You've heard about Norse mythology before, but how much do you really know?By Odin's Beard! This Brief Guide on Norse mythology will get you up to speed! You may already be familiar with names and personalities such as Odin, Thor, Loki, and the Valkyries – and in this book you will learn about the many roles that they play within the various legends and sagas that have been passed down from generation to generation. You will learn about the impact that they have made on both the ancient Scandinavian cultures from where the stories arose and on modern culture in northern Europe.You will also learn how Norse mythology has become a leading source of storytelling ideas, and how the concepts and characters have found their way into works as diverse as Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Gaiman’s American Gods; the operas that make up Wagner’s acclaimed The Ring of the Nibelung; the musical genres of heavy metal and, specifically, Viking metal; and many others. Finally, I hope that reading about Norse mythology will help you gain a better understanding of the ancient cultures of Scandinavia: specifically, how these people saw the world and how they perceived themselves as they fit into that world.Here is a Brief Preview of What You'll Learn...Norse Culture and the Importance of MythologySourcesThe Gods of Norse MythologyInhabitants of the UniverseHeroes and HeroinesThe Nine WorldsAnd Much, Much More! Become god-like now, and get this Kindle book!
Good item. Explains brief mythology of Norse Fast delivery. Good item. Explains brief mythology of Norse. Not very thick so will be quick read for book worms but ideal for first time book readers who want to learn about it
Good read Interesting book for a Norse novice.
Great! Very informative and easy to follow
Four Stars Norse Mythology good value for money
I want to have a beer with Odin! I think this is the most useful compendium of Norse Mythology that I have read to date. From the time I was a wee tadpole, I have dipped my research toes into the deep waters of the Asgardians and their foes. I remember when I only had access to two incomplete sets of encyclopedias, and I would follow the threads of information from volume to volume, where ever it might lead. The one story that seemed to be missing from the book was the one about Thor's night camp, and the cast off glove of Skymir. If you enjoy the stories of the mortal gods called the Aesir, you gotta read this one.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love nonfiction about topics that I enjoy reading and learning more about. Norse Mythology is one of those topics. And even though I've read my fair share of books about Norse mythology but there's always more to discover. At 78 pages (according to Amazon) this was a very quick read but it was also very informative. Some nonfictions can border on complex or even hard to read, even for me, but this one has kept things nice and simply in the best way possible. I really enjoyed reading this book. Some of my favorite chapters in this book were 'Norse Culture and the Importance of Mythology', 'The Gods of Norse Mythology' where the gods like Odin, Frigg, Thor and others are highlighted, 'Norse Paganism' and 'The Norse Rituals'. But obviously I enjoyed reading all of the other chapters as well. Overall, Norse Mythology: A Brief Epic Guide to Heroes, Gods, Sagas, Beliefs, and Rituals Of Norse Mythology by Oliver Laine was a book I quickly devoured. This is one of those books that make me want to read nonfiction like this all the time because I'm a huge history and mythology fan. I'd very much recommend it to readers who want to know more about Norse mythology and who like books that are easily read within an hour.
A Good Overview of the Norse Mythology Book Review Written Norse Mythology The Heroes, Gods, Sagas, Beliefs, and Rituals of Nordic Mythology, By Oliver Lane Kindle Edition (76 Pages) This is a concise, chronicle of the Norse pagan religion, most commonly known as Norse Mythology. The term "Norse" refers to the people who migrated from around northern Germany in the distant past to settle in Scandinavia (modern day Sweden, Denmark, and Norway). The Norse who ventured out from their Scandinavian homelands in longships to raid, trade, discover, and settle are often called Vikings, and this book details their mythology. Presented in a strieghtforward, conversational manner, this book reveals the principle beliefs, cosmology, worship, rituals, sagas, and the myths underlying the gods, humans, monsters, heroes, and heroines. It provides the background necessary to understand and appreciate their wonderful Norse myths. It is interesting to learn that the Norse myths were much more than a collection of stories the ancients created to amuse themselves during long Scandinavian winters and which make for interesting and entertaining reading today. Simply stated their mythology was foundational to the Norse-Vikings, in all the same ways Christianity is for many Americans today.These myths presented believers with essential elements, guidelines, and precepts of their religion, which were seamlessly integrated into their society. The stories reinforce Norse- Viking beliefs in honor, heroism, hospitality, gift giving, fate, wisdom, the spirit of adventure, and the importance of keeping your word, all of which were key social values and norms. These are the stories that encouraged and fostered the Vikings Age, an age not only of raiding, but also trading, voyages of discovery, and settlement throughout the world. Another benefit of learning about the Norse religious belief system is that it enables a keener understanding and appreciation of the ancient Scandinavian people and culture; more specifically, how the people viewed the world and how they perceived themselves as they fit into that world and as they struggled to understand and obtain some measure of order over the harsh natural world they lived in.
By Way of Introduction... Short, sweet and to the point. This book is a brief introduction to the gods, elves, giants and other mythical beings that fill the pages of Viking fiction. The “biography” excels and any reader interested in Norse fiction will surely find this brief work a ready reference. The Norse gods have been portrayed as both noble and vicious in much of the fiction available and this work shows that such characterizations are close to the truth. This is not a definitive work and a student of Norse mythology will have to research extensively for more detailed stories, but for the average reader interested in Viking fiction, this is an interesting reference source.
A good introduction to Norse mythology If you are looking for a quick primer on Norse mythology and culture this is a perfect book. It briefly explains the various structure of the Norse mythology, individual gods and deities, other beings, and how they interact with each other as well as the humans who worshipped them. If you want a detailed telling of individual Norse myths and characters though, you may want to look elsewhere. All in all well worth the price and time to read it.
Valhalla! This truly was an excellent read!! I had a a small amount of background knowledge of Norse mythology before picking this book up, now I feel like i understand the why of what a lot of their actions and reasons for bring such master story tellers!! I would say this is the definitive book on the topic
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