Book review - Norse Mythology
review by Becky
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.
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, Odinís son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki?son of a giant?blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thorís hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman?difficult with his beard and huge appetite?to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir?the most sagacious of gods?is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people. Through Gaimanís deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Available on Amazon.com: Norse Mythology
This book is a treasure for long-term fans & those familiar with Norse Mythology & Legends but also an enjoyable introduction to those unfamiliar with the Gods and adventures admired by the Vikings.
He has rejuvenated the Gods, Giants and indeed the magic that makes the legends and adventures. The core and essence of the tales are the same yet reading them through the words of Neil Gaiman is liking seeing the Norse world through a telescope, so far away and then being given a magnifying glass, enlarging the details, qualities, strengths and weaknesses of the Gods and Giants that reflect those the Norsemen revere or fear.
by Neil Gaiman
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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