Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Introducing an instant classic--master storytellerNeil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of thegreat Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology , Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki--son of a giant--blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor's hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman--difficult with his beard and huge appetite--to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir--the most sagacious of gods--is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393609097
Characteristics: 293 pages


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ArapahoeTom Oct 05, 2020

Neil Gaiman proves that some stories can be timeless.

Sep 24, 2020

I generally loved reading this book. I loved learning about all the tales of the Norse gods. It felt like a was teleported back in time, huddled around the fire in a Viking camp hearing Neil tell the adventures of the gods. Neil tells these tales in an exciting way that doesn't feel boring; he tells them in his own way and encourages the reader to retell these tales in their own way, which I will. I just started to play the 2018 God of War for the Playstation, and that game is the perfect pairing with this book. I was so excited to read and discover more about one of my favourite marvel avengers and Norse methodology's in-depth lore. This book is a wild ride that I fully recommended to anyone. I love comparing the similarity of Norse methodology and modern-day Christianity.

Aug 28, 2020

Wonderful stories told by a master writer.

Jul 10, 2020

I thought that Neil Gaiman did a very good job telling the stories of Norse Mythology. These stories are hard to share because they weren’t really ever written down. Neil did a great job at bringing these historic legends to life.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Feb 19, 2020

Gaiman has had a long fascination with Norse mythology and does an amazing job of making the Norse mythology accessible. i recommend reading in small bites which works well with the his format.

Feb 11, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book after watching the History Channel's "Vikings" series. It was also interesting to note how they used a lot of the Norse God stories in the TV series. Additionally, this book is based on the original poems and records called "The Poetic Edda" for which there's an English translation done by the author Jackson Crawford. Again. Awe inspiring stories, some of which I intend to read to my future children.

Dec 27, 2019

Very quick, easy read. Took me one day to get through because I couldn't stop. I only wish it had been longer and the stories might have been more in depth.

ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Truly fascinating, and really interesting reading about the Norse gods’ stories.

LPL_KatieF Mar 08, 2019

I listened to the audiobook as I was healing from a minor surgery. Neil Gaiman's quick wit and lovely reading voice kept me company while I spent a few days in bed. Loki's antics cheered me up and I learned so much about Norse mythology!

Jan 29, 2019

Here and there, the writing could have been better, and the goings-on presented in a clearer fashion. Even with these flaws, the book is worth reading--especially for those with an interest in the activities of Norse gods, giants, ogres, and the special landscapes they inhabit.

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Aug 25, 2018

“Of course it was Loki. It's always Loki.”

Feb 21, 2017

There were things Thor did when something went wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what had happened was Loki’s fault. Thor pondered. He did not believe that even Loki would have dared to steal his hammer. So he did the next thing he did when something went wrong, and went to ask Loki for advice.


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Feb 21, 2017

In the beginning, there was nothing but the mist world and the fire world. From these came Ymir, a giant both male and female, the first of all beings. Ymir was slain by Odin, called the all-father, for Odin both created the gods that you will read about here, and breathed life into the first humans. In these pages, Thor will acquire his famous hammer, the mighty Mjollnir. Loki will get his fellow gods into and out of trouble countless times, until he finally plays the trick that will lose him their trust once and for all. Witness the creation of the great walls of Asgard, the genesis of the gift of poetry, and the source of the gods’ immortality, as retold by Neil Gaiman.


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