The Norse Myths

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Overview

Here 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...
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Overview

Here 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.

Drawing on a wide range of souces, the author has re-created 32 classic Norse Myths that compete in power with Greek mythology.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394748467
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1981
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 76,617
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Crossley-Holland has published several outstanding collections of myths, legends, and folktales, and is an award-winning poet and author of children’s books. His King Arthur trilogy has been translated into twenty-two languages and has sold more than a million copies. He and his Minnesota-born wife live in Norfolk, England.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiv
The Norse World xiv
Cosmology xx
The Pantheon xxv
Sources xxxii
The Literary Structure of the Myths xxxvi
Approach xxxix
The Myths
1 The Creation 3
2 The War of the Aesir and Vanir 7
3 The Building of Asgard's Wall 9
4 Lord of the Gallows 15
5 The Song of Rig 18
6 The Mead of Poetry 26
7 Loki's Children and the Binding of Fenrir 33
8 The Theft of Idun's Apples 38
9 The Marriage of Njord and Skadi 44
10 The Treasures of the Gods 48
11 Skirnir's Journey 54
12 The Lay of Grimnir 59
13 The Necklace of the Brisings 65
14 The Lay of Thrym 70
15 The Lay of Vafthrudnir 75
16 Thor's Journey to Utgard 80
17 The Lay of Hymir 95
18 Hyndla's Poem 100
19 Thor's Duel with Hrungnir 104
20 Odin and Billing's Daughter 112
21 Gylfi and Gefion 114
22 The Lay of Harbard 116
23 The Ballad of Svipdag 121
24 Thor and Gerriod 127
25 The Lay of Loddfafnir 133
26 Otter's Ransom 136
27 The Lay of Alvis 143
28 Balder's Dreams 147
29 The Death of Balder 150
30 Loki's Flyting 162
31 The Binding of Loki 169
32 Ragnarok 173
Notes 179
Glossary 237
Bibliography 254
Index 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Entertaining and easy to follow

    In my collection of Norse Mythology books, this one is my absolute favorite. It's the only book on the Norse that I have read that has an unbiased opinion on the Norse God, Loki, and shows how his demeanor was at the begining of the stories, neither dipicting him as a devil or a tyrant.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    An Awesome Book To Read

    Crossley-Holland makes these 32 stories easy and informative for the beginning student of Norse culture and mythology. He also gives alternate readings to his versions and a glossary of all the important names just in case you get lost. The book was amazing and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in religion or mythology.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    great

    This not only competes with greek mythology, it overpowers it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Good myths, Decent price

    I originally purchased this book for a Nordic mythology class, but I'm enjoying the heck out of these stories (especially the one where Thor dresses up as Freyja).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

    Fantastic

    This book is a great journey through Norse mythology. It is written so clearly that someone with little or no background in the mythology can easily follow it and learn a great deal. When others ask about Norse mythology, this is the book I start them on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Very clean writing style, easy to read, and great storytelling s

    Very clean writing style, easy to read, and great storytelling skills by the author. I'd Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Like Reading the Sillmarillion

    An incredible work. Easy to read. Full of poetic images but with easy to read prose style. A must have for any one who likes fantsy, Tolkein or myths.

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