The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Padraic Colum
     
 

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The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes (1920) is a lyrical introduction to the myths and epic legends of the ancient Scandinavians. Fusing the disparate mythic accounts of his medieval sources, Irish-American poet Padraic Colum fashions a powerful tale of the divine adventures of gods and men, locked in an inexorable march of fate.  Written in

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The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes (1920) is a lyrical introduction to the myths and epic legends of the ancient Scandinavians. Fusing the disparate mythic accounts of his medieval sources, Irish-American poet Padraic Colum fashions a powerful tale of the divine adventures of gods and men, locked in an inexorable march of fate.  Written in a style accessible to both children and adults, Colum's work offers a haunting and evocative portrait of the mythic world of the Viking Age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411428430
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
563,713
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Padraic Colum was born in 1881 at Collumbkille, County Longford, Ireland, and was the oldest of eight children.  He was active in the Gaelic League and Irish Republican Army, and wrote plays for the Abbey Theatre, the premiere dramatic venue for Irish playwrights at the turn of the twentieth century.  He was acquainted with the prime movers of the Irish literary renaissance, including James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Lady Gregory.  In 1914, he emigrated from Ireland and settled in the United States, where he began a new career writing storybooks for children.  By the end of his career, he had published over fifty works.  He died in 1972.

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The Children of Odin Nordic Gods and Heroes Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Erik94 More than 1 year ago
Dost thou like mythology? If thou dost so, then thou would like this book. Telled in a easy way, with a correct use of the vocabulary and an easy reading type , thou would enjoy learning about how Vikings and Norses saw the world and imagined how it worked. This book also gives thee the posibility of understand better the metaphors made about Odin, Loki, Thor, the Mjllonir, Vegtam, etc. Thou will face giants (Jötunheim) and dwarves (Svatherheim), fire (Muspelheim) and frost (Nifleheim), Gods (Asgard) and mortals (Midgard), and you would met Odin, Loki, Thor, Iduna, Tyr, Baldur, Hödur, and more Gods (Aesir) and Goddesses (Asyniur). It´s fun find some word roots: For example, Hell comes fro Hela, the queen of the deads. Also Gelid, becaus Hela lives in Nifleheim, the eternal ice and cold land. Dost thou have a knowledge in some archaic English? Well, this is thy opportunity to learn something. This book will teach thee some archaic words that can be useful to know. WELL, WHAT ARE THOU WAITING FOR? GO ON, ODIN WAITS YOU IN THE VALHALLA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very easy to read and I had fun reading the stories from the beginning to the end. Even if you do not have much knowledge of Norse myths, you will find it easy to follow. The whole book is composed of stories.
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