The Northlore series are three books with a single vision: to explore the rich history, culture and traditions of the Scandinavian peoples. From Folklore, to Mythology to the Legends of the Vikings, these books will take you on an adventure. Be lead astray by Trolls and Huldr, or let Odin and Thor protect and advise you. Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone in the North Lore.
The first Volume of the Northlore Series, “Folklore”, was released in June 2015.
The word folk-lore first appeared in print in 1846, yet the concept it encompassed was far from new. Storytelling is probably as old as humankind itself, and the fables that cultures develop and transmit down through the ages reveal much of what they once thought and believed. This is certainly true of the northern peoples, whose stories reveal a fascination with what today we would term, paranormal phenomena. If the ancient forebears of modern Scandinavia believed in anything, it was unseen spirits, creatures of the forest, and things that went bump in the night.
The Scandinavian peoples came originally from a world of mists and forests, a landscape that spawned a rich history of myth and legend, which entered the collective psyche and formed the bedrock of their soul. Although severely diminished by the arrival of Christianity in the last millennium, these beliefs never fully died out. Many have been preserved as fragments in songs and sagas, while others survive as stories, still told by parents to their children.
Needless to say, these tales were far from being merely entertainment. They had a valid and often chilling message relevant for a pagan people. At the root of the stories, there are lessons to be a learned; little nuggets of wisdom that made sense in their time, and perhaps still makes sense today.
This collection owes itself to inspiration from these ancient tales, retold now in new and sometimes surprising ways. Through humour, adventure and nightmarish horror, we find Trolls in caves, Huldr in forests, Witches and Selkies and mischievous Elves far closer to home than you might ever wish. Welcome to the Northlore series. Warning. Do NOT feed the animals.