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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.

1. Norse Mythology (2018)

 Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should Read“Remarkable.… Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos.”―Lisa L. Hannett, AtlanticNeil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.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…
Author(s): Neil Gaiman

2. 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. It includes gripping retellings of no less than 34 epic Norse myths – more than any other book in the field – while also providing an equally comprehensive overview of the fascinating Viking religion of which Norse mythology was a…
Author(s): Daniel McCoy

3. 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. These fascinating entries identify particular deities and giants,…
Author(s): John Lindow

4. 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. This book will give you a brief introduction to some of the best-known myths found in the primary…
Author(s): Matt Clayton

5. 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. Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and…
Author(s): Jackson Crawford

6. 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. While there are numerous and vast differences to the Viking morality and way of life, we can also uncover many similarities that can be derived within today’s culture.Understanding the exciting and influential history of these…
Author(s): Dale Hansen

7. 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. Inside you will read about…- The Creation in Norse Mythology- The Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology- The Major Gods and Goddesses- Valhalla- Ragnarok- The Sagas- The…
Author(s): Hourly History

8. 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. For instance, it covers perhaps the most popular of all the Egyptian stories – the myth of Osiris….
Author(s): Matt Clayton

9. 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. Readers young and old alike have the opportunity to explore this fascinating…
Author(s): Kory Aumont

10. 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 oldest and most complete book of its kind • Explains how to personalize the spells through the creation of unique signs and symbols based on the mythic names of Odin and…
Author(s): Flowers Ph.D., Stephen E.

11. 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. Each page features an intricate design, ready to be brought to life with spectacular color. Enjoy relaxing with your favorite shades…
Author(s): Jade Summer

Best Norse Mythology Books Everyone Should Read

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Old Norse Mythology

Author(s): John Lindow
ID: 2896403, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 27 Mb, Format: pdf

Female Goddesses of Norse Mythology : Gefion, Brunhilde, Gullveig, Hel, Frigga, Skadi and Freyja | Grade 3 Children's Folk Tales & Myths

Author(s): Baby Professor
ID: 2850882, Publisher: Baby Professor, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Norse Mythology

Author(s): Shepherd, James
ID: 2763164, Publisher: Arcturus Digital Limited, Year: 2018;2017, Size: 8 Mb, Format: epub

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