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Germanska dödsberg
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
2014 (Swedish)In: Vägar till insikt och utsikt: Berg i religiösa traditioner / [ed] Eva Hellman och Lena Roos, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014, 73-92 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper gives a survey of the Germanic conception of a mountain into which the dead were thought to go in the afterlife. I start with investigating the Icelandic saga material, where the idea of the mountain of the dead is frequent. The study then takes the reader to continental Germanic speaking Europe in early Christian time. Here, elements such as the famous King Arthur and, eventually, emperors such as Charlemagne and Frederick II were added to the myth. Incorporated were also chiliastic notions of  the Last Days and the final return of the (salvational) emperor from within the mountain. Finally, the paper looks briefly at the modern reception of the myth in romantic and nationalistic Germany, and ends with the picture of Adolf Hitler shortly before the outbreak of World War II, looking out over Untersberg, the home of the slumbering Emperor Barbarossa, who was expected to return in the final days...

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Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014. 73-92 p.
Keyword [en]
Mountains; Germanic religion; Old Norse religion; King Arthur; millenarianism; Barbarossa; Wild Hunt
National Category
History of Religions History Languages and Literature
Research subject
History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237996ISBN: 978-91-7217-101-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237996DiVA: diva2:769724
Available from: 2014-12-08 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2014-12-08

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