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Initial post: Nov 9, 2010 12:06:25 AM PST
DWC says:
My kids love the Percy Jackson books, and have recently got started on the Egyptian book. As a descendant of Vikimgs, however, I would like to know why there are no books about the Norse gods and heroes. They are an interesting bunch...honest!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2010 7:43:58 PM PST
carter page says:
From my (very) limited knowledge of the subject, the Norse myths originated in Roman occupied areas. The earliest stories were Roman myths with the names changed (the same way the Romans "borrowed" from the Greeks). The Norse myths later evolved without Roman influence, but the Norse God's similarities to the Greek/Roman Gods remain strong. Perhaps in the shared universe of the Heroes of Olympus and the Kane chronicles, the Norse Gods are yet one more aspect of the Greek Gods, the way the Roman Gods are in "The Lost Hero". Ex. Zeus/Jupiter = Odin, Apollo = Balder, Ares/Mars = Tyr, Hera/Juno = Frigga, etc. That's my theory anyway. However, if Rick Riordan considers the Norse Gods an entirely separate Pantheon from the Greek and Egyptian Gods, perhaps he could write a series about them as well. I would love it.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 3:30:34 PM PDT
B N says:
The Age of Odin
Not for your kids but this was a good book with a twist on Norse mythology.

Posted on May 6, 2011 10:40:54 PM PDT
Z. Harley says:
Not really a kids book either, but American Gods brings in the Norse mythology to present day in a very interesting way...and told by one of my fav authors as well.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 2:55:15 PM PDT
Black Storm says:
From what his blog says, he wants to do Norse Mythology. He just hasn't had the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2011 12:00:30 PM PDT
The norse gods and the greek gods are part of an "indo-/european" pantheon that every culture that comes from that language family shares to some extent. Some things are unique to each group (thor for instance, is very old, he carries a stone age weapon, a hammer). The seperation was so much earlier than that of the Romans and the Greeks that it would be hard to stretch the stories to make them part of the same series.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 6:33:33 PM PDT
R. Knorr says:
If you are interested in Norse mythology fiction for kids, check out Nancy Farmer's "Sea of Trolls" trilogy. Vikings are guaranteed to love it! ;o)

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 6:24:09 PM PDT
Sara says:
When I heard him speak last fall, his plan was to start a 3 book Norse series after finishing the Egyptian series. First Norse book should come out May 2013
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