Book review - From Asgard to Valhalla-
review by Becky
This is the first book to show how the Norse myths have resonated from era to era: from Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf ; and from Wagner's Ring to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor . Heather O'Donoghue considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present. From Asgard to Valhalla is a book that will intrigue and delight anyone with an interest in how the Norse myths have so profoundly shaped the western cultural heritage.
Available on amazon.com here: From Asgard to Valhalla
A truly eye opening, always interesting, well researched book on not the origins of Norse Myths but also their impact on history, culture & politics. I am a life long fan of Norse Mythology and also have read a lot of what I call Norse Fantasy novels which show the continued influence of the legends and characters. I was very pleased to see Heather had looked into two such titles, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Melvyn Burgess's Blood duo.
I am also a comic reader of Thor and have played games that reference of involve Norse Myths.
I learnt a lot more about the myths and their influence in poetry, prose, art, theatre.
The tone and narrative style of the book is very easy to follow, doesn't get boring or laborious at all.
Highly recommend for fans of Norse mythology or with academic interest in this subject
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.
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