Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths


By (author) Nancy Marie Brown

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 28mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230338844
  • ISBN 13: 9780230338845
  • Sales rank: 175,805

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Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world--a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it... In "Song of the Vikings," award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings Snorri Sturluson's story to life in a richly textured narrative that draws on newly available sources.

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Author information

NANCY MARIE BROWN is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including The Abacus and the Cross and The Far Traveler. Her work has also appeared in Loquitor, News from Iceland, The Penn Stater, Spektur, and Vermont Magazine. She is fluent in Icelandic and has deep ties to the Scandanvian cultural institutions in the US, which will help promote the book. Formerly the editor of award-winning magazine Research/Penn State, Brown lives in Vermont, USA.

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'...rivetingly told.' - Tom Shippey's book of the year, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

Introduction: The Wizard of the North Odin's Eye The Uncrowned King of Iceland On the Quay at Bergen Norse Gods and Giants Independent People The Ring Acknowledgments Notes Further Reading