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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor

By Rick Riordan
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  • Publisher : Disney Electronic Content
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Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.

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A newly discovered material rewrites early Danish Viking history. In 2014 a 11-year-old girl, Maja Sielski, and her younger sister Julia, made a sensational discovery among their deceased grandmother's belongings. They found a small golden plate with a Latin script telling the story of the legendary Viking king Harald Bluetooth. It soon turned out that the golden plate was once placed in the king's tomb and this tomb contained world's largest known golden treasure of Viking-era. A transcript of a previously unknown chronicle, "Gesta Wulinensis ecclesiae pontificum" from the 990s has also been found. The manuscript was written by the king’s own priest Avico, probably in an attempt to canonize the king after his death in year 985. Avico has been in the service of the king since the 950s. His extensive account gives a remarkable and dramatic picture of the Viking age Scandinavia during the 10th century. Here is a story of the struggle for power and the foundation of the future dynasties in Denmark, Sweden and Norway as well as Viking raids in Ireland and England. The account also tells of the founding of the legendary Viking fortress of Jomsborg and the fortress’s powerful mercenaries. The book describes in detail these unique facts, but it also gives an overall picture of the Viking Age era for those who are not familiar with the subject. The Curmsun Disc The Curmsun Disc is a concave gold disc of a weight of 25.23 grams (0.890 oz) and a diameter of 4.5 centimetres (1.8 in). The Danish Viking king Harald Bluetooth and the name of the stronghold of Jomsborg is mentioned in the latin inscription on the disc. The disc was reportedly found as part of a Viking Age hoard discovered in 1841 in the cellar crypt of the ruined chapel at Groß-Weckow village in Pomerania. This location is just east of the bank of the river Dievenow and near the place where the semi-legendary Viking stronghold of Jomsborg stood between the 960's and 1043. According to the author the entrance to the crypt was accidentally discovered by a 12-year-old Heinrich Boldt (actor Ben Affleck's said-to-be maternal great-great grandfather), who was playing with some younger children at a construction site near the ruined chapel.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities

By Charles Russell Coulter,Patricia Turner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 0786491795
  • Pages : 605
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 928
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Throughout history, humans have pondered the question of their existence. In nearly every society, part of the answer has included some form of god or goddess. For the Mayans, one such deity was Ajtzak, who tried to create humans from wood; for the Yorubas of Africa, Shango controlled the thunder and lightning. The Chinese of the Shang dynasty era worshipped Shang Ti. Evil deities were also part of the answer, as in the case of the Kuvera, the Hindu chief of evil in the Vedic period, and Tu, the Persian or Islamic demon of fatal accidents. All of the known ancient gods, many heretofore obscure or known only from mythological literature, are included in this exhaustive reference work. The focus is on their origins, histories, and functions. The people who believed in each deity are identified, along with alternate names or spellings both old and modern. The descriptions that follow are of the functions, origins and physical nature of the deities. Extensive cross references are provided for alternate spellings and names.

The History of Denmark, Sweden and Norway

By S. A. Dunham
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Isbn : EAN:4064066395247
  • Pages : 560
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 584
  • File Pdf: the-history-of-denmark-sweden-and-norway.pdf

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"History of Denmark, Sweden and Norway"is one of the best-known works by a British historian Samuel Astley Dunham. It includes the history of these nations from 40 A.D until the mediaval period. The Pagan Age: Denmark (B.C. 40 to A.D. 1014) Sweden (A.C. 70 to A.D. 1001) Norway (about A.C. 70 to A.D. 1030) Maritime Expeditions of the Northmen During the Pagan Times: In England, France, and Ireland Maritime Expeditions of the Northmen During the Pagan Times: In the Orkneys, the Hebrides, Iceland, Greenland, North America, Russia, etc. Cosmogony and Religion of Scandinavia Introduction of Christianity Into Denmark and Sweden The Middle Age: Denmark (1014-1387) Norway (1030-1387) Sweden (1001-1389)

Journey into Europe

By Akbar Ahmed
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Isbn : 0815727593
  • Pages : 591
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reads : 302
  • File Pdf: journey-into-europe.pdf

