From its first beginnings in a world of primordial ice floes, the story of the Viking gods is one of continual struggle against etins and monsters, but it is a tale of humour and triumph as well as of grit and tragedy. The Norse myths are justly famous for a host of vivid characters including the wise and enigmatic Odin, the bluff strongman Thor, and the incorrigible trickster Loki. In the first major retelling for a generation, storyteller and historian Thor Ewing rediscovers the brisk vitality with which these ancient myths were told in the earliest sources. With 45 stunning b&w illustrations inspired by Viking art.
Fascinating Myths and Legends of Norse Gods, Heroes and Viking Beliefs
Author: Neil Matt Hamilton
Norse myths have long fascinated millions around the world. Tales of Norse Gods like Thor and Loki have sustained the imaginations of adult and young people alike, even into modern times. Indeed, figures of Norse legend have permeated into mainstream culture in the form of popular characters from television and film. One God, in particular, has even given his name to a day of the week. In Norse Mythology: Fascinating Myths and Legends of Norse Gods, Heroes, and Viking Beliefs, you will be exposed to the original tales of the Gods; the tales that modern depictions are ultimately inspired by. Norse myth has become a part of us in ways that we do not fully appreciate. Indeed, the Norse God Thor has come to embody the ideal of strength and masculinity. The trickster God Loki, on the other hand, has come to represent some of the more sinister and unpredictable elements of Man. In fact, the Norse used their Gods to embody those aspects of Man's own nature that were often at war. In Norse Mythology: Fascinating Myths and Legends of Norse Gods, Heroes, and Viking Beliefs, you will learn about all the Gods by reading about the tales that formed the basis of the myths about them. Norse Mythology: Fascinating Myths and Legends of Norse Gods, Heroes, and Viking Beliefs explores the Norse Gods and the Viking belief system through the tales told by people living at the time. They told tales about the formation of the universe, about how the universe was divided, and how the Gods and giants made war with one another. Because the Viking belief system was reflected in these tales about their Gods and historical figures, learning about the Gods and heroes in this way allows the reader to understand who the Vikings were and why they were.The world of Norse myth was very different from our own. The people at the heart of Norse civilization - living in modern-day Scandinavia, Northern Germany, as well as other areas of Norse settlement like Iceland and the British Isles - these people were part of a culture so far removed from how we think and perceive today as to be almost unrecognizable. But that does not mean that you must struggle to understand Norse legends and the Vikings who believed in them.In Norse Mythology: Fascinating Myths and Legends of Norse Gods, Heroes, and Viking Beliefs, you will learn everything there is to learn about Norse mythology. You will learn the different groups of living things that existed in the universe, how the universe was divided into nine worlds, who the major Gods and Goddesses were, who some of the important heroes were, and how the speakers of Old Norse recorded the feats of gods and men in books called sagas. These sagas told the tales of the great figures of Norse legend. In Norse Mythology: Fascinating Myths and Legends of Norse Gods, Heroes, and Viking Beliefs, you will learn some of these tales including: The Tale of Odin's Eye and Mimir's Head The Unusual Wedding of Freyja Loki and His Strange Children The Death of Baldr The Kidnapping of Idun The Birth of Sigurd And Ragnarok: the Twilight of the Gods Buy now to learn more than you ever dreamed about Norse Gods and Goddesses and Viking beliefs.
Odin, Thor, Loki, and Other Viking Gods, Goddesses, Giants, and Monsters
Author: Heather Alexander
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Packed with action, intrigue, trickery, and love, A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO NORSE MYTHOLOGY acquaints kids with the original North Germanic and Scandinavian folklore behind characters like Thor and Loki, plus other gods, goddesses, giants, dwarves, and more. The newest book in the best-selling, award-winning A Child's Introduction series explores the popular and captivating world of Norse mythology. Organized into two parts, part one introduces characters like Odin, the leader of the Norse gods; Thor and his mighty hammer Mjollner; Frigg, weaver of the destinies of humans and gods; frost and fire giants; cunning dwarves like Brokk and Eitri; and many more. Part two tells the stories of the suspenseful myths themselves including The Creation of the Cosmos, The Aesir-Vanir War, Loki Bound, Thor's Hammer and many more. Full of charming and witty illustrations from Meredith Hamilton, a Norse name pronunciation guide, and a removable Norse Family Tree, A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO NORSE MYTHOLOGY is the perfect way for kids to learn the historic stories behind today's popular mythical characters.
