Nordic Gods and Heroes

Nordic Gods and Heroes


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Nordic Gods and Heroes by Padraic Colum, Willy Pogány

The age-old legends and tales of Nordic mythology are a common heritage of German, Scandinavian, and Anglo-Saxon peoples. This very readable collection features a rich selection of these time-honored stories, retold in simple dramatic fashion by noted Irish author Padraic Colum.
Readers will find themselves drawn into the timeless world of the gods and goddesses who dwell in Asgard, a magical realm reached by a rainbow bridge. Here unfold the exciting stories of how Frey won Gerda, the Giant Maiden, and how he lost his magic sword; how Thor and Loki fooled Thrym the Giant; the Dwarf’s hoard and the curse that it brought; Baldur’s doom; Sigurd’s youth; Brynhild in the House of Flame; the death of Sigurd; the twilight of the gods; and many more.
Enhanced with over 40 atmospheric illustrations by Willy Pogany, this charming volume will delight myth lovers with its rich selection of enduring legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486289120
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/18/1996
Series: Pictorial Archive Series
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 417,540
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.57(d)

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Nordic Gods and Heroes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't really say much that hasn't already been said by previous reviewers, but I wanted to get my 5-star rating in at least. This book is written in plain and simple English, which makes it very fast-paced, but also accessible and entertaining. I own several other books of Norse mythology, but none of them is as detailed about the wanderings of Odin in quest of knowledge. Colum's coverage here is priceless. Speaking of paganism, please note that while Odin makes a sacrifice for perfect wisdom, his lust for knowledge isn't portrayed as evil as it is in the Faust legend. Knowledge as an end in itself comes at a price, but is not seen as self-indulgent or proud. Bravo for the Vikings! Anyway, this book is one of my favorites from the past few years. I hope others continue to enjoy it (and keep it in print)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The things i liked about this book: 1. It is in a sequence. 2. IT has most of the facts in. 3. It is in simple english 4. There are redundant back references which helps to retain information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the first book in a loong time that I sat and read in one sitting. It enthralle me from the start. I have greatly enjoyed reading this book. I also hope that you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a an excellent book on Norse Gods, and the pictures are great! I wish it gave more information on what each god was the god of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it helped me become a better pagan. It helped me get in tune with the Norse Gods and Goddesses and I helped me out religiously.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A swordo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pancakes ate thor