Viktor Rydberg's
Investigations into Germanic Mythology, Vol. II
Undersökningar i Germanisk Mytologi, andra delen, 1889
The First English Translation by William P. Reaves
William P. Reaves ©2010
  Table of Contents
[Page numbers refer are those of the original edition.]


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Indo-European Mythology

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I. Germanic Myths of Proto-Indo-European Origin. 
 [pp. 1-182]  

 1. The Beginning.

 2. Ginnungagap.

 3. Chaos. The Elements.

 4. The Material of Life.

 5. The World-Tree.

 6. The Three Underworld Springs.

The Original Beings

 7. The Primeval Cow.

 8. The First in Human Form.

 9. The Primeval Giant.

10. Ymir’s Sea.

11. The Creating Gods.

12. Vâta-Wodan.

13. The Eagle and Suttung’s Mead.

14. Hönir, Lodur, and Fjörgynn.

15. The Primeval Smiths.

16. Primeval Smiths and Swan-maidens.

17. The Ordered Universe
 a) The Nine Worlds.

18. The Ordered Universe
b) The World Mill.

19. The Ordered Universe
c) Heavenly Lights and Periods of Time.

20. The Ordered Universe
d) Midgard and the Upper Heavenly World.

21. Soma-Mimir.

22. The Moon and the Mead.

23. The Creation of Man.

24. Primeval Man and the Original Homeland.

25. Agni-Heimdall, the Culture-Bringer.

26. The Golden Age. The Patriarchs.

27. Witchcraft. Heidr.

28. Thurses-Demons.

29. Indra’s Birth and Battles with Demons.

30. Indra’s Protégés and Comrades a) Kutsa-Egil.

31. Indra’s Protégés and Comrades b) Pushan-Thjalfi.

32. The Breach between the Gods and the Primeval Artists.

The Fimbul-Winter.

33. Yima’s Grove and Mimir’s Grove.

34. The Baldur Myth.

35. Eschatology. Funeral Customs.

36. Eschatology (continued). Life After Death. Doppelgangers.

37. Eschatology (continued). Portents of Death. Pyschopomps.
The Journey of the Dead. The Judgment on the Dead.

38. Eschatology (continued).

at the Judgment of the Dead. The Drink of Oblivion.

39. Eschatology (continued). The Kingdom of Bliss.

40. Eschatology (continued). The Damned.

41. Eschatology (continued). Ragnarök.

42. Eschatology (continued). The Regeneration of the World.

 Regarding the Results of the Foregoing Investigation

II. Later Germanic Myths 
[p. 183-203]

 III. Towards the Baldur Myth
[p. 203-295]

I. The Proto-Indo-European Origin of the Baldur Myth.

1. The Tragic Myth of the Divine Brothers.
2. Nature's Sworn Oath. Healing Charms.

II. The Germanic Discouri in Tacitus.

III. The Baldur Myth and the Stephanus Legend.
The Name Fol (

IV. Descendants of the Baldur Myth.

1. The Poem about Helgi Hjörvardsson.

The Story of Olaf Geirstadaalf
and its Connection with the Poem about Helgi Hjörvardsson.

4. The Relationship of the Myth about Hödur
to the Story of Sigurd Fafnisbane's Youth.

Hödur's Supposed Blindness

in which Harbard is proven to be Loki, rather than Odin.
[pp. 296-327]

Brisingamen’s Smiths
[pp. 328-352] 

Additions to the Investigations
of the Myths Concerning Egil-Örvandil and Svipdag:
Vidofnir's Sickle. Egil as Fisher.
[p. 353-368]

Miscellaneous Observations

[pp. 369-374]
 An Overview of the Germanic Mythology’s Epic Order
[pp. 375-426]

Introduction to the Treatise.

 I. The Creation of the World

II. The Primeval Age of Peace

III. The Transition from Peace to War.

IV. The Age of War.

Before the Fimbul-Winter
The Fimbul-Winter
The Decline and End of the Fimbul-Winter
Svipdag and the Sword of Revenge
The War Between the Aesir and the Vanir.
The Great War in Midgard.

V. The Historic Era.

VI. Ragnarök.

VII. The World's Renewal.

 Conclusion to the Treatise


Towards a Method of Mythology

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The Sibylline Oracles and Völuspá
[pp. 483-628]

1st Treatise
nd Treatise

Response from Professor Sophus Bugge
Astrology and Merlin. Reply to Professor Sophus Bugge.


[p. 629]


Published by Albert Bonniers Förlag, Stockholm, 1889.


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