The Northern Path: Norse Myths and Legends Retold... and What They Reveal

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  • ISBN-13: 9780964911390
  • Publisher: Seven Paws Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    The best book of its kind I have ever read!

    Having Swedish-American ancestry, I have long been interested in the mythology and lore of Scandinavia and Northern Europe and rightly treasure the old stories and poems of the Northern Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes. I remember first discovering the POETIC EDDA and PROSE EDDA and how, reading them, made me feel like I had 'come home.' Now, unexpectedly, I have re-experienced much of that original excitement. Through over-familiarity, I had forgotten how good these stories are as stories. And how did I recapture old feelings of once new discoveries? I read the new book by Douglas 'Dag' Rossman. In this book Dag has preserved in writing his excellent storyteller versions of many of my favorite tales of the Northland, including an excerpt from BEOWULF! That alone would make the book worth reading. As a writer who has written several novels of my own in a Scandinavian mythos setting, I admire the way in which Dag's clear prose breathes life into the characters who people Northern Lore. For example, In his retelling of how the Thunder God Thor got his Hammer back from the Giants who had stolen it, Thor's reluctance to trick his way into the giant's lair by disguising himself in the clothing of the beautiful Goddess Freya has the appropriate comic touch when the bold and brawny Defender of Asgard complains, 'The guys will never let me live it down!' Others of the stories, however, are of course not funny at all. Dag retells the cosmic tragedy of Balder's death in a way that produced for me appropriately strong emotions. But wait, there's more! The second part of the book is titled 'The Northern Path to Wisdom and Balance.' And the afterward, 'Echoes of Odin--Mythic Survival and Revival,' adds yet another reason why I greatly appreciated this book. So! I heartily recommend Dag's new book to anyone young or old who has an interest in the stories and lore of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Whether discovering these stories and the Northern worldview for the first time or revisiting the tales and concepts of the Northern Path, in my opinion a better book than this one would be impossible to find. Read it yourself. Read it to your children. Give a copy to your local library. And have yourself some important, thoughtful fun!

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