The linguist and philologist Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) is best remembered as co-editor, with his brother Wilhelm, of Grimm's Fairy Tales, though their great Deutsches Worterbuch remains an influential etymological reference work. Grimm's exhaustive study in comparative mythology and religion, Deutsche Mythologie, was first published in German in 1835: this English translation, published between 1880 and 1888, is of the posthumous fourth German edition of 1875. Drawing on his broad knowledge of language and world mythology, Grimm outlines a wide variety of themes in Germanic folklore (such as time, creation, destiny and the soul), comparing them to classical and oriental tales as well as charting the influence of Christianity on legends and on Pagan religion. The first three volumes contain Grimm's account of the myths and legends, while the fourth contains supplementary material and three appendices. This is an invaluable resource for scholars of mythology, religion and German cultural history.
Volume 1: Translator's preface; 1. Introduction; 2. God; 3. Worship; 4. Temples; 5. Priests; 6. Gods; 7. Wuotan, Wodan (Odinn); 8. Donar, Thunar (Thorr); 9. Zio, Tiw (Tyr); 10. Fro (Freyr); 11. Paltar (Balder); 12. Other gods; 13. Goddesses; 14. Condition of gods; 15. Heroes; 16. Wise women. Volume 2: 17. Wights and elves; 18. Giants; 19. Creation; 20. Elements; 21. Trees and animals; 22. Sky and stars; 23. Day and night; 24. Summer and winter; 25. Time and world; 26. Souls; 27. Death; 28. Destiny and well-being; 29. Personifications. Volume 3: Preface; 30. Poetry; 31. Spectres; 32. Translation; 33. Devil; 34. Magic; 35. Superstition; 36. Sicknesses; 37. Herbs and stones; 38. Spells and charms; Index. Volume 4: Preface; Supplement [Collected from the author's posthumous notes, by Prof. E. H. Meyer of Berlin]; Appendix by the author: Anglo-Saxon genealogies; Superstitions; Spells; Index.
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