Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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Remarkable.... Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos.--Lisa L. Hannett, Atlantic

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, 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. Through Gaiman's 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.


Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410499493
Branch Call Number: Large Print 293.13 Gai
Characteristics: 331 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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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. Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competi... Read More »

Gaiman puts his spin on classic Norse mythology in this short story compilation. Characters include the famous Odin, Thor, and Loki—all larger-than-life and as grand as you’d expect.

VaughanPLKelly Apr 04, 2017

Gaiman retells some of the Norse myths in this quick and accessible read. It might be one that you'll want to read out loud for a more traditional storytelling experience. Recommended for those interested in mythology.

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ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Truly fascinating, and really interesting reading about the Norse gods’ stories.

LPL_KatieF Mar 08, 2019

I listened to the audiobook as I was healing from a minor surgery. Neil Gaiman's quick wit and lovely reading voice kept me company while I spent a few days in bed. Loki's antics cheered me up and I learned so much about Norse mythology!

Jan 29, 2019

Here and there, the writing could have been better, and the goings-on presented in a clearer fashion. Even with these flaws, the book is worth reading--especially for those with an interest in the activities of Norse gods, giants, ogres, and the special landscapes they inhabit.

Jan 27, 2019

I just....really like my old Norse myth storybook I had constantly checked out at the library with its beautiful, vibrant illustrations. And Bruce Coville's fun juvenile novel "Thor's Wedding Day." Norse mythology has been so interesting to me for so long that I already have my favorites, and this one felt harsher and darker, as so many books "for adults" do. And I would have liked more stories about the goddesses, even if they had to be imagined. A storyteller like Gaiman certainly would have been able to spin something wonderful about them.

It wasn't bad, but I probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't reading it for a challenge.

Nov 23, 2018

A stunningly presented book, and a great resource to go to for Norse mythology. The idea that we can retell these as suits our needs as storytellers is beguiling.

Nov 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much but, many parts I found myself wanting more. I would read again.

Nov 13, 2018


ACCURACY: The problem with scandanavian and Norse mythology is that we know very little about it. Unlike Greco-Roman mythology, these stories were primarily oral, and it was only during the Christianization when they began to be written down. As a result, when this book said that it was a new way of reading/interpreting Norse Mythology I was relatively skeptical. The stories in this book are the exact same, and if not fewer, than the D’aularies book of Norse Mythology. I didn’t feel as if anything was revived, because unless a new untouched manuscript had been uncovered, it really… hadn’t been revived.
RECOMMENDATION: If you love Neil Gaiman, I guess you’ll want this. I haven’t actually read anything of his apart from this, so if there was some reference to his previous novels I didn’t get it. I bought it because 1) I didn’t have a copy of any mythology book and 2) I really liked the cover… so… yeah.
3 out of 5. 75% fresh. Read it if you want to, but check it out from the library first.

Nov 09, 2018

Phenomenal articulation of tales of Norse Mythos! A trekk through time, culture, and expansive imagination. Absolutely lovely, poetic writings. An amazing masterpiece!

ArapahoeCarmen Sep 19, 2018

I absolutely loved this book! I listened to the audiobook version read by Neil Gaiman himself, it was lovely.

Aug 25, 2018

This was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Each chapter offering a modernized adaptation of some of the greatest stories in Norse history. Hilarious and easy to read from front to back.

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Aug 25, 2018

“Of course it was Loki. It's always Loki.”

Feb 21, 2017

There were things Thor did when something went wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what had happened was Loki’s fault. Thor pondered. He did not believe that even Loki would have dared to steal his hammer. So he did the next thing he did when something went wrong, and went to ask Loki for advice.

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Feb 21, 2017

In the beginning, there was nothing but the mist world and the fire world. From these came Ymir, a giant both male and female, the first of all beings. Ymir was slain by Odin, called the all-father, for Odin both created the gods that you will read about here, and breathed life into the first humans. In these pages, Thor will acquire his famous hammer, the mighty Mjollnir. Loki will get his fellow gods into and out of trouble countless times, until he finally plays the trick that will lose him their trust once and for all. Witness the creation of the great walls of Asgard, the genesis of the gift of poetry, and the source of the gods’ immortality, as retold by Neil Gaiman.


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