Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. 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, Odins 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. Through Gaimans deft and witty prose, these gods emerge 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....
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Norse Mythology Reviews
Interesting folklore told competently, descriptively and cleverly. That's about the gist of it.
Most of the stories were new to me. Some of them I enjoyed more than others. All of the blurbs describe this as Gaiman's "version/rendition/interpretation" of the mythos (and he presents a good rendition) rather than actual fiction. As such, this was more of a "that was cool I'm glad I read that" read than a "whoa coolest book ever!" read.
Favorites: The Treasures of the Gods, Freya's Unusu ...more
Εντάξει.. τι θα περίμενε κάποιος από έναν μάστερ των παραμυθιών;
Εδώ λοιπόν έχουμε τις κυριότερες στιγμές της Σκανδιναβικής Μυθολογίας (αλήθεια, ξέρετε ότι κατά τον εκχριστιανισμό των Βόρειων Κρατών καταστράφηκε το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των γραπτών τους, οπότε μικρό μόνο μέρος της παράδοσής τους έχει μείνει σε εμάς; Άντε, μην τα βάζουμε μόνο με τους δικούς μας παπάδες!!!) από την αρχή όλων μέχρι το Ράγκναροκ και το τέλος των θεών. Ιστορίες με θεούς που παρουσιάζουν πολλές αδυναμίες και είναι ιδιαίτερα ...more
This book is suitable for introduction of Norse Mythology. The book is pretty short and each story is pretty simple and not too tragic, compared to Norse Mythology that I've read on Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.
There are two things which fascinates me when reading this book:
1. there is hint about real life culture acculturation in Norse mythology with the story of Vanir and Aesir. When I was a child, I was confused with the concept of two countries of gods had war then made peace ...more
First off the cover of this book is amaze balls! I just freaking love it! ❤
Many gods and goddesses are named in Norse mythology. You will meet quite a few of them in these pages. Most of the stories we have, however, concern two gods, Odin and his son Thor, and Odin's blood brother, a giant's son called Loki, who lives with the Aesir in Asgard.
I have always wanted to read a good book on Norse Mythology and I think Neil Gaiman did a great job explaining some things before the stories.
The diffe ...more
I have a confession.....Neil Gaiman is my literary crush (well, one of two) and it in no way influences my feelings for this book. Well, maybe it does. I love everything that he writes and this one is no exception. When I saw he had a new book coming out on Norse Mythology I couldn't wait to get it.
Norse Mythology is a series of stories of myths of the Norse Gods. You learn about Odin, Thor, Loki and many others, how they all came to be. You learn of Asgard, the giants, dwarfs, and more. You he ...more
So I had made this New Year resolution about not buying new books, because I went a little insane last year and I am running out of shelf space. Predictably, that all went to Hell the moment I saw "Norse Mythology" at the book store… I should make more realistic resolutions, because I really can't resist a new Neil Gaiman book…
I have always been fascinated with mythology. My mother gave me a copy of Robert Graves' "The Greek Myths" when I was a kid, and I must have read it a hundred times; I sub ...more
Full review now posted!
When I was a little girl, I was completely obsessed with mythology. Greek, Roman (or Greek with different names, because Rome was nothing if not unoriginal), Norse, Egyptian, Indian, Native American, Japanese, Russian, etc, were all equally interesting to me. I wanted to know what ancient civilizations believed and why, and how those beliefs still influenced their culture. My faith was important to me and heavily influenced how I viewed the world, so why wouldn’t I be inte ...more
“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days...”
If there is one thing you cannot do when you pick up a Gaiman book, it is not reading the introduction. Sometimes I think I read Gaiman only because of his introductions. (Totally untrue. I read him for many reasons, far more than I can count and let alone explain, the most important of which being: me being hopelessly in love.)
I believe I've already mentioned this in my review of The Hamm ...more