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Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
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Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

by Nancy Marie Brown
 

ISBN-10: 1137278870

ISBN-13: 9781137278876

Pub. Date: 01/07/2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

An Indie Next pick for December 2012, Song of the Vikings brings to life Snorri Sturluson, wealthy chieftain, wily politician, witty storyteller, and the sole source of Viking lore for all of Western literature. Tales of one-eyed Odin, Thor and his mighty hammer, the trickster Loki, and the beautiful Valkyries have inspired countless writers, poets, and

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An Indie Next pick for December 2012, Song of the Vikings brings to life Snorri Sturluson, wealthy chieftain, wily politician, witty storyteller, and the sole source of Viking lore for all of Western literature. Tales of one-eyed Odin, Thor and his mighty hammer, the trickster Loki, and the beautiful Valkyries have inspired countless writers, poets, and dreamers through the centuries, including Richard Wagner, JRR Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman, and author Nancy Marie Brown brings alive the medieval Icelandic world where it all began. She paints a vivid picture of the Icelandic landscape, with its colossal glaciers and volcanoes, steaming hot springs, and moonscapes of ash, ice, and rock that inspired Snorri's words, and led him to create unforgettable characters and tales. Drawing on her deep knowledge of Iceland and its history and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown gives us a richly textured narrative, revealing a spellbinding world that continues to fascinate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137278876
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
465,897
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Iceland in Snorri's Time vi

Snorri's Family Tree viii

Preface Gandalf ix

Introduction The Wizard of the North 1

1 Odin's Eye 9

2 The Uncrowned King of Iceland 37

3 On the Quay at Bergen 69

4 Norse Gods and Giants 103

5 Independent People 137

6 The Ring 171

Acknowledgments 207

Notes 209

Further Reading 235

Index 238

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