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Myths of the Norsemen (original 1960; edition 1994)

by Roger Lancelyn Green

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Title:Myths of the Norsemen
Authors:Roger Lancelyn Green
Info:London : Puffin, c1994.
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Myths of the Norsemen: Retold from the Old Norse Poems and Tales by Roger Lancelyn Green (1960)


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Myths of the Norsemen is a nice, readable collection of Norse myths, adapted into a single narrative story. I wasn't sure it would work, but it does. Quite well, actually. Beginning with the creation of the world, Green winds his way through most of the Norse legends known to us all the way to the death of Baldur and the coming of Ragnarok. But instead of individual episodes, it is written in such a way as to read like a novel with a single narrative, a rather brilliant trick that makes the book accessible to readers of all ages. Although the Puffin Classics line is meant for children, this is one volume that is easily worth reading for adults as well. In fact, anyone with an interest in the Nordic gods and their stories will find something to enjoy hear. Highly recommended. ( )
  inge87 | Feb 28, 2017 |
Kick-ass. Rich, fascinating, original myths that would be great to use in a comparative myth course. The description of Ragnarok is terrifically sad and hopeful.
  Digsy | Jul 3, 2010 |
A retelling of the Norse myths into one coherent story. This is a good introductory book that brings Odin, Thor and all the other Norse gods to life with all their quirks and foibles. Very enjoyable. ( )
  calm | Jan 23, 2010 |
Edith Hamilton commented in her book Mythology that unfortunately, no-one had ever woven together the Norse myths into a single epic, similar to the Iliad or the Odyssey. Roger Lancelyn Green has certainly do the best job of it so far. Many people have put together a book that selects among the variant myths, but no one else has ever put them together into such a readable and moving story. It is a great piece of literature in its own right, in addition to being a relatively simple telling of the myths.

Anyone wanting a more scholarly approach may want to find another book, such as The Myths of All Races, v. II Eddic, by John Arnott MacCulloch; Norse Mythology : A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow; or Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis. ( )
2 vote juglicerr | Aug 9, 2009 |
Written at about YA level, this is an easy, albeit interesting, read and is considered one of the best English retellings of this particular body of myths. Recommended.
  hailelib | Jun 22, 2009 |
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Wildsmith, BrianIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paver, MichelleIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the northern lands the summer is short and the winter long and cold.
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Classics. Norse myths and legends introduced by bestselling author Michelle Paver, creator of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness collection and Gods and Warriors , her epic new Greek Bronze Age series for Puffin. The great Norse sagas are full of magic and heroic deeds. Odin's wanderings, Thor's hammer, the death of Bakkur, the vision of Ragnarok, tales which have been told since time immemorial are given a fresh life in this version, written as one continuous exciting adventure story. Puffin Classics contain additional endnotes for children including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more.9 yrs+… (more)

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