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The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2013
Full of great information, but also easy to read and understand, my knowledge of this subject enhanced by this wonderful.book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Covers the Norse Myths in a clear and readable fashion. Unlike some other books however there is not too much analysis and history behind the Myths, but this is irrelevant if you just want to read/know the Myths.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2002
This book taught me how to take an insult (like Thor ignore it- usually!) and reaffirmed the importance of courage. The Gods in these myths are closer to the Greeks ones than the Christians: their vices and virtues, their pettiness and greatness, however, it is all good fun and well worth a look. If you are a more serious student of Norse myths then the original Icelandic epics would, I imagine, be more worthwhile as all the tales are plucked from that tree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2014
As always Kevin Crossley-Holland tells a good story without loosing the essence of the original myth. Other retellings sometimes loose the drama but this version never does.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2000
This is easily the best tome of Norse mythology that you can buy. It tells each tale with gusto and offers interesting commentary and a superb glossary of Gods, Giants and sundry characters.
Don't hesitate buy it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 1998
If you are looking for the best retelling of the myths available, with the grim humor and wisdom of these Norwegian tales intact, look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2014
Awesome book. As a dane I grew up with many of the norse myths. This book delivers them all in a modern and understadable language. I was very impressed when i disovered that all of the myths have their own section discussing its origin and reliability of its source.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
This book is entertaining, easy to read and informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, like me who want's an introduction on Norse mythology.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2013
If you have just become interested in Norse mythology it can seem like a mine field of different texts... the Prose Edda, Poetic Edda, Elder Edda... all in their various translations. Who is Snorri Sturluson!?

This book doesn't answer these questions, but it draws from all these sources and creates a doorway in to the Norse myths. The myths are told in simple language and are concise. He has arranged the myths in as linear a way possible. Names begin to become familiar and you get clarity from the confusion.

There are notes on each myth, which again are concise. They give just enough information and don't become overwhelming.

This book could have been twice... three times the size it is. But then that would miss the point and I'd probably have given it less than 5 stars.

Although this book may quench your thirst for Norse mythology I'd imagine most people would use this book as the first stepping stone in to further study.
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on 17 December 2013
No, I know that's not really accurate, but Tolkien loved the Norse tales. This is just the book for those of us who can't cope with the original in ON or even in translation! Only criticism is in the notes C-H refers to the Babylonian creation myth as 'Indo-European' and also says the Indo-Europeans, or at least their myths, spread to China and Japan??
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