The Norse Myths

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The Norse Myths

The Norse Myths 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 Europ

  • Title: The Norse Myths
  • Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
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  • Page: 322
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  • 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 OdHere 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.

    The Norse Gods Official Site The Norse Gods are the mythological characters that, as far as we know, came from the Northern Germanic tribes of the th century AD These stories were passed down in the form of poetry until the th th centuries when the Eddas and other texts were written. Norse mythology The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley Holland The Norse pantheon includes Od 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. Norse Mythology Official Site Norse mythology which is a real religion to many people across the world, is not just some myths or stories to them There are many names for this religion depending on where you live you might have stumbled upon different names for the same religion, and no Norse mythology is not one of those names. Tales Norse Mythology for Smart People The tales or myths, stories, or legends of Norse mythology, when taken together, tell a grand, cyclical narrative that starts at the creation of the cosmos, ends with the downfall of the cosmos at Ragnarok, and then resumes again with the creation Here are the major tales that comprise this cycle, in roughly chronological order The Norse Myths The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore The Norse Myths Kevin Crossley Holland s The Norse Myths are a very readable collection of tales myths from the land of the Norse I picked this book up because I had limited exposure to religions and their myths other than the Judeo Christian pathway. Norse Mythology Ancient History Encyclopedia The Nine Worlds in Norse Mythology Norse Myths A Guide to the Gods and Heroes This review covers both Neil Gaiman s Norse Mythology and Carolyne Larrington s The Norse Myths A Guide to the Gods and Heroes Unlike their Greek counterparts with whom most readers are far familiar, the Norse gods impose little order upon the world. The Creation of the Cosmos Norse Mythology for Smart People The Norse creation myth or cosmogony an account of the origins of the cosmos is perhaps one of the richest in all of world literature First, let s look at this exceptionally colorful story itself, then consider how the Vikings may have interpreted it and found meaning in it The Origin of the Cosmos.

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    1. Brandi on said:

      What We Learned from "Thor" (skip if you remember the movie)- The universe consists of nine realms.- The gods live in Asgard, humans live in Midgard, and the Ice Giants live in Jotunheim. - The nine realms are connected by the roots/branches of a tree called Yggdrasill.- Odin is the Allfather, or most powerful.- Thor is Odin's son and the god of thunder.- Sif is one of the warriors from the movie.- Loki is well, you know who he is. The most cunning villain of all time.This is what Marvel showed [...]

    2. John on said:

      When it comes to myths and folktales, I'm something of a purist. The cultural aspects are often as interesting to me as the stories themselves, so I like to feel like I'm getting something relatively authentic. Unfortunately, this usually means wading through painfully academic translations, skipping back and forth between sterile prose and dry footnotes, salvaging what entertainment is left in the stories.Rather than simply translate-and-annotate, Crossley-Holland has compiled these stories fro [...]

    3. Sarah on said:

      I bought this at a tiny occult bookshop near the British Museum in June and have been stretching it out ever since. The dork in me really, really enjoys Norse myths. And I liked the notes at the end of each tale, where Crossley-Holland explained which parts came from Snorri Sturluson and which came from Saxo Grammaticus and hi I am single.

    4. Phoebe on said:

      Embarrassing to admit this -- since I dated (for 4 years) a wonderful man who eventually went on to get a PhD focusing on Viking burials -- but I've never really been able to get excited about the grim dude-fest that is Norse Mythology. Until this book. Told by Kevin Crossley-Holland, the stories actually feel exciting now! I read one every night, and when I'm done I'm even motivated to go to the notes section to read its background. A great first book on Norse mythology. P.S. I still roll my ey [...]

    5. John Campbell on said:

      Crossley-Holland turns the myths into a cultural event with an informative introduction and copious endnotes, which compose about a fourth of the book.The stories themselves, though, come across as short folk tales for children (no offense intended to old Snorri Sturulson and company). The one exception, the prophecy of Ragnarok, which packs an entire mythical apocalypse of universal darkness and destruction into four pages. It's worth reading, re-reading, and a little memorizing. Start with: Ax [...]

    6. Don Lloyd on said:

      I knew a bit about the Norse Myths before reading this book, but then I read several novels that make extensive use of them (Gaiman, American Gods; Chabon, Summerland) and realized I wanted to learn more. I liked this retelling because Crossley-Holland takes and integrates the six primary literary sources (who knew?) and creates story cycle. When I was reading, I had strong contradictory feelings of familiarity and strangeness. Some of the character motivations are ones we're all familiar with, [...]

