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HEIMSKRINGLA is the largest collection of Old Norse and Nordic source texts on the internet – currently some 7500 titles.

HEIMSKRINGLA primarily consists of eddic texts, sagas, and scaldic poetry, secondarily of background material and sources related to Sami culture.

HEIMSKRINGLA is based on the belief that these texts – as part of our common cultural heritage – should be freely available to everyone.


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WE PRESENT: digitalized

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Stednavne og førkristne kultsteder
by Carsten Lyngdrup Madsen, 2018.
When the god Thor had once been grossly humiliated among the giants and his hammer had proved ineffective, he stood deeply shaken and confused outside their gate, ready to return home. Then the giant Utgard-Loki approached him, first to rub salt in the wound by asking how Thor himself felt the visit had gone, and then to tell him that it had all been one great illusion. And if he doubted this, he and his companions on the journey home could simply look to see if they did not find traces in the landscape of his hammer. - The place names which this book deals with are precisely such traces in the landscape of pre-Christian religion. They are the group of names called sacral place names, i.e. names which tell of the old gods and the old cult sites. – Now you can read the entire book online on Heimskringla.
WE PRESENT: on print

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Nordens ældste digt
– Vølvespå

by Frederik Hammerich, 1876

Nordens ældste digt - Vølvespå is a brief monograph about the most important poem of the Poetic Edda – The Völuspá. The author Frederick Hammerich places the poem within its historical context and thoroughly examines its main themes and their significance, taking into consideration the emerging Christian way of thinking. In the final part of the book, the author offers his own translation of the poem alongside the Old Norse text.

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Special features

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  • E-Library: Links to some 400 books - all available online.
  • Gallery: Visit Heimskringla's gallery of historical sites etc.
  • Biographical Index: Briefly on manuscript collectors, scholars, and authors who have had an influence on the conservation, publication and interpretation of Old Norse source material.

About the HEIMSKRINGLA-project and the people behind it

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