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hammers, Germanic mythology, Gri mm, mündig , etc.

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 11:15
staving Andreas Johansson:
>Quoting Sally Caves <scaves@...>: > > > Well, and don't forget Jakob Grimm and his _Deutsche Mythologie_, > wherein he > > tries to gather all Teutonic mythology under the rubric _deutsch_. Tom > > Shippey has just published his book Grimm's Mythology of the Monstrous, a > > volume of essays including one by yours truly on the werewolf, and we > > critique this tendency of his. Stallybrass's translation politely renders > > it "Teutonic Mythology." We'd all agree that Scandinavian is germanIC, but > > not German. > >What's polite with "Teutonic"? - I'm certainly no Teuton! > >Seriously, where does the English habit to use Teutonic=Germanic come from?
Possibly a euphemism? During the period of the two world wars, people in allied countries may have wanted a way of referring to Germanic culture without associating it with a "The Enemy". Pete