A Book of Myths (Illustrated in Color) [NOOK Book]

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This book is intended for those who care to read stories, through which runs the same humanity that their own hearts know. For although the old worship has passed away, it is almost impossible for us to open a book that does not contain some mention of the gods of long ago. In our childhood we are given copies of Kingsley's Heroes and of Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. Later on, we find in Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Keats, Shelley, Longfellow, Tennyson, Elizabeth Browning, and a host of other writers, constant ...
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Overview

This book is intended for those who care to read stories, through which runs the same humanity that their own hearts know. For although the old worship has passed away, it is almost impossible for us to open a book that does not contain some mention of the gods of long ago. In our childhood we are given copies of Kingsley's Heroes and of Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. Later on, we find in Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Keats, Shelley, Longfellow, Tennyson, Elizabeth Browning, and a host of other writers, constant allusion to the stories of the gods.

Scarcely a poet has ever written but makes mention of them in one or other of his poems. It would seem as if there were no get-away from them. We might expect in this twentieth century that the old gods of Greece and of Rome, the gods of our Northern forefathers, the gods of Egypt, the gods of the British race, might be forgotten. But even when we read in a newspaper of airplanes, someone is more than likely to quote the story of Bellerophon and his winged steed, or of Icarus, the flyer, and in our daily speech the names of gods and goddesses continually crop up. The silvery substance in our thermometers and barometers is named Mercury. Blacksmiths are accustomed to being referred to as "sons of Vulcan," and beautiful youths to being called "young Adonises". We accept the names of newspapers and debating societies as being the "Argus," without perhaps quite realising who was Argus, the many-eyed. We talk of "a panic" and forget that the great god Pan is father of the word. Even in our religious services we go back to heathenism. Not only are the crockets on our cathedral spires and church pews remnants of fire-worship, but one of our own most beautiful Christian blessings is probably of Assyrian origin: "The Lord bless thee and keep thee . . . The Lord make His face to shine upon thee .... The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon thee . . ." So did the priests of the sun-gods invoke blessings upon those who worshipped.

We make many discoveries as we study the myths of the North and of the South. In the story of Baldur we find that the goddess Hel ultimately gave her name to the place of punishment precious to the Calvinistic mind. And because the Norseman very much disliked the bitter, cruel cold of the long winter, his heaven was a warm, well-fired abode, and his place of punishment one of terrible frigidity. Somewhere on the other side of the Tweed and Cheviots was the spot selected by the Celt of southern Britain; on the other hand, the eastern mind, which knew the terrors of a sun-smitten land and of a heat that was torture, had for a hell a fiery place of constantly burning flames.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015491128
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 840,609
  • File size: 16 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    me

    Im a kid &I dont like this book. I dint understand it. I'll rate it a 1.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    ?

    Not a kids book i would say maybe 13 and up

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Excellent Collection of Myths for All Ages

    If you love myths and mythology like I do, a collection like this one is a true blessing.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Not easy to understand

    It is a book that even advanced 9 year old reader can't fully understand this book.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Please don't buy it, just for me

    There is a reason it is free

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Excellent Gift for Bright Children

    This is a truly excellent gift for smart children who are interested in the imaginary world of mythology. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Umm what?

    Did not get it at all it is horrible and i am a kid sayin EVERYONE

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Okay...

    The layout is tricky but i think ill figure it out.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Love it ! I love myths

    Myths are great

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    ?...

    She nodded, a pained expression on her face.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Love myths

    I LOVE greek myhtholgy it is awesome i know all the greek gods on mount olympus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Hadleyloveskittens

    It is very cool ..... I think

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Help..

    What myths or stuff is in here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Anonomous

    Gr8 book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Sounds good..

    But what myths does it have? Greek? Roman? Other stuff I can't spell? - ari:)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    QUESTION

    Is there anything about Loki in this? Or even thor?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    TERRI

    SORRY STUIPID MOMENT...........(hehehahahoho).......um.byby.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    To anonymus on march 22

    If you want nook ***,you should allison the time traveling wierdo. It talks about how she wanted to change her kid's dad problem,so she went back in time and had *** with another guy. Good book.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Bad

    Very boring :P

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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