Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. 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, Odins 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. Through Gaimans deft and witty prose, these gods emerge 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....
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Norse Mythology Reviews
More like two and a half to three stars. As much as I enjoy reading a collection of myths (even reading them as bedtime stories), this one disappointed me. I am certain that Neil Gaiman has solidified his name as an author of fiction novels but I have only read one book from his collected works so this makes me a Gaiman novice.
Like any mythic fiction, Norse Mythology is rooted from various folklore about natural phenomena symbolized as gods and supernatural creatures. As a kid, I have also had m ...more
Εντάξει.. τι θα περίμενε κάποιος από έναν μάστερ των παραμυθιών;
Εδώ λοιπόν έχουμε τις κυριότερες στιγμές της Σκανδιναβικής Μυθολογίας (αλήθεια, ξέρετε ότι κατά τον εκχριστιανισμό των Βόρειων Κρατών καταστράφηκε το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των γραπτών τους, οπότε μικρό μόνο μέρος της παράδοσής τους έχει μείνει σε εμάς; Άντε, μην τα βάζουμε μόνο με τους δικούς μας παπάδες!!!) από την αρχή όλων μέχρι το Ράγκναροκ και το τέλος των θεών. Ιστορίες με θεούς που παρουσιάζουν πολλές αδυναμίες και είναι ιδιαίτερα ...more
I loved this book, it was fun, fast read and very informative. You get to learn all about Norse mythology, you will find Loki who is both a hero and a villain at the same time, Thor who is both brave, smart, dumb and weak in different stories, Odin who will lie and cheat to get what he wants. It is really a fun light read, but the only reason ill give 4 stars to this book instead of 5 is that i think this book could have been released by anybody , it is just a collection of ancient nordic mythol ...more
Now THAT was an epic journey. I really don’t know what to say. It was magical, hilarious, creative, and really surprising. I really liked this book. It was entertaining. I didn't know that the norse myths are somewhat like a children's fairytales.
There are a lot of mythical creatures found in this book; the gods, giants, elves, and dwarves. Now these creatures are involved in every chapter in the strangest way possible. It can be described as absurd and impossible but very delightful. ...more
❝ Read the stories in this book, then make them your own.❞
Just like Neil Gaiman (and most of us, I wager), my introduction to Norse mythology was through Marvel comics and Disney's live action adaptation of the same.
(While we are on the subject, my introduction to Greek mythology was through Disney's epic cartoon series, Hercules and my introduction to Hindu mythology was through Jai Hanuman and my mom, of course)
This collection tells some of the best and popular events and fables of Norse my ...more
I've always loved mythology, folktales and legends. They are the original fairy tales of humanity and, given the timeless fairytale quality to Gaiman's writing, it seemed to follow that he would be the perfect writer for a book of Norse mythology. He is. In fact, Gaiman seems born to write (or rewrite) myths.
Norse mythology is actually one I've always been less familiar with. I know Greek, Roman and Egyptian fairly well, and some Indian as well, but my knowledge of Norse mythology kind of ends a ...more
What a fantastic retelling of Norse Myths. Featuring such characters as Odin, Thor and Loki along with a host of other lesser known gods and characters.
Gaiman does his best to stick to the source material and not stray too far from the myths themselves, writing it in his own language which really brings the stories to life. By doing this, Gaiman has written the perfect place to start if you want to learn more about Norse Mythology in my view.
What really added to my enjoyment was that I had rea ...more
I have a confession.....Neil Gaiman is my literary crush (well, one of two) and it in no way influences my feelings for this book. Well, maybe it does. I love everything that he writes and this one is no exception. When I saw he had a new book coming out on Norse Mythology I couldn't wait to get it.
Norse Mythology is a series of stories of myths of the Norse Gods. You learn about Odin, Thor, Loki and many others, how they all came to be. You learn of Asgard, the giants, dwarfs, and more. You he ...more