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Pre-Christian Gods of Old England in Art and Literature

Woden’s Barrow (Adam’s Grave), Wiltshire, overlooking the Vale of Pewsey.  Woden’s Dyke (Wansdyke) lies beyond the barrow (Sam Newton, October 2008).

with Steve Pollington

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 27th February 2010

Afresh look at the evidence for the gods of the English – literary, toponymic and archaeological. The old gods were not forgotten when the church triumphed, and with a holistic approach it may be possible to glimpse them in our Anglo-Saxon cultural remains.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The God(s) Problem - Background to the study of the subject. Comparative mythology  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Kings and Holy Men - The sky-god, the cult of Woden  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Hazards of War - Warrior traditions, the gods of war  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Round of the Year - Gods of peace and plenty, crops and production  
  16:15 Close  

About Steve Pollington

Steve Pollington has been active in Old English studies for over twenty years. Aside from authoring a dozen books on various aspects of early English culture and language, he has recorded CDs, worked as a script advisor for television, appeared on television and radio, and contributed to the prestigious Oxford Companion to Military History.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Branston, B., The Lost Gods of England (London, 1957)
Ellis Davidson, H.R., Scandinavian Mythology (London, 1969)
Ellis Davidson, H.R., Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe (New York, 1988)
Ewing, T., Gods and Worshippers in the Viking and Germanic World (Stroud, 2008)
Glosecki, S.O., Shamanism and Old English Poetry (New York, 1989)
Griffiths, B., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic (Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 1996)
Grigsby, J., Warriors of the Wasteland, (London, 2002)
Grigsby, J., Beowulf and Grendel (London, 2005)
Herbert, K., Spellcraft: Old English Heroic Legends (Pinner, 1993)
Herbert, K., Looking for the Lost Gods of England (Pinner, 1994)
Motz, L., The King, the Champion and the Sorceror: A Study in Germanic Myth, Studia Medievalia Septentrionalia no.1 (Vienna, 1995)
North, R., Heathen Gods in Old English Literature, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England, 22 (Cambridge, 1997)
Oosten, J.G., The War of the Gods. The Social Code in Indo-European Mythology (London, 1985)
Orchard, A., Pride and Prodigies. Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf. Manuscript (Cambridge, 1995)
Scott Littleton, C., The New Comparative Mythology. An Anthropological Assessment of the Theories of Georges Dumézil (Berkeley, 1973)
Shippey, T. (ed.), The Shadow-Walkers. Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous (Turnhout, 2005)
Simek, R., Dictionary of Northern Mythology, (Cambridge, 1993)
Stone, A., Ymir’s Flesh. Northern European Creation Mythologies (Loughborough, 1997)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London, 1991)
Whitelock, D.A., The Audience of Beowulf (Oxford, 1951)
Wilson, D., Anglo-Saxon Paganism (London, 1992)

Bookings

Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  This Study Days are £ 38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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