The Norse Myths

The Norse Myths : A Guide to the Gods and Heroes

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Who were the Norse gods - the mighty AEsyr, led by Odinn, and the mysterious Vanir? In The Norse Myths we meet this passionate and squabbling pantheon, and learn of the mythological cosmos they inhabit. Passages translated from the Old Norse bring this legendary world to life, from the myths of creation to ragnaroek, the prophesied end of the world at the hands of Loki's army of monsters and giants, and everything that comes in between: the problematic relationship between the gods and the giants, in which enmity and trickery are punctuated by marriages and seductions; the (mis) adventures of human heroes and heroines, with their family feuds, revenges, marriages and murders; and the interaction between the gods and mortals, as Odinn, the Allfather, betrays his human proteges in order to recruit (dead) heroes for his army. Carolyne Larrington describes the myths' origins in pre-Christian Scandinavia and Iceland, and their survival in artefacts and written sources, from Old Norse sagas and poems to the less approving accounts of medieval Christian writers. She traces their influences into the work of Wagner, William Morris and J.R.R. Tolkien, and even the recent Game of Thrones in the resurrection of the Fimbulvetr, or 'Mighty Winter'.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 27.94mm | 480g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 98 Halftones, duotone; 4 Illustrations, black and white; 98 Halftones, duotone; 4 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0500251967
  • 9780500251966
  • 229,384

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'A real pleasure to read ... fantastic' - Timeless Travels 'A valuable, engaging resource for anyone wishing to explore the mysterious and dramatic world of the Norsemen and their gods' - Minerva
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About Carolyne Larrington

Carolyne Larrington is Professor
of Medieval European Literature,
University of Oxford, and Official
Fellow and Tutor, St John's College.
Her previous books include The
Poetic Edda; Magical Tales: Myth,
Legend and Enchantment in
Children's Books and Winter is
Coming: The Medieval World of Game
of Thrones. She also presented
BBC Radio 4's 'The Lore of the Land',
exploring the enduring relevance of
the creatures of British folklore.
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571 ratings
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