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The Scandanavian "Mists of Avalon"

The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

Femininity, slavery, religion, ownership, magic, hatred, and the intersection of cultures in early medieval Iceland.

Brutal and caustic at times.

Interesting that this book revolves around three (goddess-figure-like) women: "the maiden" (Bibrau, or, as I like to call her, "Satan's Daughter"); "the mother" (Katla, whose life makes me want to weep), and the crone (Thorbjörg, the wise woman of the old pagan ways; akin to a female Gandalf).

And one of its well-fleshed out rivalries is that between Paganism and emerging Christianity in medieval Scandinavia and Iceland.

It's like the Scandinavian Mists of Avalon.