I have already mentioned the existence of aprimordial Nordic-Hyperborean tradition. In the peoples living at the time of the invasions we can find only fragmentary echoes and obscure memories ofsuch a tradition, which leave a wide margin to popular legends and to super-stition. In any event, these memories were such that forms of a tough, warlike,and rough-hewn life prevailed over everything spiritual. The Nordic-Germanictraditions of the time, which were largely constituted by the Eddas, retainedslight residues whose vital possibilities appear to have been exhausted and inwhich little was left of the wide scope and metaphysical tension that wereproper to the great cycles of the primordial tradition.
Julius Evola in The Mystery Of The Grail p. 121