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The Norse Myths (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) Paperback – July 12, 1981
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The heart of the book consists of 32 myths, arranged in basically a chronological order - beginning with the creation of the world / Ymir, and ending with Ragnarok.
This is followed by notes (of a more academic nature) keyed to each of the 32 stories, where he gives additional information, sources, parallels in other cultures, and interpretations.
The writing style moves well, and the myths are told in a way that holds the reader's interest. Younger folks may well need to start with something a little simpler, like D'Aulaire or "Gods & Heroes from Viking Mythology" published by Schocken Books, but for adult readers looking for an intelligent introduction to Norse mythology, this book can't be beat.
The introduction is probably the most helpful of all introductions I found in books on Northern mythology. It starts with the role of geography in the shaping of Northern myths and proceeds to explain the cosmology and the pantheon of the ancient Anglo-Saxon peoples. It even contains a graphical representation of the mighty world tree Yggdrasill, which is very helpful in understanding the structure of various realms of the world of Northern mythology.
I cannot tell enough good things about the myths themselves. And the only way to appreciate them is to read them. The first myth in the book is the myth of creation, and the last myth is, of course, Ragnarok. The notes complement the tales and can be read after you are done with all the myths. I find many notes enlightening. I highly recommend this book
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Light Norse myths. Not the hardcore blood and rape stories (sad face). Well, there is some hanky panky mentioned or referred to, so maybe do not read it to the 5-year-old, but that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Driver
A complete book of Norse Myths. I have not started reading it yet, but in glancing at it I love how it's done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Toni
Very clear, detailed and interesting set of stories! An intelligent and comprehensive interpretation, though sometimes repetitive. Recommended!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent retelling of the Norse Myths in modern language. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by TJ