Þórr's Throne Room

Primary Sources: Print

Editions and Translations

  • Magnus,Olaus. Description of the Northern Peoples: Rome 1555. Translated by Peter Foote, London: Hakluyt Society, 1996. Print.
Magnus, Olaus (la.)
b. 1490
d. 1557
Nationality: Swedish
Olaus Magnus was a Swedish writer and Catholic ecclesiastic whose brother Johannes was the last Catholic bishop of Uppsala. The two brothers lived in exile after the Protestant Reformation took hold in Sweden. Olaus was the author of the Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (A Description of the Northern Peoples), which was printed in Rome in 1555.
Þórr (non.)
Thor (en.)
In The Prose Edda Þórr is the son of Óðinn and the giantess Jörð. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal.
Óðinn (non.)
Odin (en.)
The chief god of the Æsir in The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he is a god.
Frigg (non.)
The wife of Óðinn and the mother of Baldr.
Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus A Description of the Northern Peoples In its original format, this work by Olaus Magnus consisted of 815 pages that were divided into 22 books with 778 chapters. It features 480 woodcuts. It was translated into English as A Description of the Norther Peoples by Peter Foote.