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Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman
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ISBN: 9781408886809
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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. Read More

Magazine article

According to Norse mythology, we are living on the corpse of a giant called Ymir. His blood filled the oceans when he was stabbed by the god Odin; the giant’s teeth were smashed into stones, his bones were heaped into mountains, and we grow our crops out of his flesh. Gaiman’s simple prose ushers you through these strange, ancient st... Read on >

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Angus Dalton reviews Neil Gaiman's dark and twisted versions of Norse myths.  Read on >

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