Norse Mythology (Hardcover)

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Neil Gaiman retells the ancient Norse Tales. From the day the worlds began to the ravaging ends of Ragnarok. While focusing primarily on Thor, Loki and Odin he imbues the tales with new life and lots of sly humor. Could we someday be lucky enough to have all our world mythologies adapted by one of the most beloved of British fantasists… one can dream!

— From Daniel's Staff Picks

Gaiman has used his talent for clear, witty writing to retell the classic Norse myths. He writes like a true storyteller, as if a friend were recounting the tales over dinner. Entertaining, hilarious, colorful, and intriguing, the only question I am left with is why on earth does everyone keep listening to Loki?

— From Sarah's Picks


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 stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki--son of a giant--blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor's hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman--difficult with his beard and huge appetite--to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir--the most sagacious of gods--is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393609097
ISBN-10: 039360909X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English