Book Review: Norse Mythology

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Inspired by Gaiman’s book, Larrabee made his own Mjollnir, the lightning-maker (hammer of Thor) out of cardboard.

In Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman retells the stories of Odin, Thor, Loki, and the other gods, goddesses, dwarves, and giants of the nine worlds. It’s fast-paced and funny–a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Larrabee read this book first and then lent it to me. He loved it, although he reported that “The Mead of Poets” was a little scarring for an eight year old. Especially one who’s written some bad haiku. You’ll have to read the book yourself to understand why.

I’m less familiar with the Norse myths than I am with Greek and Roman mythology, so many of these stories were new to me. I’ve encountered some of the characters in popular culture, though, including in Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants, and Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series, and it was nice to get their full story.

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One thought on “Book Review: Norse Mythology

  1. I think Gaiman’s Norse Mythology works as a nice introduction for those who want to delve into Norse myths but are intimidated by some of the more academic books on the subject. It’s definitely a fun read, especially with the little changes Gaiman adds to the characters, though some Norse purists may balk at the suggestion. Great review!

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