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The Road to Hel

The Road to Hel

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THEROAD TO HEL
 
 A Study of the Conception of the Dead inOld Norse Literature
BYHILDA RODERICK ELLISM.A., Ph.D.
Sometime Marion Kennedy Research Student of Newnham College Assistant Lecturer in English, Royal Holloway College
 
GREENWOOD PRESS, PUBLISHERSNEW YORK 1968
 
 
 
To NORA CHADWICK who has given me so much
 
First Greenwood reprinting, 1968Library of Congress catalogue card number: 88-23286
 
Reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press
 
PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
 
Contents
 Preface
page
vii
 Abbreviations
 
viii
INTRODUCTION
I
CHAPTERSI. FUNERAL CUSTOMS: THE EVIDENCE OF ARCHAEOLOGY
7The disposal of the dead in heathen times, p. 7; The funeral ship, p. 16
II. FUNERAL CUSTOMS: THE EVIDENCE OF LITERATURE
30Cremation and inhumation, p. 30; Ship—funeral, p. 39;Human sacrifice, p. 50; The funeral feast, p. 59; Conclusion, p. 61
III. THE CONCEPTION OF THE FUTURE LIFE
65The conception of Valhöll in the poems, p. 66; The Valkyries, p. 69;The realm of the gods, p. 73; The everlasting battle, p. 78;The underworld realm of the dead, p. 83; The dead in themountains, p. 87; The grave-mound, p. 9o; Conclusion, p. 96
IV. THE CULT OF THE DEAD
99Worship of the dead and of the grave-mound, p. 100; The customof sitting on a howe, p. 105; Elves and land—spirits, p. 111;Conclusion, p. 119
V. THE CONCEPTION OF THE SOUL
121Shape-changing, p. 122; The animal
 fylgja,
 p. 127; The guardian
hamingja
and
dis,
 p. 130; The idea of rebirth, p. 138;Conclusion: the idea of survival, p. 147
VI. NECROMANCY
151The waking of the sleeper, p. 152; The animation of the dead, p.
156;
The restlesscorpse, p. I62; Conclusion, p. 165

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