‘Northern Gods in Marble’: the Romantic Rediscovery of Norse Mythology

  • Knut Ljøgodt
Keywords: Norse myths, Norse heroes, pagan religion, Knud Baade, Romanticism vs Classicism


The Norse myths were rediscovered in the late 18th century, and became important to contemporary culture during the first half of the 19th century. The Romantics discussed the usage of themes from Norse mythology; soon, these themes became widespread in art and literature. Their popularity is closely connected with the national ideals and political situations of the period, but they were often given individual artistic interpretations. The Romantic interest in Norse myths and heroes held sway over artists and writers throughout the 19th century.
How to Cite
Ljøgodt, K. (2012). ‘Northern Gods in Marble’: the Romantic Rediscovery of Norse Mythology. Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms, 1(1), 141-166. https://doi.org/10.7146/rom.v1i1.15854