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Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should Read

Our list of some of the best Norse Mythology books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion (2016)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadThe Viking Spirit is an introduction to Norse mythology like no other. As you’d expect from Daniel McCoy, the creator of the enduringly popular website Norse Mythology for Smart People, it’s written to scholarly standards, but in a simple, clear, and entertaining style that’s easy to understand and a pleasure to read.
Author(s): Daniel McCoy

Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs (2002)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadNorse Mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland and outlines the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.The book begins with an Introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place in history, followed by a chapter that explains the meaning of mythic time, and a third section that presents in-depth explanations of each mythological term.
Author(s): John Lindow

Norse Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Norse Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Legends, Sagas and Myths of the Norse Gods and Heroes (2018)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadThe stories from Norse mythology linger in our culture today. Four days of our week are named after members of the Norse pantheon (Tyr, Woden (Odin), Thor and Frigg). Wagner’s Ring Cycle has kept one version of one of the great Norse stories alive in the minds of music lovers. Readers of modern fantasy will find many echoes of the Norse tales as well. Something in these old and puzzling stories still has the power to move and unsettle us and to inspire new acts of creation.
Author(s): Matt Clayton

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics) (2015)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should Read"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.
Author(s): Jackson Crawford

Norse Mythology: Tales of Norse Gods, Heroes, Beliefs, Rituals & the Viking Legacy. (2017)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadTales are often told marking the Vikings as no more than simple horn-helmeted explorers, infamous to abuse, pillage and plunder all that stood in their way. However, many of us lack to see the parallels aligned with modern culture, and the influences our Viking ancestors provided and passed down to our own aspects of modern practices, beliefs, languages and pastimes.
Author(s): Dale Hansen

Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas and Beliefs of Norse Mythology (Greek Mythology – Norse Mythology – Egyptian Mythology) (2019)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadNorse MythologyAn introduction to such a vast subject as Norse Mythology can be problematic as it could well fall between two stools; so packed with details as to put one off, or so vague, that one is none the wiser for having read it. This text manages a pleasing balance, succeeds in whetting the appetite and supplying excellent online resources for the reader who wishes to find out more.
Author(s): Hourly History

Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, Norse Mythology, Celtic Mythology and Roman Mythology (2017)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadThe broad arc of the first manuscript takes us from the dim beginnings of creation as seen in the Greek mythology. We move through the birth of Titans, their overthrow by the Olympian gods, the gods’ dealings with mortals like Paris of Troy, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Trojan War, and into historical times. The second part is full of fascinating facts and stories.
Author(s): Matt Clayton

Norse Mythology: Tales of Norse Myth, Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Rituals & Viking Beliefs (2018)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadBefore the tide of Christianity cast its influence over the greater part of the Western World, magic and tradition were rich in the lives of the Nordic people. These great men and women of lore speak to us of glorified battles, strong noble bloodlines, and honor in the face of adversity. We celebrate the incredible tales of Loki and Frigga, the mighty Thor and the all-powerful Odin. Now the annals of history have offered us the great gift of studying and understanding this magnificent culture.
Author(s): Kory Aumont

Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires (2016)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should ReadA practical guide to the magical systems of pre-Christian Iceland • Reveals spells and workings drawn directly from surviving magical books from the 16th to 20th century preserved at the National Library in Reykjavík • Explores the history of magic in Iceland through original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the olde…
Author(s): Flowers Ph.D., Stephen E.

Norse Mythology: An Adult Coloring Book with Powerful Norse Gods, Beautiful Norse Goddesses, Mythological Creatures, and Legendary Heroes (2017)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should Read2019 Gift IdeasFans of Norse mythology will love this mythical coloring book from bestselling publishing brand, Jade Summer.Our Norse Mythology coloring book is filled with Norse Gods, beautiful princesses and exquisite creatures. Along the way you’ll meet Thor, Odin, Freya, Frey, and the Valkyries. Discover magical dragons, birds of prey, angry bears, and epic sea creatures as you come face to face with this legendary world.Join us on a Norse adventure for hours of fun.
Author(s): Jade Summer

Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some norse mythology books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Norse Paganism: The Spirituality Guide of Norse Religion, Runes and Ceremonies

Author(s): Neil Legend
ID: 3519781, Publisher: Top Notch International, Year: 2022, Size: 376 Kb, Format: epub

Volcanoes in Old Norse Mythology: Myth and Environment in Early Iceland (Borderlines)

Author(s): Mathias Nordvig
ID: 3110749, Publisher: Arc Humanities Press, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Introduction to Norse Mythology for Kids: A Fun Collection of the Greatest Heroes, Monsters, and Gods in Norse and Viking Myth

Author(s): Peter Aperlo
ID: 3118140, Publisher: Bloom Books for Young Readers, Year: 2021, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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