I have always enjoyed how writer and author Neil Gaiman could take an either well-known or obscure mythology and weave them into a new tale that drips with his trademark storytelling style, as evident by his magnum opus American Gods. With Norse Mythology, however, Mr. Gaiman has done his utmost to preserve these timeless stories of Asgardians, Aesirs, giants, and even the origins of humanity while still managing to imbue his iconic voice. He has also managed to make the stories fresh and entertaining for today’s readers, arranging them in a manner that resembles an actual novel. If I were to ever have children and grandchildren, I could see myself reading these stories to them like Peter Falk and Fred Savage in the movie Princess Bride. Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology is in many ways familiar as it is new and inviting.— Nicholas
An enchanting retelling of Norse mythology that includes all of our favorite Norse stories. Each myth is written traditionally, without any heavy reworking or modernizing, but Neil’s signature dark, compelling, and original style shines through. Gaiman has constructed a lively retelling of mythology with realistic gods and digestible material for any myth or story lover. A rewarding book for the well-seasoned and novice mythology enthusiast alike!— From Kelly
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.