and tremendous bulk, yet a impolite greatness of soul.”

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