The Norse Myths

The Norse Myths

A Guide to the Gods and Heroes

Book - 2017
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The Norse Myths presents the infamous Viking gods, from the mighty Asyr, led by Ó?inn, and the mysterious Vanir, to Thor and the mythological cosmos they inhabit. Passages translated from Old Norse bring this legendary world to life, from the myths of creation to ragnarök, the prophesied end of the world at the hands of Loki's army of monsters and giants, and everything that comes in between: the long and problematic relationship between the gods and the giants, the (mis)adventures of human heroes and heroines, with their family feuds, revenges, marriages, and murders; and the interaction between the gods and mortals.Photographs and drawings show a range of Norse sites, objects, and characters, from Viking ship burials to dragons on runestones. Dr. Carolyne Larrington describes the Norse myths' origins in pre-Christian Scandinavia and Iceland, and their survival in archaeological artifacts and written sources, from Old Norse sagas and poems to the less-approving accounts of medieval Christian writers. She traces their influences into the work of Wagner, William Morris, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and even Game of Thrones in the resurrection of the Fimbulvetr, or "Mighty Winter."
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2017.
ISBN: 9780500251966
Branch Call Number: 293.13 LAR
Characteristics: 208 pages : illustrations (some colour), colour map ; 21 cm


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Dec 29, 2018

There are many wonderful tales and much useful information in this little book. But the compression, both literary and visual is a bit much at times. So many names and events to digest. So many interesting illustrations, a tad too small, in need of better quality. And the names of people, gods, places and events often are presented in what seems half-Anglicized form, so familiar gods seem unfamiliar, leaving one with doubt about their actual names. For me, this was the most irritating aspect of the book. While no doubt accurate, the way the names are presented tend to befuddle--at least this reader.
Even with all these deficiencies, it is worth reading for the richness of tales it holds.

Jan 21, 2018

A solid overview with some useful historical and cultural commentary. This is much more of a scholarly treatment than a literary one; it's beginner-friendly, but still likely to be an interesting read if you come into it with some prior knowledge.

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