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Norse Myths

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  • The Elder Eddaby Andy Orchard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North , The Elder Edda is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 'So the company of men led a careless life, All was well with them: until One began To encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit...'... more...

  • Njal's Sagaby Leifur Eiricksson; Robert Cook

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters... more...

  • The Saga of the People of Laxardal and Bolli Bollason's Taleby Leifur Eiricksson; Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir; Keneva Kunz

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    The action of the saga takes place at the end of the tenth century, at about the time Scandinavia was converting from worship of Norse gods to Christianity. A masterpiece of medieval literature, the story focuses on two families ? that of Hoskuld, a prominent farmer with several sons, and that of Gudrun, the most beautiful woman ever born in Iceland. more...

  • Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasyby Douglas A. Anderson

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 14.95

    Terry Brooks. David Eddings. George R. R. Martin. Robin Hobb. The top names in modern fantasy all acknowledge J. R. R. Tolkien as their role model, the author whose work inspired them to create their own epics. But what writers influenced Tolkien himself? Here, internationally recognized Tolkien expert Douglas A. Anderson has gathered the fiction... more...

  • The Penguin Book of Norse Mythsby Kevin Crossley-Holland

    Penguin Books Ltd 1996; Not Available

    The Scandinavian myths form a linked chain of stories, creating a mighty, fantastical world teeming with gods and goddesses, master-smiths and magicians. Battles between gods and giants exist alongside unexpected love matches until the final days of destruction dawn, with their promise of rebirth. Using his talents as poet, translator and author,... more...

  • The Prose Eddaby Jesse L Byock

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves... more...

  • English Poetry and Old Norse Mythby Heather O'Donoghue

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 84.99

    English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History traces the influence of Old Norse myth -- stories and poems about the familiar gods and goddesses of the pagan North, such as Odin, Thor, Baldr and Freyja -- on poetry in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Especial care is taken to determine the precise form in which these poets encountered... more...

  • Seven Viking Romancesby none

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of... more...

  • Song of the Vikingsby Nancy Marie Brown

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 17.99

    Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing... more...

  • From Asgard to Valhallaby Heather O'Donoghue

    I.B.Tauris 2008; US$ 24.00

    Whether they focus on Thor's powerful hammer, the wailing Valkyrie, the palatial home of the gods - Asgard - or ravenous wolves and fierce elemental giants, the Norse myths are packed with rowdy incident. But at the centre of their cosmos stands a gnarled old ash tree, Yggdrasil, from which all distances and times are measured. When the old tree creaks,... more...