Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions--and 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
Branch Call Number: 293.13 G127N 2017
Characteristics: 293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Fire and ice to begin, fire and ice to end. And it's not going to end well, friends: first come the giants, then the all-ravening wolf, and then….The ancient Norse had a cheerless view of the world: the gods are jealous, the elements fierce, the enemies—trolls and giants among them—many, and if ... Read More »

“After reading Gaiman’s account of Norse mythology, I doubt that I will ever forget how the gods of Asgard acquired their treasures. Thor’s hammer that never misses its mark, Frey’s incredible ship that shrinks to the size of a pocketable silk scarf, Odin’s powerful spear, all came to be because ... Read More »

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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.

bookycakes Jan 27, 2019

I just....really like my old Norse myth storybook I had constantly checked out at the library with its beautiful, vibrant illustrations. And Bruce Coville's fun juvenile novel "Thor's Wedding Day." Norse mythology has been so interesting to me for so long that I already have my favorites, and this one felt harsher and darker, as so many books "for adults" do. And I would have liked more stories about the goddesses, even if they had to be imagined. A storyteller like Gaiman certainly would have been able to spin something wonderful about them.

It wasn't bad, but I probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't reading it for a challenge.

Nov 23, 2018

A stunningly presented book, and a great resource to go to for Norse mythology. The idea that we can retell these as suits our needs as storytellers is beguiling.

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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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