Mythology buffs of Tumblr!
Mayhaps you could help a chick out. I’m looking for some good resources on Norse mythology. Books, websites, documentaries, illustrative daguerreotypes—whatever’s good! I’ve been on a Google hunt, but there’s a lot of dodgy looking sources out there and I’m in research mode for a Thing.
Any helpful suggestions, I welcome them with open arms.
Personally I’d say to look up what archaeologists specializing in Scandinavian iron age write about the norse mythology. You’ll find perhaps some of the driest texts, but probably also the most accurate and with (what I think is extremely important) analyses on how contemporaries actually related to the mythology, made practices around it etc.
I can recommend the blog of one of my professors from my time studying archaeology at Uppsala University, for you especially the norse texts tag.
Also, be sceptical of any text that rants about the magical properties of norse runes. Norse people used runes the way kids use writing - with glee that they have mastered something and often without purpose, like writing “chair” on a chair, because you can or write your name on anything and everything, often mirroring letters etc. Norse runes are one of the few writing systems that we know of, and have deciphered, that did not come into existence for economical reasons.