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Finally, the start of The Elements story can begin with this new release of the Labyrinth trilogy. Labyrinth 1: Naked Ground is the element #tenebris - darkness.
Something really strange is going on at the historical nobleman's residence at Lethragard:
It is the summer of 1986 in Copenhagen, and Angelica Lux is thrown in at the deep end, an analyst working for MI6 expected to play the role of Mata Hari in a world where no one really knows what the game is really about, involving a mutilated bog body dressed in the uniform of the SS and a shadowy archaeologist murdered four years previous. Selling from:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WG9FS4
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073WG9FS4
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940154676578
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/labyrinth-1-naked-ground
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1258829786

Book homepage - synopsis and more on:
https://elementamundi.com/theelements/labyrinth-trilogy/1-tenebris/
Labyrinth 1
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Myths of Creation
In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

Hang on a minute, isnøt it the same with Egyptian mythology?
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Myths of Creation
Myths of Creation
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The next volume in the Viking and Norse series is nearing end of first draft. Writing non-fiction is wonderful, but it takes a lot more time to get a book - at least a book that aims to be a useful resource - done. This blog introduces the book in progress and reveal some of what this series is an important undertaking for me. The following is an extract from the introduction.

THE NORDIC WORLD
The Nordic world was one based on a belief in gods. The gods were divided into two groups: The Vanir under Freyr and the Æsir, people who had as their leader one called Othinn, or Odin. We know the gods from myths and the myths we know as fantastic tales, stories told in the past to children explaining how the world came to be and how it functioned, what our place was in it and how our fate was decided, and where we go when we die. How these gods came to be in the world, for the Norse called ‘Middle Earth’, was told in the tales of creation.

What of the gods weren’t gods at all, but were myths created from the tales of real people? And what if these real people, were the ancient bloodlines that came to us through the few, scarce sources that survived centuries of pillage, fire, theft and destruction?

Read more on:
https://elementamundi.com/viking-and-norse-vol-2/
Viking and Norse Vol 2
Viking and Norse Vol 2
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A wonderful collection of photographs from the real world inspired by legends of old.

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On the Norse god Tiw

If there is one deity present in Germanic mythology which can be traced back to Proto-Indo-European times, not just in type as with *Thunaraz but in name then it is *Tiwaz. Although He does not feature prominently in the Eddas we must remember that by the time of the close of the Viking age He had been pushed very much into the background by both *Thunaraz and *Wodanaz who took over many of His original functions. If it were not for etymology we would be much more in the dark about this enigmatic God than we currently are.

More on:

http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.dk/2014/09/tiwaz-his-antiquity-as-germanic-and.html

and also featured on:

http://celto-germanic.blogspot.dk/2013/03/the-cult-of-tiw.html
*Tiwaz, His Antiquity as a Germanic and Aryan Deity
*Tiwaz, His Antiquity as a Germanic and Aryan Deity
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The hunt for Odin...
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Exploring the origins of the #Norse Gods: The #Aesir and the #Vanir

Snorri Sturlason is one of the author's of the Nordic Saga's - in the form of the prose Edda and Heimskringla, telling of the original homelands of the Norse Gods. These medieval texts have their sources in much older tales, past down from one generation to the next.

Many believe the Nordic myths have a foundation in real events, lost to history, but still preserved in the tales and the sagas resulting from them. One such believer was the Norwegian adventurer-explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

Could these tales have some true geographical and historical basis?

#ThorHeyerdahl devoted the last years of his life to finding the origins for the tales of Odin the great King of the South: Heyerdahl made four visits to Azerbaijan in 1981, 1994, 1999 and 2000.

He had long been fascinated with the rock carvings that date back to about 8th-7th millennia BCE at Gobustan (about 30 miles west of Baku). He was convinced that their artistic style closely resembles the carvings found in his native Norway. The ship designs, in particular, were regarded by Heyerdahl as similar and drawn with a simple sickle–shaped lines, representing the base of the boat, with vertical lines on deck, illustrating crew or, perhaps, raised oars.

Based on this and other published documentation, Heyerdahl proposed that Azerbaijan was the site of an ancient advanced civilization. He believed natives migrated north through waterways to present-day Scandinavia using ingeniously constructed vessels made of skins that could be folded like cloth. When voyagers traveled upstream, they conveniently folded their skin boats and transported them via pack animals.

On Heyerdahl's visit to Baku in 1999, Heyerdahl spoke of a notation made by Snorri Sturluson, a 13th-century historian-mythographer in Ynglinga Saga which relates that "Odin came to the North with his people from a country called Aser."

(see also House of Ynglings and Mythological kings of Sweden).

Heyerdahl accepted Snorri's story as literal truth, and believed that a chieftain led his people in a migration from the east, westward and northward through Saxony, to Fyn in Denmark, and eventually settling in Sweden.

Heyerdahl claimed that the geographic location of the mythic Aser or Æsir matched the region of contemporary Azerbaijan - "east of the Caucasus mountains and the Black Sea".

"We are no longer talking about mythology," Heyerdahl said, "but of the realities of geography and history. Azerbaijanis should be proud of their ancient culture. It is just as rich and ancient as that of China and Mesopotamia."

One of the last projects of his life, Jakten på Odin, 'The Search for Odin', was a sudden revision of his Odin hypothesis, in furtherance of which he initiated 2001–2002 excavations in Azov, Russia, near the Sea of Azov which received a lot of harsh criticism in Norway.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakten_på_Odin

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A COMPLEX MYSTERY-THRILLER AND THE BEGINNING OF AN EPIC IN CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Everyone has a secret… The beginning of The Elements epic opens amidst the dark forests of Sweden, where no one really is, who they say they are.

Something strange has been going on at for a very, very long time… Ten years in the making, the prologue to the epic Elements series involves a notorious wilderness with a macabre past; a reconstructed Viking church by the shore of a Swedish lake. And a painting, a lost masterpiece framed in runic inscriptions without an owner – all connected with a crime that was never meant to be solved and a shadowy figure from the past – archaeologist Karl Oskar Eklund…

FEAR OF BROKEN GLASS IS A CRIME, A MYSTERY AND A THRILLER…

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https://elementamundi.com/theelements/prologue/

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On Norse Mythology
Tolkien used Nordic sources for constructing many of his tales. He used many European cultures, in the construction of his languages. But for me, the most interesting aspect is reading and discovering for myself those tales and snippets of mythology he used to construct both the works, the Silmarillion, The Hobbit and of course and The Lord of The Rings.

So here's a little treat, a free downloadable google book that is available because copyright has expired: You can use it as you want.

I am building a nice library of many free google books useful in developing The Elements in the same way Tolkien did nearly a century ago. Many of them despite being old, are still as timeless as the day they were written...

See:
http://books.google.dk/books?id=B8soAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Hemisphærum Avstrale Coelestium

Is the title of a plate by German Jesuit priest Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680) of a graphic representation of the heavens made in his work Oboliscus Aegyptiacus. Kircher was the brightest scientific star of his day. Towards the end of his life, though he was to be eclipsed by the rationalism of René Descartes and others he is still “a giant among seventeenth-century scholars… one of the last thinkers who could rightfully claim all knowledge as his domain”.

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Hemisphærum Avstrale Coelestium
Hemisphærum Avstrale Coelestium
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