Norse Mythology

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Have you ever wondered what happened to Odin’s eye? Or maybe you wanted to know how Thor got his hammer and why the handle is so short? Where did Loki disappear to and will he ever come back? What is Ragnarok? 

Neil Gaiman deftly weaves the answers into the myths that make up this delightful collection. The book is filled with enthralling tales of gods, ogres, dwarfs, giants, wolves, and the mead of poets. (you’ll laugh and cringe when you read where bad poetry comes from)

I thought I’d read the book one story at a time, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to know more about Thor, his clever brother Loki and their adventures in Asgard and the other eight worlds. Two stories in particular stand out; The Mead of Poets and Freya’s Unusual Wedding. (The lesson in the latter is that Thor and his hammer are not to be messed with) 

You may think you’ve heard the tales of Asgard, Odin, Thor, Loki and the others, but you’ve never heard them told with such enthusiasm and zest. Neil writes with the wisdom of Odin, the wit of Loki and the power of Thor. This is a book I will return to, over and over. 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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