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Thor (Myths and Legends) [Paperback]

Graeme Davis
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20 Sep 2013 Myths and Legends
In the stories of the ancient Vikings, Thor is a warrior without equal, who wields his mighty hammer in battles against trolls, giants, and dragons. He is the god of storms and thunder, who rides to war in a chariot pulled by goats, and who is fated to fall in battle with the Midgard Serpent during Ragnarok, the end of all things. This book collects the greatest myths and legends of the thunder god, while also explaining their historical context and their place in the greater Norse mythology. It also covers the history of Thor as a legendary figure, how he was viewed by different cultures from the Romans to the Nazis, and how he endures today as a popular heroic figure.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782000755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782000754
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Graeme Davis was born near London's Heathrow Airport in 1958 and studied archaeology at the University of Durham.

He is the co-author of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and has written over 50 titles for tabletop roleplaying games. His short stories have appeared in two anthologies by Stone Skin Press, and he has written historical nonfiction for multiple publishers.

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"If this book is any indication of the quality of this new series, readers are in for a treat. What makes Davis' retelling of the Thor story so gratifying and edifying is his willingness to delve into this vast literature and exhume the prize nuggets. He squares them to history--on Odin as the father of Thor: 'this may be a later addition intended to bring Norse mythology into line with the classical Greek and Roman model' --as well as other literature. Thor emerges as an enthralling figure, brought out of the pagan world and stripped of his everyday importance as Christianity spread through Scandinavia. This is not to say that Davis avoids the great battles Thor has been said to have engaged in, from one with a woman who was revealed as the personification of old age to those against monsters of every ilk, and these make for rousing, intelligent reading. Illustrations include copious material from archives as well as dramatic, full-color paintings. As a vest-pocket history, this one likely won't be beat anytime soon." "(Mythology. 12 & up) --Kirkus, Starred Review""Fifth in Osprey's Myths and Legends series is a small volume packed with a big character: Thor. The Viking God of Thunder is no stranger to comic fans, but in this book Osprey looks at the history of the Norse god and his journey from religion to myth to icon. Once again Osprey delivers an informative and attractive book packed full of images, facts, stories and logical assumptions that round off a character that remains to this day a strong moral icon and a much reproduced legend. The Myths and Legends series remains a success; there is nothing to criticize in these quality productions and they would be a handy addition to any bookshelf."" --Elloise Hopkins,"

About the Author

As an archaeology student in the 1980s, Graeme Davis visited Viking sites in England and Denmark and worked on post-excavation analysis of materials from two Viking farms in the Orkney Islands. He is the author of the tabletop roleplaying sourcebook GURPS Vikings and several Viking-related magazine articles, among many other titles. He currently lives in northern Virginia with his wife Jamie, who is also a writer. Miguel Coimbra is a self taught, 35 year old freelance artist, currently living near Lyon (France). He has been working in the industry for 10 years, first as a graphic designer, then as a concept artist for video games. He is also well-known in the board game industry, having worked on many awarded titles like Smallworld and 7 wonders. His favorite themes are fantasy and mythological ones. You can find more of his work at

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great History of Thor 7 Dec 2013
I really enjoyed this! I'm somewhat familiar with Norse Legends having read several collections over the years but knew nothing of the history of the worship and religion attached to the Vikings themselves. I found this very entertaining. The book is informational in content and starts out with historical information on Thor as a god of Viking religion and where the myths and legends we know today came from. Then the main part of the book is a retelling of those myths which concern Thor. They are not told in a storyteller's voice but keep to the main points while still managing to be entertaining. Throughout this section, blocks of text are highlighted to bring historical context, definitions of customs and words, etc. Finally the book ends with a look at Thor after the Vikings to modern day; his use as a legendary hero figure, his symbolisms confiscated by the Nazis and of course, the Marvel Superhero. Very informational and entertaining! I did however think that the illustrations by Coimbra, which are lovely, were superfluous, as there are plenty of images of artwork and relics from the ages; pictures of actual Viking stonework, children's book illustrations, etc. The book is unassuming in appearance, and brief but the text is somewhat academic and I'd say the intended audience is senior highschool if not even adult.
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4.0 out of 5 stars spot on 5 July 2014
By gwilmo
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spot on
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thor: God of Thunder 8 Jun 2014
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I really enjoyed this book but it's the pictures that I enjoyed the most. It could be improved by making the language less tricky.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For my 9 year old grandson 5 Mar 2014
By Anna
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Good read for my 9 year old grandson who lives in British Columbia, a step forward from just reading Thor comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 2 Mar 2014
By S. Cook
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Interesting book following the stories and beliefs behind the worship of the god Thor, (Thunor) nicely illustrated through out good read for those who's interest has been peaked by the recent Marvel films and are wanting to know a little more
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