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ON

HEROES, HERO-WORSHIP

AND

THE HEROIC IN HISTORY.

BY

THOMAS CARLYLE

[1840.]

LONDON : CHAPMAN AND HALL (LIMITED),

11 HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

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ON

HEROES, HERO-WORSHIP,

AND

THE HEROIC IN HISTORY.

LECTURE I.

THE HERO AS DIVINITY. ODIN. PAGANISM: SCANDINAVIAN

MYTHOLOGY.

[Tuesday, 5th May 1840.] We have undertaken to discourse here for a little on Great Men, their manner of appearance in our world's business, how they have shaped themselves in the world's history, what ideas men formed of them, what work they did ;-on Heroes, namely, and on their reception and performance; what I call Hero-worship and the Heroic in human affairs. Too evidently this is a large topic; deserving quite other treatment than we can expect to give it at present. A large topic; indeed, an illimitable one; wide as Universal History itself. For, as I take it, Universal History, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here. They were the leaders of men, these great ones; the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do or to attain ; all things that we see standing accomplished in the world are properly the outer material result, the practical realisation and embodiment, of Thoughts that dwelt in the Great Men sent

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