The Norse Myths

The Norse MythsHere Are Thirty Two Classic Myths That Bring The Viking World Vividly To Life The Mythic Legacy Of The Scandinavians Includes A Cycle Of Stories Filled With Magnificent Images From Pre Christian Europe Gods, Humans, And Monstrous Beasts Engage In Prodigious Drinking Bouts, Contests Of Strength, Greedy Schemes For Gold, And Lusty Encounters The Norse Pantheon Includes Odin, The Wisest And Most Fearsome Of The Gods Thor, The Thundering Powerhouse And The Exquisite, Magic Wielding Freyja Their Loves, Wars, And Adventures Take Us Through Worlds Both Mortal And Divine, Culminating In A Blazing Doomsday For Gods And Humans Alike These Stories Bear Witness To The Courage, Passion, And Boundless Spirit That Were Hallmarks Of The Norse World Kevin Crossley Holland Retells The Norse Myths In Clear, Attractive Prose An Excellent Introduction, Notes, And A Glossary Provide Mythological And Historical Backgrounds And Suggest Parallels With Myths In Other Parts Of The World The Denver Post What We Learned from Thor skip if you remember the movie The universe consists of nine realms The gods live in Asgard, humans live in Midgard, and the Ice Giants live in Jotunheim The nine realms are connected by the roots branches of a tree called Yggdrasill Odin is the Allfather, or most powerful Thor is Odin s son and the god of thunder Sif is one of the warriors from the movie Loki is well, you know who he is The most cunning villain of all time.This is what Marvel showed you But did you also know the other six realms are just as interesting as the first three There s Alfheim, which is home to light elves Vanaheim was once home to a host of gods called the Vanir, until they joined the gods in Asgard after the two realms fought a war, of course Another realm, Nidavellir, is home to dwarves The dark elves live in Svartalfheim Finally, there are Niflheim, the world of the dead, and Hel, realm of the dead.You can see an image of all of the realms here how Odin became so wise.The price might sound pretty hi
When it comes to myths and folktales, I m something of a purist The cultural aspects are often as interesting to me as the stories themselves, so I like to feel like I m getting something relatively authentic Unfortunately, this usually means wading through painfully academic translations, skipping back and forth between sterile prose and dry footnotes, salvaging what entertainment is left in the stories.Rather than simply translate and annotate, Crossley Holland has compiled these stories from multiple sources and retold them in his own lively, but not distractingly modern, voice Far from a dumbing down, he eloquently communicates the spirit of these stories with all of their tension, humor, and remorse Meanwhile, ample academia is tucked into almost one hundred pages worth of intro and notes written in the same lively voice there are no stale footnotes h
I bought this at a tiny occult bookshop near the British Museum in June and have been stretching it out ever since The dork in me really, really enjoys Norse myths And I liked the notes at the end of each tale, where Crossley Holland explained which parts ca
Embarrassing to admit this since I dated for 4 years a wonderful man who eventually went on to get a PhD focusing on Viking burials but I ve never really been able to get excited about the grim dude fest that is Norse Mythology Until this book Told by Kevin Crossley Holland, the stories actually feel exciting now I read one every night, and when I m done I m even motivated to go to the notes section to read its background A great fi
Crossley Holland turns the myths into a cultural event with an informative introduction and copious endnotes, which compose about a fourth of the book.The stories themselves, though, come across as short folk tales for children no offense intended to old Snorri Sturulson and company The one exception, the prophecy of Ragnarok, which packs an entire mythical apocalypse of universal darkness and destruction into four pages It s worth reading, re reading, and a little memorizing Start with Axe
I knew a bit about the Norse Myths before reading this book, but then I read several novels that make extensive use of them Gaiman, American Gods Chabon, Summerland and realized I wanted to learn I liked this retelling because Crossley Holland takes and integrates the six primary literary sources who knew and creates story cycle When I was reading, I had strong contradictory feelings of familiarity and strangeness Some of the character motivations are ones we re all familiar with, but the stories cover unexpected nad interesting ground I particularly like the stories that center on Loki, and began to see how a lot of our current literary and poplular culture traditions might owe a nod to the Norse myths than you might think In one story, Loki turns himself into a fly to sneak into Freyja s bedchamber, and then turns himself into a flea and amuses himself by crawling over her breasts I remember an old Arty Feldman movie in which his character, making
S duci mai departe aceste pove ti i at ta vreme c t lumine noastre vor d inui, oamenii le vor dep na iar i iar Folosi i v de ele a a cum ti i mai bine A a se ncheie volumul despre Miturile Nordului, un fel de Legendele Olimpului din lumea scandinav , i chiar a a s a nt mplat lumea zeilor Odin sau Thor, Lumea de Mijloc, lumea gigan ilor i piticilor este acum chiar mai cunoscut dec t cea a zeilor din Grecia Antic , mul umit lui Tolkien sau a lui George RR Martin Frumos istorisite i ntunecat ilustrate, Miturile Nordului ne poart ntr o lume a legendelor, populat cu nt mpl ri nemaiv zute sau, dimpotriv , foarte apropiate de cele ale religiilor c r ile cre tinismului, se tie, au mprumutat masiv din legende , de personaje ciudate sau fo
I love reading the Norse myths, and this one doesn t disappoint, with plenty of detailed stories The very long introduction provides a welcome list of the pantheon, along with a map of the Norse world, which makes it eas
Very nice introduction to the major Norse gods myths Crossley Holland combines serious scholarship with a strong prose style to make the myths accessible to a cross section of readers, the curious and serious alike I found the extensive Notes section just as enjoyable as the myths themselves. I had always meant to read the Norse myths but had never got around to it until recently I m so glad that I chose Kevin Crossley Holland s retelling of these fascinating myths He has skilfully drawn on multiple sources from pre Christian and Christian Iceland and other Nordic countries however most of all he draws from Snorri Sturluson s Prose Edda written in approx 1220 If you re not familiar with the myths, I would advise reading the introduction beforehand it contains a map of the nine worlds that the Norsemen believed in At least then you can understand the various references to each realm in the myths The myths themselves are far thrilling and entertaining than I thought they would be many of them portray the ongoing tensions and fights between the Gods and the giants I kept thinking how much the works of 20th and 21st C fantasy writers from Tolkien to C S Lewis to Neil Gaiman are influenced by them The Gods and Goddesses are intriguing characters and some are multi faceted in that they are worshipped for than one reason e.g Freya is not just Goddess of love but also of war she rides to battle in a chariot drawn by two cats Loki the trickster has to be one of my favourites It was interesting to read about the traditions and beliefs of pre Christian Scandinavia like the boat burials too I m going to miss reading about the Gods vari