Before the tide of Christianity cast its influence over the greater part of the Western World, magic and tradition were rich in the lives of the Nordic people. These great men and women of lore speak to us of glorified battles, strong noble bloodlines, and honor in the face of adversity. We celebrate the incredible tales of Loki and Frigga, the mighty Thor and the all-powerful Odin. Now the annals of history have offered us the great gift of studying and understanding this magnificent culture. Readers young and old alike have the opportunity to explore this fascinating and awe-inspiring collection of religious stories and rich traditions belonging to such a complex belief system. Discover for yourself the magic and mystery in the stories of Baldur, Heimdall, and Idun. Uncover the ancient tale of the fortification of Asgard, the great kingdom of the Nordic gods, and the chilling story behind the binding of Fenrir. Even though thousands of years have passed since these cultural stories were first shared around the forges and fires of the Nordic populations, they still entrance and inspire us with the great deeds of the human race and the incredible gods who watched over them. Find your own wealth of inspiration among the tales of the great gods and goddesses once worshipped by the Vikings. Here Is What You'll Find Inside... The Vikings The Creation of the World According to Nordic Lore Norse Gods and Goddesses Jotuns (Giants) Tales of Norse Mythology And Much, Much More! Order Your Copy Today!
A bundle of 3 books about the Viking history and mythology Book 1: This book is an in-depth look at the Viking Age, and the deeds and daily lives of these ancient, sometimes mysterious people. The Vikings of Scandinavia were heroic, adventurous, and often barbaric, but there can be no debate that they were also a people with big aspirations. Viking culture is still a topic of interest today, and this offers an insight into just how enduring their legacy is. This book will discuss: Daily life during the Viking Age The cultural and societal norms of the Vikings Conquering raids, explorations, and Viking actions that spanned the globe during their golden era The conversion from paganism to Christianity of the people of Scandinavia The Vikings enduring legacy in modern time The Vikings were a people of power, brute strength, and industry. Their lasting impression cannot be ignored and deserves our appreciation. Enjoy discovering who these people really were, and how they impact us even still, centuries later. Book 2: In this book, "Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Norse Mythology the reader will be transported to the ancient customs of beliefs of the ancient Vikings of the North. This book is dedicated to exploring the Gods and Goddesses that the Norse worshiped, and within the pages you will discover: A description and explanation of the Norse mythological Gods and Goddesses, and which tribe the Gods mentioned belonged to. An introduction to the Nordic pagan belief systems, and the multifaceted ways in which their religious practices were incorporated into their daily lives. Popular Nordic sagas, a description of what sagas were, and examples of the most important sagas within the Norse culture. An explanation of the most revered Norse rituals and celebrations, and how their beliefs left their impression on religious practices that are still held by Christianity today. The Norse had many heroes of myth and legend, and you will be introduced to both stories of myth, and livings, breathing, Viking heroes that were revered. Norse Mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real life events. This book will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Norse, and how these influences and stories continue to live on throughout the centuries! Book 3: The Tale of a Viking Warrior King delves into the mystery surrounding the Viking warrior who conquered European nations and became a king in his own right. Over nine centuries after the death of this great warrior, ancient poems, songs, and sagas about him still remain today. This book considers the facts as we know them, the myths attributed to Ragnar, and the way this iconic heathen from the north continues to impact modern culture today. This book will discuss: The historical facts and suppositions surrounding this Viking of legend The Retelling of the Saga of Ragnar, and his three wives How Ragnar's sons became an integral part of the legend that Ragnar represents, and the stories that they inspired How, despite centuries of time, Ragnar and Vikings of his time helped shape ideas and common traditions that are still held onto today This book is both fact and fictional recount and is dedicated to Ragnar and his endurable, legendary status in history.