As far back as the late first century CE, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote a book on the Germanic tribes who dwelt north of the Empire (Germania), which is a great source of the religious views and practices of the Old Religion.
However, the greatest source is the material written in the Old Norse language from around 800 to 1400 CE. Scandinavians and Icelanders held onto their traditional religion far longer than more southerly Germanic peoples. If it wasn’t for the Icelandic poems, discussions, and sagas that have handed down to us, the ancient Old Religion of the Norse and Germanic peoples would have been lost to us.These, then, are the three main sources of Norse mythology:
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