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Tales of the Norse Gods (Oxford Myths and Legends) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Barbara Leonie Picard
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8 Feb 2001 Oxford Myths and Legends
A classic collection of stories by one of the best-known and most esteemed retellers of the last fifty years. Enter a world of cunning, trickery, and revenge . . . Encounter bold warriors, courageous women, strength in battle and bravery against the odds. These are the stories of the Viking gods. Drama and action abound as legendary heroes struggle against mighty giants, loathsome beasts, and sinister dwarves - even as they fight amongst themselves.

* First published over forty years ago, this edition has sold continuously since.
* The subject of myths and legends ties in with the National Curriculum, as does the subject of vikings.
* Significant author and one of the best-known retellers.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (8 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192751166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192751164
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Picard brings to life the wondrous tales of Thor, Odin, Loki, and the other fantastic inhabitants of Asgard and Valhalla and tells of their heroic deeds and colorful adventures, once more bringing these timeless tales alive for the reader to enjoy.... Picard shows just why these tales have survived even into modern times."--Sing Out! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 15 Aug 2011
By Mr. George Johnson VINE VOICE
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I knew some of the names of the Norse gods and some vague ideas about their tales but this book really helps to cement that knowledge. I love listening to various forms of heavy metal and quite a few bands from the Scandinavian coutries reference Nordic myths in their lyrics, especially bands like Amon Amarth, hence my interest in understanding the Nordic myths.

The book is very matter of fact about the myths, obviously direct translations and tidied up ensure the correct English syntax is used to make it more easily understand by English speakers. Each tale is separate and there is no attempt to link them, other than the fact that they may share some common characters. Each tale is quite short and takes only around 5-10 mins to read so you can read a few tales then put it down, coming back as and when you wish to.

Slightly older children, say 8+ would probably have an interest in the tales, younger children may find it a little hard going understanding the slightly odd, older mode of English speech.

All in all a good read and great introduction to the most famous characters and tales of Nordic mythology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 27 Dec 2009
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This is an action packed retelling of traditional tales with plenty of drama. A good read for anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little dry 18 Jun 2010
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Whilst I can't fault the narrative content, the stories aren't told in a very gripping way. I bought the book to read to my children and bring alive stories that had fascinated me as a child. There wasn't a lot beyond the framework for them to get involved with. Disappointing.
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