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An unprecedented, richly, detailed, and clear-eyed exploration of Islam in European history and civilization Tensions over Islam were escalating in Europe even before 9/11. Since then, repeated episodes of terrorism together with the refugee crisis have dramatically increased the divide between the majority population and Muslim communities, pushing the debate well beyond concerns over language and female dress. Meanwhile, the parallel rise of right-wing, nationalist political parties throughout the continent, often espousing anti-Muslim rhetoric, has shaken the foundation of the European Union to its very core. Many Europeans see Islam as an alien, even barbaric force that threatens to overwhelm them and their societies. Muslims, by contrast, struggle to find a place in Europe in the face of increasing intolerance. In tandem, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination cause many on the continent to feel unwelcome in their European homes. Akbar Ahmed, an internationally renowned Islamic scholar, traveled across Europe over the course of four years with his team of researchers and interviewed Muslims and non-Muslims from all walks of life to investigate questions of Islam, immigration, and identity. They spoke with some of Europe’s most prominent figures, including presidents and prime ministers, archbishops, chief rabbis, grand muftis, heads of right-wing parties, and everyday Europeans from a variety of backgrounds. Their findings reveal a story of the place of Islam in European history and civilization that is more interwoven and complex than the reader might imagine, while exposing both the misunderstandings and the opportunities for Europe and its Muslim communities to improve their relationship. Along with an analysis of what has gone wrong and why, this urgent study, the fourth in a quartet examining relations between the West and the Muslim world, features recommendations for promoting integration and pluralism in the twenty-first century.

The Sacred Tree

By Carole M. Cusack
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443830313
  • Pages : 195
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 681
  • File Pdf: the-sacred-tree.pdf

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The fundamental nature of the tree as a symbol for many communities reflects the historical reality that human beings have always interacted with and depended upon trees for their survival. Trees provided one of the earliest forms of shelter, along with caves, and the bounty of trees, nuts, fruits, and berries, gave sustenance to gatherer-hunter populations. This study has concentrated on the tree as sacred and significant for a particular group of societies, living in the ancient and medieval eras in the geographical confines of Europe, and sharing a common Indo-European inheritance, but sacred trees are found throughout the world, in vastly different cultures and historical periods. Sacred trees feature in the religious frameworks of the Ghanaian Akan, Arctic Altaic shamanic communities, and in China and Japan. The power of the sacred tree as a symbol is derived from the fact that trees function as homologues of both human beings and of the cosmos. This study concentrates the tree as axis mundi (hub or centre of the world) and the tree as imago mundi (picture of the world). The Greeks and Romans in the ancient world, and the Irish, Anglo-Saxons, continental Germans and Scandinavians in the medieval world, all understood the power of the tree, and its derivative the pillar, as markers of the centre. Sacred trees and pillars dotted their landscapes, and the territory around them derived its meaning from their presence. Unfamiliar or even hostile lands could be tamed and made meaningful by the erection of a monument that replicated the sacred centre. Such monuments also linked with boundaries, and by extension with law and order, custom and tradition. The sacred tree and pillar as centre symbolized the stability of the cosmos and of society. When the Pagan peoples of Europe adopted Christianity, the sacred trees and pillars, visible signs of the presence of the gods in the landscape, were popular targets for axe-wielding saints and missionaries who desired to force the conversion of the landscape as well as the people. Yet Christianity had its own tree monument, the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, and which came to signify resurrected life and the conquest of eternal death for the devout. As European Pagans were converted to Christianity, their tree and pillar monuments were changed into Christian forms; the great standing crosses of Anglo-Saxon northern England played many of the same roles as Pagan sacred trees and pillars. Irish and Anglo-Saxons Christians often combined the image of the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden with Christ on the cross, to produce a Christian version of the tree as imago mundi.

Cycles of Norse Mythology

By Glenn Searfoss
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Andrews UK Limited
  • Isbn : 1789820707
  • Pages : 836
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 376
  • File Pdf: cycles-of-norse-mythology.pdf

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These stories are old, old as the Behmer Wold and seldom in life has there been such a brewing... Cycles of Norse Mythology captures the passion, cruelty, and heroism of an ancient world. Encompassing Odin’s relentless pursuit of wisdom across the nine worlds, Gullveig’s malicious death at the hands of the Æsir that sparks a brutal war with the Vanir, Thor’s battles against the giants of Jotunheim, the tragedy of Volund, the many devious machinations of Loki, and the inescapable events of Ragnarök, this lyrical re-imagining of the Norse myths presents the gripping adventures of the Norse gods and their foes in a style to delight modern readers of all ages. A detailed glossary provides a quick reference to the meaning behind names and terms used in the book. A Source Reference is included for persons who want to delve deeper into the study of Norse mythology.

