The Norse Myths

The Norse Myths

Paperback Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library

By (author) Kevin Crossley-Holland

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Format: Paperback | 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 24mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0394748468
  • ISBN 13: 9780394748467
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 17,360

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Here are thirty-two classic myths that bring the Viking world vividly to life. The mythic legacy of the Scandinavians includes a cycle of stories filled with magnificent images from pre-Christian Europe. Gods, humans, and monstrous beasts engage in prodigious drinking bouts, contests of strength, greedy schemes for gold, and lusty encounters. The Norse pantheon includes Odin, the wisest and most fearsome of the gods; Thor, the thundering powerhouse; and the exquisite, magic-wielding Freyja. Their loves, wars, and adventures take us through worlds both mortal and divine, culminating in a blazing doomsday for gods and humans alike. These stories bear witness to the courage, passion, and boundless spirit that were hallmarks of the Norse world. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Kevin Crossley-Holland has published several outstanding collections of myths, legends, and folktales, and is an award-winning poet and author of children's books. His King Arthur trilogy has been translated into twenty-two languages and has sold more than a million copies. He and his Minnesota-born wife live in Norfolk, England.

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"Kevin Crossley-Holland retells the Norse myths in clear, attractive prose . . . An excellent introduction, notes, and a glossary provide mythological and historical backgrounds and suggest parallels with myths in other parts of the world." -"The Denver Post"

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Drawing on a wide variety of sources, the author has re-created 32 classic Norse Myths that compete in power with Greek mythology.