I should have posted here as well. Oops. I just started back to college and am between semester breaks.
Thanks for the heads up on the last two books, I will seek them out. I own the first two.
Regarding these two books:
Indo-European Poetry and Myth
by M. L. West
It's all myth!!!! This book has been long, long overdue. There is one chapter on poetry and the rest is all myth. WWW.BN.COM has a list of the chapters. This is a complete run-through of all the main mythological ideas, told in clear concise language with lots of details and examples. West explores the various theories and then weighs in. He gives different angles, and presents the most probable sides of the theories. For example, he'll say if this one fact or piece of evidence is true, then this conclusion is possible. If that thing is not true, then this conclusion is possible. He tells it like it is. He's got a fun and witty style. I literally laughed in several places reading the book, because he was so playful with the language and scholarship. Brilliant stuff!I If you could only purchase one of these books, this would be the one. I am in absolute awe. I wish this book had been available before I published my last book. I would have referenced it heavily. If you can use the Look Inside feature at Amazon, you can sample the entire text. Better yet, just buy it, you will NOT be disappointed.
West speaks about what various levels of comparison mean and speaks of PIE, and MIE (Mature IE). He details what comparisons you must have to reach each level. Overall, it's a step by step walk through IE myth with all of the promient theories outlined and supported, or "debunked".There is material sources from across the IE spectrum, including many sources I had not heard of, or if I had, had not seen content from them. West pulls out all the stops. He had scholars from each field check the work for accuracy. Margaret Clunies Ross checked the Old Norse/Germanic material. It's accurate, detailed, and used appropriately. He discusses how gods names change, what the sources reveal, and theories that explain it.
The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-
by J. P. Mallory, D. Q. Adams
95% Linguitics, 5% myth. There is one chapter on Divinity and another chapter on gods and mythemes. The second chapter contains a brief summary of the common mythemes and gods. It's very good, but too brief for those mainly interested in myth. I really love Mallory's work,and he and DQ Adams make an excellent team. The Encyclopedia of IE Culture from 1997 is also worth having. It gets more into myth, but again focuses mainly on the culture (including the religion) of the PIE. The good thing about this book is the depth of detail into the IE culture, with chapters such as Food and Drink. It's an excellent book, but focuses more on the people, language and culture. I am pleased with it and I would buy it again. It's really an in-depth work on the entire subject.If you crave myth, you will not leave hungry, but you'll be wanting more.
I will look for the other two books.
Again, thank you for pointing this out.
Viktor Rydberg's Investigations into Germanic Mythology, Vol. II, Part 1: Indo-European Mythology
Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves
Viktor Rydberg's Investigations into Germanic Mythology, Vol. II, Part 2: Germanic Mythology
Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves (iUniverse, 2004)
Our Fathers' Godsaga by Viktor Rydberg, Illustrated by John Bauer
Translated by William P. Reaves (iUniverse, 2003)
Available at bn.com and wherever books are sold.
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