The Magick of Faeries

By Cassandra Eason
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Llewellyn Worldwide
  • Isbn : 0738735914
  • Pages : 264
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 459
  • File Pdf: the-magick-of-faeries.pdf

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Discover how to work magick with faeries and elemental spirits From the world of the wee folk to the history and lore of faeries, you’ll explore all things fey in this easy-to-use, essential guide. The spirits of earth, water, fire, and air—as well as golems and goblins, boggarts and brownies, orcs and ogres—help us tune into the cycles of nature and work with the amazing magick around us. Through practical spells, rituals, and empowerments, The Magick of Faeries will teach you how to use natural energies and essences for wishes, prosperity, love, protection, personal transformation, and family health and happiness. Learn to identify and connect with over a hundred nature spirits, including the local spirits who share your home and guard sacred places. Explore the Treasury of Faerie Wisdom, a collection of useful information that will help you understand the structure of fey magick and create your own rituals. Cassandra Eason’s comprehensive book is your key to living in harmony with the incredible beings of nature.

The swastika

By Thomas Wilson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Isbn : 5878836254
  • Pages : 255
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 978
  • File Pdf: the-swastika.pdf

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With observations on the migration of certain industries in prehistoric times. From the report of the U.S. National Museum for 1894, pages 757-1011, with plates 1-25 and figures 1-374.

Witches Collection

By Pierre Macedo,Jasmine Cooke
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Leirbag Press
  • Isbn : 1777438500
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 443
  • File Pdf: witches-collection.pdf

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In a single book, you have access to the best-selling The Ultimate Book of Magic and Witchcraft: A How-To Book on the Practice of Magic Rituals and Spells and Wicca - Quick Guide for Practitioners, plus a Tarot reading app you can use on your Android phone. BOOK 01: THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT Transform Your Life with Real Spells, Rituals, and Other Practices Taught in This Book The keyword of this book is practicality. It is intended for those who want to practice magic without having to read long theoretical books. The Ultimate Book of Magic and Witchcraft allows you to use magic immediately after opening it. It contains a variety of exclusive spells and rituals, such as love, money, beauty, evocations, protection. It also introduces the reader to magical sigils, such as spirit and planetary sigils. No other book teaches the right way to evoke Lucifer and Michael. No other book gives a detailed beauty ritual with the Norse gods Frey and Freya or a powerful love spell with the mysterious Lilith. No other author ever covered so many subjects, from love to planetary magic, in a single work, as Pierre Macedo did. No matter if you are a white or black magic practitioner, a Wicca follower, or if you need some spiritual help, this work was written for you. Now you have in your hands the key to change the course of your life. Here’s a Small Sample of What You Will Find in This Book of Witchcraft, Rituals and Magic Spells Instructions on how to prepare yourself to perform rituals, cast spells, etc. White magic spells Black magic spells Love spells Manipulation spells Breaking and cleansing spells Magical evocation: instructions on how to summon spirits Planetary magic It’s worth mentioning that this book contains real spells, rituals, and other witchcraft practices that work if you follow all the instructions provided. BOOK 02: WICCA - QUICK GUIDE FOR PRACTITIONERS This book provides all the necessary information you need to create any rituals and spells. It contains lists of spirits you can work with, planets, incense for every occasion, candles, herbs, and many more. All the following areas are covered in this guide. • Friendship • Love • Marriage • Sexual Attraction • Pregnancy • Message / Contact • Health / Healing • Protection • Purification • Enemies • Lucid Dream • Divination • Money • Luck and Success • Beauty It also comes with two exclusive spells for money and love. PRACTICAL TAROT READING Read Tarot cards without a physical deck. Practical Tarot Reading uses the 22 Major Arcana to answer questions just like a traditional reading, but better. Our shuffling algorithm guarantees a completely random shuffling. In other words, it's impossible to predict or control how the cards are presented on the screen, and that's what makes this app so accurate.

The Rise of a Righteous Man Through God's Grace

By Steven Gamble
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Isbn : 1504923979
  • Pages : 262
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reads : 916
  • File Pdf: the-rise-of-a-righteous-man-through-god-s-grace.pdf

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Life moves very quickly at times, and we will always be faced with extreme challenges, difficulties, heartaches, and even tragedies. The real key is how we choose to face adversities. In this book, I will share how I chose to face life during a period of extremely difficult situations that I and my family faced. I will demonstrate how beneficial it is to place those situations in the hands of God and to have faith that he will take care of them all.