Germanic origins. A study in primitive culture contains a wide variety of information about Germanic culture. The book is initially mostly concerned with Germanic influence on the British isles, and England in particular.
All the Germanic sources of language, literature, and institutions of the great English-speaking race have their place in this work. Germanic origins aims to give an account of the founders of that race while they still held their old home, their old faith, their old customs. The author has tried to free his text from cumbrous allusions, and to put into the notes material for wider study. These notes, as well as a portion of the introductory chapter, tell the reader what sources have been consulted in the making of the book itself. Quotations at second hand occur only where the authority from which they are taken is itself of the first class, such as Grimm on mythology, Müllenhoff on archaeology, or Waitz on institutions.
Germanic origins contains 16 chapters:
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