For seven centuries, Vikings raided and settled the coast of Scotland and the Hebrides Islands. During that time, the Norsemen and Gaels formed a unique culture as they intermarried and shared belief systems, folklore, and traditions. In this groundbreaking work, the author looks at five pieces of Scottish folklore and illuminates the influence of Norse myths in each.
In Tiel’s Saga and four additional tales, the book reveals the crossovers in mythology. Each tale is accompanied by end notes that go beyond mere citations, but which describe the sources and variations uncovered in author’s research. Historical commentary as well as academic support is provided in appendices.