Revisit the Norse gods and myths in this quick and enjoyable read and hear them in a way that you have never heard them told before. In this small gem you will meet Norse gods you may never have known about and find the answers to such burning questions as “Was Thor’s hair really blond?” and “Did Loki have a family?” plus much more.
In Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman stays true to source material while writing in his own unique style. He has gone back to the original written sources from 13th century Iceland – the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda which are oral songs and stories collected by medieval Christian scholars. While Thor, Loki, Odin and Asgard are well known from the Marvel comics and films these 15 tales take you further into the strange and fascinating world of gods, giants, betrayals, a slanderous squirrel, elves, dwarves, and the Valkyries. I especially enjoyed Freya’s Unusual Wedding. I laughed the entire time I was reading it. This is a fantastic, funny, and sometimes sobering read and the myths are arranged in chronological order from the world’s birth to its apocalypse, Ragnarok. There are so many Norse myths we do not have and so much we do not know but Neil Gaiman makes the stories that remain something special. While the familiar Norse gods are here – Thor, Odin, and Loki – there are other gods as well – Balder (Odin’s son), Freya (goddess of beauty) Tyr (the one handed god of war). There is also a section at the beginning called The Players that introduces you to Thor, Odin and Loki in greater detail as well as a very helpful glossary at the end of the book. The language Neil Gaiman uses makes the retelling of these myths fresh and engaging and this is a great general introduction to Norse mythology.