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Norse Mythology: Great Stories from the Eddas

Norse Mythology: Great Stories from the Eddas [Kindle Edition]

Hamilton Wright Mabie
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Imaginative retellings of 17 ancient Norse tales, ranging from the creation of the world to the death of the gods. Included are Odin's trip to Mimer in search of knowledge, the making of Thor's hammer, the loss of Idun's wondrous apples, and the task of securing the dreaded Fenris-wolf.


A collection of stories told by the Norsemen that "tell of the birth of the world and the coming of the gods to rule over them.".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars asgard 1 Sep 2013
By dubgual
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Love this book, it's my first on Norse Mythology, I have Norse in my Ancestors and it's calling out to me, this book has some of the stories of how the world was created, how Odin gained wisdom, and many more, a good book for beginners, the only problem is that there's no indication on how to pronounce the words. The book thankfully arrived quickly, so i could start reading straight away, will use this seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viking read 19 Mar 2014
By nad
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Got this book for my daughter, she enjoyed it very much, covers all the great Norse myths and much easier to read than the Edda
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 4 Jan 2014
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A brief look at the greater stories of Norse mythology. And I loved it. Just Hattie lay person wants to learn of Norse mythology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 29 Nov 2013
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this will extend my friends knowledge on mythology and will complement his many other books and will probably bore us with it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your purpose. 24 Feb 2005
By Christa Buckentin - Published on
It's an alright book, nicely written and does indeed have stories from Norse Mythology. It may or may not be for you though.

If you just want to read the stories cause you like mythology and folktales, then by all means buy it. It's written in with sentences and paragraphs instead of the poetic forms these stories were originally created. To me it seems to be more for a younger age then your average adult, but that doesn't necessarily subtract from the book.

If you were looking to read it for research or personal studies, I'd get a different book. The Eddas may be a little difficult to read at first because of the style of writing, but they are better in terms of research sources. My copies of the Poetic and Prose Edda not only have more details for stories found in this book, but also have stories not put into this book. They also have background notes, definitions of words, and anthropological notes.

As far as I'm concerned it's purpose was more towards entertainment then heavy-duty research.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well told stories for All 27 Mar 2008
By Spence the Elder - Published on
Norse Stories Retold from the Eddas (1901, 1902, 1908 & 2006)
a.k.a. Norse Mythology Great Stories from the Eddas (2002)
By Hamilton Wright Mabie

This review will be covering several editions of this work, while the text is the same in all the editions their presentations vary greatly.

A well written book covering seventeen of the more popular Norse Myths from the Eddas. Mr. Mabie had a very engaging style that is palatable for adults and will still hold the interest of children.

Now, having said this, it must be remembered that this work was originally written in 1882. This was a time when children were not as sheltered from the realities of life and death as they are today. A time when being politically correct meant that you voted for the winner. A time when cholera, small pox and numerous other diseases ran rampant through the population. Children were quite a bit tougher back when this work was written. So if you have a wimpy, sheltered child you may want to find another book for story time. Or try something mindless and milk toast like the Disney Channel.

All the stories are faithfully translated into a readable and entertaining format. While this work can not be considered scholarly, it does convey the spirit of the Norse Era quite well. As a testament to the books quality, few works of any type continue to be published for over a century.

This edition of, "Norse Mythology, Great Stories from the Eddas", 2002, was, (to me anyway), a bit of a disappointment. While the text remained the same as the older editions, the illustrations or lack of them has not. The early 1900's editions are lavishly illustrated with Nordic style gilt work on every page and simple, but powerful water color's throughout the book. The cover was graced with a depiction of a powerful Viking God, (probably Odin), looking proud and imposing. The 2002 paperback editions cover depicts a beardless, nude, neo-Greek Thor battling Jormungand, from the Chapter 9 story, "Thor Goes Fishing". While the cover art is well done, (the 1788 Henry Fuseli painting), this style would be better served on a book of Greek or Roman Myths. The interior illustrations and gilt work of the 2002 edition are nonexistent. This lack of interior illustration transforms a very good book with eye catching pages that add life to the myths into just another paperback.

All and all a nice retelling of the tales but if you can get a copy of the older editions or the 2006 paperback it's well worth it.

In Frith,

"Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc"
M. Addams

For clarification, I have rated this version at 3 stars vs. the 4 stars I've rated the older hardback editions. This has nothing to do with the written content. This drop in my recommendation is based on the presentation and lack of interior illustrations and poor choice of cover art.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Hamilton Wright Mabie 27 July 2010
By thepaxdomini - Published on
Norse Stories, Retold from the Eddas, also known as Norse Mythology: Great Stories from the Eddas, is an 1882 book on Norse mythology by Hamilton Wright Mabie. While never explicitly stated, this book is obviously geared toward a young adult audience.

Norse Stories reads like something of a greatest hits of Norse mythology. There's so much missing: many of the mythos's best-known tales are here, but ripped from the context needed to fully understand them. What is here, though, is well done. Mabie tells the stories well, and he provides some wonderfully rich descriptions. But feels like Mabie went through the Eddas and just ripped out whole pages without making the slightest effort to link things together. He was sloppy, too; an example: here we get "Odin's eyes began to flash" six pages after he trades one for wisdom at Mimir's Well.

In its degree of violence and pessimism, Norse mythology is unmatched throughout the world. Yet Norse Stories has a distinctly positive tone, perhaps due to the book's younger audience. Whatever the reason, this book doesn't really provide the true mood or tone of Norse mythology.

Ultimately, Norse Stories is a collection of well-told stories severely hampered by their lack of context and other limitations. If you're well-versed in Norse mythology, you may enjoy what Mabie does with the stories here. If not, you aren't going to get a coherent understanding of it from Norse Stories. But it shouldn't be difficult to find half a dozen better books on the topic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 5 April 2013
By C. McNabb - Published on
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I just wanted something to tell me a little bit about what some of my friendds were into. I love mythology but never really looked into Norse Mythology. It is a nice read.
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent book 1 Feb 2010
By Mirela Faur - Published on
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Excelent book, a documented historical background and well written, with a very complete section about the mythological concepts and deities.
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