On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

Six Lectures

Author: Thomas Carlyle
Published: 1849
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,921 / 255 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.5
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 2,090
mnybks.net#: 1552
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Myth, Reference, Essays
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actual;--their religion, as I say, was the great fact about them. In these Discourses, limited as we are, it will be good to direct our survey chiefly to that religious phasis of the matter. That once known well, all is known. We have chosen as the first Hero in our series Odin the central figure of Scandinavian Paganism; an emblem to us of a most extensive province of things. Let us look for a little at the Hero as Divinity, the oldest primary form of Heroism.

Surely it seems a very strange-looking thing this Paganism; almost inconceivable to us in these days. A bewildering, inextricable jungle of delusions, confusions, falsehoods, and absurdities, covering the whole field of Life! A thing that fills us with astonishment, almost, if it were possible, with incredulity,--for truly it is not easy to understand that sane men could ever calmly, with their eyes open, believe and live by such a set of doctrines. That men should have worshipped their poor fellow-man as a God, and not him only, but stocks and

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