Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Large Print - 2017
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Having already appropriated Odin and Loki for his novel American Gods, Gaiman turns his restless imagination to a retelling of Norse folklore (a youthful interest of his). He begins by introducing us to the three main mythological figures: Odin, the highest and oldest of the gods; his son, Thor, who makes up in brawn what he lacks in brains; and Loki, offspring of giants and a wily trickster. In a series of stories, we learn how Thor acquired his famous hammer, Mjollnir, how Odin tricked a giant into building a wall around Asgard, the home of the gods, how Loki helped Thor retrieve his hammer from the ogre that had stolen it, and how a visit to the land of the giants resulted in the humbling of Thor and Loki. In most of the stories, a consistent dynamic rules as one god tries to get something over on another god, but novelist that he is, Gaiman also provides a dramatic continuity to these stories that takes us from the birth of the gods to their blood-soaked twilight. Employing dialogue that is anachronistically current in nature, Gaiman has great fun in bringing these gods down to a human level. Like John Gardner in Grendel, a classic retelling of Beowulf, and Philip Pullman in his rewriting of Hans Christian Andersen stories, Gaiman takes a well-worn subject and makes it his own.
Publisher: Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2017
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410499493
Branch Call Number: 293.13 G127N 2017
Characteristics: 331 pages (large print) ; 23 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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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.

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.

Nov 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much but, many parts I found myself wanting more. I would read again.

Nov 13, 2018


ACCURACY: The problem with scandanavian and Norse mythology is that we know very little about it. Unlike Greco-Roman mythology, these stories were primarily oral, and it was only during the Christianization when they began to be written down. As a result, when this book said that it was a new way of reading/interpreting Norse Mythology I was relatively skeptical. The stories in this book are the exact same, and if not fewer, than the D’aularies book of Norse Mythology. I didn’t feel as if anything was revived, because unless a new untouched manuscript had been uncovered, it really… hadn’t been revived.
RECOMMENDATION: If you love Neil Gaiman, I guess you’ll want this. I haven’t actually read anything of his apart from this, so if there was some reference to his previous novels I didn’t get it. I bought it because 1) I didn’t have a copy of any mythology book and 2) I really liked the cover… so… yeah.
3 out of 5. 75% fresh. Read it if you want to, but check it out from the library first.

Nov 09, 2018

Phenomenal articulation of tales of Norse Mythos! A trekk through time, culture, and expansive imagination. Absolutely lovely, poetic writings. An amazing masterpiece!

ArapahoeCarmen Sep 19, 2018

I absolutely loved this book! I listened to the audiobook version read by Neil Gaiman himself, it was lovely.

Aug 25, 2018

This was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Each chapter offering a modernized adaptation of some of the greatest stories in Norse history. Hilarious and easy to read from front to back.

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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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