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HEIMSKRINGLA is the largest collection of Old Norse and Nordic source texts on the internet – currently some 7300 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

Førkristen jul by Sophie Bønding

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It is a widespread belief that when Christianity came to the Nordic countries around the year 1000, the Christian celebration of Christ's birth replaced an ancient pagan solstice festival. However, it's not that straightforward. Before the Christianization, the word jul, Old Norse jól, seemingly referred to a pagan seasonal festival, but its temporal placement, conceptual content, and cultic expressions have been the subject of intense debate within research. This debate persisted until around 1960, after which it has been more or less dormant, apart from a few recent contributions made after the year 2000.

WE PRESENT: on print

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I begyndelsen var skriget
Vikingetidens myter om skabelsen
By Henning Kure, 2010
I begyndelsen var skriget is an eye-opening proposition for a new understanding of our ancestors' mythology. Most people have an idea that the Vikings divided their world into good and evil, Æsir and giants, who waged war against each other. Snorri Sturluson's 13th-century Edda forms the basis for this perception. In this book, Henning Kure moves behind Snorri and offers a possible Old Norse perspective on the world, man, and life that sheds an entirely new light on the ancient myths. –
Read the Book presentation or order through Heimskringla Reprint.
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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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