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Norse & Egyptian Illustrated Mythology

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1seblawlor
Jan 1, 1:29am Top

I'm looking for a series of illustrated mythology books, the 2 I remember reading were the Norse and Egyptian pantheons, the books were hard cover, fairly close to square and had lovely pencil style artwork that I think was black and white. For example the Norse book had an illustration of Thor lifting a cat that was actually the disguised Midgard Serpent among a group of giants. I unfortunately can't really remember any illustrations from the Egyptian book but I think there was a story were a disguised goddess tried to burn the mortality from a baby.

2MyriadBooks
Jan 1, 8:21pm Top

Ooo. I don't know these, but I'm hoping someone can recognize them for you -- I want to read them too.

When would you have read these? A year date can help to focus a book search.

I'm not sure if it helps, but I remember the story about the disguised goddess burning away mortality as an element of Greek mythology, not Egyptian. Sometimes it's the explanation to how how the hero Achilles gained his near-immortality, and sometimes it's part of the Demeter myth as to what she was up to when roaming the earth in mourning for Persephone.

3Nalkarj
Edited: Jan 1, 10:26pm Top

>1 seblawlor: Not by any chance these (http://www.germanicmythology.com/works/CRANE%20ART.html), are they?

I see the artist also did work on Egyptian mythology (http://mydelineatedlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/donn-philip-crane.html)…

…though I agree with MyriadBooks that the “burn away the baby’s mortality” story was from Greek mythology.

4seblawlor
Edited: Jan 2, 6:21am Top

MyriadBooks, I'm not sure about the burning the mortality but I think it was something to do to protect the child from scorpions I think. I think I read the books in the late 90's but I'm not sure, my memory is absolutely terrible when it comes to timelines and dates.

Nalkarj, Sadly, that's not the art, The art is shaded gray scale I think.

EDIT
I do remember that the last illustration in the Norse mythology book was of the man and woman who hid in the branches of Yggdrasil during Ragnarok coming out of hiding.

5skullduggery
Jan 2, 7:26am Top

What sort of age range were the books aimed at? Adults or children? And about how long were they? (Eg, 40 page picture books or 100 page reference books?) Any extra info could help us narrow our searches.

6DemetriosX
Jan 2, 7:39am Top

You might try looking at some of the suggestions in this thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/86209

Quite a few illustrated mythology series got suggested there.

7seblawlor
Edited: Jan 2, 8:25am Top

I found them, the Egyptian book is called Gods and Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology, the Greek mythology book is Gods, Men and Monsters from Greek Myths and I'm fairly certain the Norse book is Gods and Heroes from Viking Mythology. I think they're all part of a series called World Mythology
A listing of all the books is https://www.goodreads.com/series/178420
Thanks to all who tried to find the books.

9skullduggery
Jan 2, 1:59pm Top

Thank so much for coming back to post what they were!

10humouress
Jan 2, 4:49pm Top

Yay! Happy New Year.

11Nalkarj
Jan 2, 5:03pm Top

Congrats from me as well, skullduggery!

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