    7. Betsy on said:

      I love reading the Norse myths, and this one doesn't disappoint, with plenty of detailed stories. The very long introduction provides a welcome list of the pantheon, along with a map of the Norse 'world,' which makes it easier to keep track of these things. I revisit this book now and again for a good story; my favorites are probably the stories of Creation and Ragnarok (apocalypse).Read with a flagon of ale and a roaring fire (preferably seated a reindeer pelt) to truly get into the mood.

    8. Andrew on said:

      Very nice introduction to the major Norse gods & myths. Crossley-Holland combines serious scholarship with a strong prose style to make the myths accessible to a cross-section of readers, the curious and serious alike. I found the extensive "Notes" section just as enjoyable as the myths themselves.

    9. Allie B on said:

      I had always meant to read the Norse myths but had never got around to it until recently. I'm so glad that I chose Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling of these fascinating myths. He has skilfully drawn on multiple sources from pre-Christian and Christian Iceland and other Nordic countries; however most of all he draws from Snorri Sturluson's 'Prose Edda' (written in approx 1220). If you're not familiar with the myths, I would advise reading the 'introduction' beforehand; it contains a map of the [...]

    10. Redfox5 on said:

      Technically I didn't finish this as I decided to skip the notes, but I figure they are optional and as I actually read the introduction and all the myths, I'm counting this book as read.They call Loki* the trickster God but really they all could have had this title. And not just the Gods, all of the creatures in this universe seemed hell bent on tricking each other at any opportunity. Yet Loki seems to be blamed the most, I think this is because he likes to trick other Gods and the others just s [...]

    11. Mark Adderley on said:

      I don't normally like re-tellings of mythology. I'd rather read the original sources, wherever possible. This is the exception to that rule--Crossley-Holland makes the myths accessible with a beautiful style that invites the reader to walk with the characters (itself a skill, since these are gods).So, after reading this (for the second time), what strikes me is the innate sadness of the Norse view of the universe. The Ragnarok story seems to indicate that all creation is cyclical--the universe w [...]

    12. Kayleigh on said:

      As interesting and informative as this collection was, it also left me with an overwhelming feeling of sadness that so many of the myths (mentioned, but not included in this text for obvious reasons) exist only in a very fragmented form or have been lost altogether. So many figures were only mentioned once, so many stories alluded to in other myths but never told. Of the stories that have survived, many exist in more than one form with no way of to determine which is the original. These circumst [...]

    13. Abi on said:

      A good compilation from a variety of sources. Sometimes the bits added in by Crossley-Holland annoyed me, as there was no basis for them in the myths, such as the fact that Loki's eyes kept changing colour that was just weird. Generally the dialogue was OK, though, and Crossley-Holland does a good job of translating the humour and mood. When all's said and done, the stories are very entertaining so it would be difficult to ruin them. The introduction and the notes are excellent, lending a more s [...]

    14. Kirsten on said:

      This is a really excellent collection. The myths are retold with humor and enthusiasm, and Crossley-Holland's notes are excellent. A lot of times it's hard to find collections of myths that are well-documented and scholarly (rather than simply being retellings that don't list the source material) but are still readable as complete stories rather than being fragmentary. This collection lands right on the money.

    15. Jens on said:

      What can I say its the norse myths probably the most intersting of world mytholgy that ive read. This has become a bit of a hobby of mine adn I recommend this book to anyone. Unlike most mythology books the author has re-writen the myths in a more readable light. This book reads more like a novel than a history book but still covers all aspects of the myhs and great notes at the end. Valhalla when I die!

    16. J.M. Briggs on said:

      This is a very strong book of mythology. While it certainly doesn't cover every story it presents some of the most notable ones and is a good read. In addition to writing the stories in a way that makes them seem more like short stories Crossley-Holland also has some great discussion insights and notes on the different elements of the myths.

    17. Patrick on said:

      Awesome, awesome book, and certainly a must-read for fans of Tolkien or fans of fantasy literature in general. Kevin Crossley-Holland draws from several primary and secondary sources to deliver a complete and academic study of the Norse myths.

    18. Reda El bardai on said:

      The book entitled The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland contains multiple series of myths throughout it. The Norsemen thought that there were 9 realms. Each realm contained different creatures. Asgard (home of the Aesir), Midgard (home of humans), Alfheim (home of the elves), Vanaheim (home of the Vanir), Jotunheim (home of the giants), Niflheim (home of the frost giants), Helheim (home of the dead), Nidavellir (home of the dwarves), and finally Muspelheim (home of demons). These realms were [...]

