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    DescriptionThis title tells from deep within Odin's cavernous halls: the stories of the Viking Gods.From Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of "Beowulf", from the warrior Valkyries to Tolkien's "Riders of Rohan" and from Wagner's "Gotterdammerung" to Marvel's "Mighty Thor", Norse mythology arguably offers something for everyone. "From Asgard to Valhalla" is unique in showing how these myths have impacted on and continue powerfully to resonate across the fields of literature, art, music and politics. In her sparkling new book, Heather O'Donoghue ranges from the high culture of "The Poetic Edda" and the Romantic sublime to popular manifestations of Norse mythology, such as the fantasy novels of Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones. Distinguishing the myths in their original form from a host of later accretions, the book tells the gripping story of how such strange and fragmentary material was seized and remodelled throughout the centuries: whether by the volkisch fantasies of the Third Reich or the modern-day cult appeal of Viking Metal.

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    From Asgard to Valhalla
    The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Heather O'Donoghue
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781845118297
    ISBN 10: 1845118294

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: JFHF, HRKP
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET190
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SCANDN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25490
    B&T Approval Code: A13284500
    BISAC V2.8: HIS044000
    DC22: 398.20948, 293/.13, 293.13
    LC classification: BL860 .O36 2008
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    Thema V1.0: JBGB, QRS
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
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    Publication date
    06 January 2009
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    Author Information
    Heather O'Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse in the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College. Her books include The Genesis of a Saga Narrative (1991), Old Norse Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (2004) and Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of a Saga Narrative (2005).
    Review quote
    "'O'Donoghue writes fascinatingly about the perpetuity of the myths' - Peter Conrad, Observer 'Gods are not human, and a myth is a myth - full of riddles, apprehension and spare meaning - or it is nothing. O'Donoghue's book helps us to understand this problem' - A.S. Byatt, Times 'An excellent and rounded book that feels like an essential to anybody interested in Norse myth' - Amazon.co.uk"