The Fantasy Guide to Norse Fantasy
by Rebecca Wilson
Norse fantasy is a small and relatively unknown genre of fantasy but it is a rich one complete with a lot of great stories, adventures and novels. If you are looking to travel along with a band of adventuring vikings you might want to check out some of these books. This is a guide to the genre that was written by Rebecca Wilson. If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
You might also want to check out our Fantasy Guide to Viking Historical Fiction
Norse Fantasy is primarily a fantasy novel but which heavily features elements, setting and characters as well as objects from Norse Mythology. The actual context of such novels is a wide variety from settings within the Dark Ages, set within the present day or even in an entirely new world of its own.
Some novels of late have also featured Norse mythology in a Young Adult modern fantasy context and even in a futuristic context. Norse Fantasy novels can be either a retelling of an old Norse legend such as Freya and the necklace of Brisingamen or could be a whole new legend in itself or even portray who the gods of old survive in today's modern secular world where such old beliefs are fading.
The story can centre on the most common Norse Gods such as Odin, Thor, Loki or Freya, or even feature some of the lesser known mythological beings such as Valkyries, Giants and Dwarves. The story could also show how these gods interact with humans whether it's set in the medieval past or the present day. Showing how they influence lives, history and fate.
These books can vary in audience range, some can be found for young adults/teenagers but some are also quite adult and deal with very mature, serious issues and have some very adult scenes in them.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
You can follow her on Twitter @soulchaserbecky.