    19. Leonard Kim on said:

      Although Gaiman in his Norse Mythology writes of not daring to “go back to the tellers of Norse myth whose work I had loved, to people like. . . Crossley-Holland, and reread their stories”, he ended up producing something rather similar. If a student reads Gaiman in middle school, this would be a good follow-up for high school.

    20. Duncan on said:

      Crossley-Holland seems to think he knows the Norse myths, which he apparently learned at the knee (or upon the knees) of a particularly strict and perhaps licentious Catholic priest. He mixes up Mimir and Kvaser, misspells the Teutonic Tiw as Tiwaz, seems obsessed with 'proving' a relationship between the Norse Gods and the Indian pantheon, and worse, seems to revel in self-glorifying "notes" which often take up more space than his pathetic and limited retellings of the myths themselves. If, in [...]

    21. Barb Middleton on said:

      This is quite the scholarly feat. Kevin Crossley-Holland takes different sources with conflicting versions of Norse myths and creates a medley of 32 stories that are interesting and confusing. His copious notes at the end clarify the contradictory elements and he captures the flavor of the unique poems from that period of time. Kennings are a form of Anglo-Saxon poetry that are very difficult to decipher and understand. The author presents scaldic poetry in a rich manner that's oral background b [...]

    22. Rebecca on said:

      When I first recieved this book I thought it would be like one similarly titled that I'd read before but I was greatly suprised to learn I was wrong. The other book had the more classic and popular myths whereas this book contained prose translations of all the norse myths/legends/sagas taken from Snorri Sturllsons Poetic Edda series. Which of course does contain some of the classics but there were many out of the 35 that I haven't heard let alone read before. And each new myth not only helped m [...]

    23. Don on said:

      Like so many of the folk tales and myths of a particular culture, the problem one encounters in wanting to read "the Norse myths" consists at least in part in figuring out just what tales to read, and in what order; so many of them interrelate that it can be a dizzying prospect to even know where to start. In this, then, Kevin Crossley-Holland's excellent book is nothing short of stellar. Exhaustively researched, this collection retells a series of thirty-two Norse myths - some rightly famed, ot [...]

    24. Sean Leas on said:

      I absolutely loved this book, Crossley-Holland does a superb job of turning Nordic myths into highly entertaining reading. The introduction was very informative, and this is coming from someone that rarely reads the introduction. The endnotes really let you pour into the content, with a serious amount of information for each myth.The myths are laid out in very easy to digest chunks, I promise there will be very little indigestion. Many only a couple pages. The only exception was Ragnarok, this i [...]

    25. David Gullen on said:

      I hugely enjoyed this re-telling of the myths. The tales are by turns strange, bizarre, outrageous, bloodthirsty and poignant. Crossley-Holland is a gifted writer and poet and brings emotional intensity and vivid realism to these intense and at times enigmatic stories. The detailed explanations and analysis of each tale at the back of the book are a useful and interesting resource.There are two types of story in these myths - the wildly implausible adventures, including drinking bouts, seduction [...]

    26. Nikhil on said:

      A highly enjoyable retelling of the Norse myths. While the author adds to existing textual sources (largely to make the myths readable and enjoyable once more), he is always clear about how/where he does this and has numerous references to the original texts for the curious reader. Given how closely the author follows Snorri Sturlusson's Prose Edda, I am tempted to simply read that and see if this author's alterations are substantial.Some of the myths are fantastic (e.g. Binding of Loki, Thor go [...]

    27. Tom on said:

      Well Mickey, since you nagged me - this is my first entry. The myths are pretty good, the start and end notes take a certain amount of plowing through - perhaps more for the full on anthropologist or someone really into the historical background. I enjoyed the myths, however they could do with being a bit lengthier (more story like) although I think that is a general issue with reading all sorts (Greek / Roman etc) unless you are studying them. Still some note reading to do - he certainly has a [...]

    28. Andrew on said:

      The collected Scandinavian myth cycle, with each myth accompanied by in-depth notes, if you desire that sort of thing. Favourite part starts with Balder's Dreams, which is the beginning of the end, and move towards Ragnarok, the pagan Norse Apocalypse. These tales will seep into the world that I witness: the wolves forever pursuing the sun and moon across the sky, Loki's writhing in chains that causes earthquakes.

    29. Matt on said:

      I knew very little about Norse mythology when starting this book, and I'm very glad I sat down to read it. The Norse Myths are fascinating and the themes and influences are so different from the typical Greek and Roman stuff that I've read in the past. This book was refreshing fiction.In addition, the author provided excellent context for the myths by giving readers loads of background history and notes. The extra depth made for a much richer experience.

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