An analysis of Nordic paganism from pre-Christian times to its influence on present Nordic and Germanic culture.
“One thousand years later in the Viking Age, Nordic paganism developed into its highest form with ritual practices divination and temple worship. The decline of Nordic paganism came about at the end of the Viking era as a direct result of vast economic, political and ideological interaction with Christians and the subsequent empowerment of Christian priests by the Nordic kings. However, many aspects of Nordic paganism continued to survive through its literary legacies, as well as in Scandinavian folk tradition. Nordic culture can give us valuable insight into the formation and development of the Germanic people as a whole. In turn, understanding Nordic culture can assist us in examination of the Germanic scriptures known primarily as the Eddas. This in turn enables us to examine the hero archetypes of Germanic Paganism.”