The Norse Myths MOBI ☆ The Norse eBook æ

The Norse Myths MOBI ☆ The Norse eBook æ


The Norse Myths ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Norse Myths Author Kevin Crossley-Holland – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 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 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 The Norse eBook æ 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.


10 thoughts on “The Norse Myths

  1. Brandi Brandi says:

    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 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 you But did you also know the other six realms are just as interesting as the first three There s Alfheim, which is home to light elves Vanaheim was once home to a host of gods called the Vanir, until they joined the gods in Asgard after the two realms fought a war, of course Another realm, Nidavellir, is home to dwarves The dark elves live in Svartalfheim Finally, there are Niflheim, the world of the dead, and Hel, realm of the dead.You can see an image of all of the realms here how Odin became so wise.The price might sound pretty high, but Odin was willing to pay it He gave up his eye to drink from a spring of wisdom that Odin had spies bringing him news.The god kept two ravens, Huginn Thought and Muninn Memory , which he sent out to the other realms And according to IMDb, you might have seen them in The Avengers If you didn t see them, watch it again Thor was really for the people.Unlike Odin, who represented the higher class nobles and warriors , Thor was the patron of the peasants middle class Jane Foster didn t have a happily ever after after all.Thor actually married Sif, the warrior we saw in Thor Sorry, movie fans, I had to break it to you Thor and Loki actually were good friends once in a while.In his retelling of the myth Thor and Geirrod , the author notes that Thor and Loki had a great liking for each other s company, and often travelled together through the nine worlds But don t trust Loki just yet He s always up to some trick or another Sif has a long history of disputes with Loki.One night, Loki stole into Sif s room and cut off her beautiful golden hair As you can imagine, Thor made sure he received the punishment he deserved Loki was actually Odin s foster brother.It s surprising but true That would make him Thor s uncle but not technically He s still the son of two Frost Giants Personally, I prefer Marvel s family dynamics better Loki s eyes can turn Christmas colors.You can always tell when Loki s scheming in Norse myths because his eyes turn different colors usually red and green, but sometimes brown or blue the children of Loki were fearsome.Loki fathered a serpent, a wolf named Fenrir, and a seeress who dwells in Hel Thor makes light of this in a joke one night, when they are walking togetherWe must at least find somewhere to stay for the night, said Loki I wouldn t care to end up as carrion Is Fenrir s father so afraid of wolves said Thor, and smiled to himselfThor s hammer existed because of Loki s trickery.Loki tricked two dwarves of Nidavellir into making three gifts for the gods It was treachery, but if he hadn t, Thor wouldn t have received Mjollnir Ironic, isn t it Thor didn t have to hold his hammer throughout The Avengers he could ve put it in his pocket.At least, that s what he did in the myths The dwarf, Brokk, who made the hammer crafted it so that Thor could make it small enough to tuck inside his shirt a Frost Giant once stole Mjollnir.It s true A giant named Thrym took Thor s hammer and hid it deep inside the earth In order to get it back, Thor, Heimdall, Loki suprisingly , and some of the other gods put together a plan I won t tell you what it is, but I ll just say that it was very unique Thor eventually won Mjollnir back But that s not all The Norse Myths contains thirty two myths full of valor, cunning, andof courseviolence I ommitted a lot of the stories because I didn t want to spoil the fun for you As for me I was interested in reading Norse myths because I wanted to see how much of Thor was true It turns out that there are a lot of differences, but the main themes exist in both the myths and the Marvel movie Thor, of course, is still a protector Loki s well Loki and so on I only wish that I d chosen a different retelling While Crossley Holland relates the story in a clear, easy to follow manner, he himself admitted that he tweaked some of the stories I sometimes wondered how much was true and how much he imagined himself I also wish he had provideddetails in the actual stories, instead of just in the Introduction and Notes sections.For this, I m only giving the book 3 stars.Final Remarks As you can tell, I love the Marvel movies And although they re not meant to be accurate adaptations of actual mythology, I made this review because I thought it was neat how much similarity the comics have with the myths All of the non movie stuff in this review comes from The Norse Myths I used the author s spellings, so some of the words might look different from what you remember For instance, I think we would write Mjolnir , but his is Mjollnir All of the images except the banner at the top are property of their respective owners I do not claim ownership of them


  2. John John says:

    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 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 from multiple sources and retold them in his own lively, but not distractingly modern, voice Far from a dumbing down, he eloquently communicates the spirit of these stories with all of their tension, humor, and remorse Meanwhile, ample academia is tucked into almost one hundred pages worth of intro and notes written in the same lively voice there are no stale footnotes here The cultural context is established in the intro, where he also goes over sources and his approach to the retelling Each story also gets a discussion at the back of the book which breaks down which elements were taken from which sources, variants and similarities to other stories, cultural details, running themes, anything that was left out, etc.This author has done much, muchthan haphazardly translate a bunch of stories The myths are vivid and engaging, and the academics manage to be both solid and colorful In short, this book has set a new standard for me This is what a book of myths should be


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    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 Phoebe says:

    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 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 eyes at the way every object made by the dang dwarves has its own proper name Asgard is starting to feel like bloody IKEA But, whatever, I can dig it I m a fan now


  5. John Campbell John Campbell says:

    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 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 Axe age, sword age sundered are shields Wind age, wolf age, ere the world crumbles


  6. Peter Martuneac Peter Martuneac says:

    A fantastic collection of stories, great selections made My favorite was probably the telling of how Thor received Mjolnir in the first place, and why it s such a short hammer A great read for any fan of the history of that region of the world.


