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Scandinavian Paganism, to us here, is more interesting than any other. It is, for one thing, the latest; it continued in these regions of Europe till the eleventh century; 800 years ago theN orwegians were stiU worshippers ofO din. It is interesting also as the creed of our fathers ;the men whose blood still runs in our veins, whom doubtless we still resemble in so many ways. .. .T here is another point of interest in theseS candinavian mythologies, that they have been preserved so well. Caelyle sH ero-W orship .W hat Mr. Carlyle says of theS candinavian will of course apply to all Teutonic tradition, so far as it can be recovered; and it was the task of Grimm in his Deutsche Myihologie to supplement theS candinavian mythology (of which, thanks to the I celanders, we happen to know most) with aU that can be gleaned from other sources, High-D utch and Low-D utch, and build it up into a whole. And indeed to prove that it was one connected whole; for, strange as it seems to us, forty years ago it was stU lconsidered necessary to prove it. Jacob Grimm was perhaps the first man who commanded a wide enough view of the whole field ofT eutonic languages and literature to be able to bring into a focus the scattered facts which show the prevalence of one system of thought among all the Teutonic nations from Iceland to theD anube. In this he was materially aided by his mastery of the true principles of Philology, which he was the first to establish on a firm scientific basis, and which enabled him to trace a word with certitude through the strangest disguises. The Comparative Mythology of all nations has made great .
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