  7. Reggie Kray Reggie Kray says:

    The introduction and notes really made this book shine.


  8. Don Lloyd Don Lloyd says:

    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 learnI 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, 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 learnI 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, but the stories cover unexpected nad interesting ground I particularly like the stories that center on Loki, and began to see how a lotof our current literary and poplular culture traditions might owe a nod to the Norse myths than you might think In one story, Loki turns himself into a fly to sneak into Freyja s bedchamber, and then turns himself into a flea and amuses himself by crawling over her breasts I remember an old Arty Feldman movie in which his character, making a deal with the devil, wants to be where he can always see the woman he is in love with So the devil turns him into a fly I wonder now if this later story doesn t owe something to Loki s predicaments when he shape shifts


  9. Andrew Andrew says:

    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 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


  10. Nick Nick says:

    I will admit, I have been fascinated by the norse mythology for years My introduction and to Greek and Egyptian mythology came from a game i played when 12 age of Mythology In that game one plays as an atlantean admiral on a quest to stop demons and titans from returning to earth going from Greece to the nile and all the way to Scandinavia Each mission one had to take a patron god and worship minor gods to gain favor, godly interventions and mythological creatures such as minotaurs, mummie I will admit, I have been fascinated by the norse mythology for years My introduction and to Greek and Egyptian mythology came from a game i played when 12 age of Mythology In that game one plays as an atlantean admiral on a quest to stop demons and titans from returning to earth going from Greece to the nile and all the way to Scandinavia Each mission one had to take a patron god and worship minor gods to gain favor, godly interventions and mythological creatures such as minotaurs, mummies and ice giants to help them in their struggle Interweaving stories and characters from each mythology in this wider story arch as a bonus every unit, god and creature had an internal information page that gave background information it was great and left a lasting impression on me and interest in these stories So I do have some solid background knowledge on Norse mythology stretching back at least 16 years But still I was a bit apprehensive of picking up this book I was afraid that it would be a semi incomprehensible literal translation or a boring listing of gods and what the stories tell of them This book does none of that Kevin Crossley Holland brings us not a mere translation from Icelandic, latin and old norse but rather he presents the reader with a carefully reconstructed bundle of stories In his notes with each story points out differences between versions and why he choose one version over the other or why he added details that one source lacked but others did have or vice versa, the social context of this story and what it could have most likely meant for the listeners is also commented upon.I have to say, it is by far one of the best reconstructions and retelling of these kind of mythology stories and the author strike a near perfect balance between keeping to the source and original intentions and rephrasing it so a modern reader can read and comprehend it and get some joy from it Although some of the stories servedas cultural repertories containing long dialogues concerning the nature of the universe and aspects within it between gods, dwarves and giants, several others are as intriguing and compelling as ever My personal favorites must be how Thor got his hammer, the death of Balder and the marriage of Skadi but each story had such a richness to it that puts it up there with other world literature of this kind Here we come to a crucial question though I have been treating this as literature and is that a correct way of looking at this A combination of monotheistic cultural background and rather rigorous secular lifestyle does make it difficult to treat these asthen mere stories although some of them like how thor had to dress like a bride to get his stolen hammer back are identified as humorous folk tales rather then religious epics On the other hand, the prime source of most of what we know of Norse mythology Snorri Sturluson and his prose Edda, did wrote them down not as religiously significant tales but as memories of a bygone age, similar to Romans who kept fresco s depicting Neptune or building chapels under sacred oak treas This intermediary does add an extra difficulty to fully comprehend religious values and impact of these tales and on this I do find the author did not succeed in reconstructing this original value One thing is clear though, is that without Snorry Sturluson, we would have lost so much and is agonizingly frustrating that we do get glimpses of so many other stories within the one we have got Because all and all the gods who get the most attention are Thor, Odin, Loke and less importantly Tyr with Freya, Skadi and Frigg following behind as the most mentioned and active female gods but so manygods, only show up or are mentioned a present but don t get that center of attention arguable the worst fate is for Balder who gets to be incredibly important but at the same time completely passive, dying being his only contribution It does make one appreciate evenwhat we did save trough the ages. Anyone interested in Norse mythology and wants to learnabout it should pick up and read this book, it is accessible for all those who don t havethen a sliver of familiarity with the material but I bet you will still know Loki and Thor and worthwhile for those who already know a lot


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