The best books on Norse mythology and polytheism

J.D. Foslan Author Of Loki's Saga: A Novel of the Norse Gods
By J.D. Foslan

The Books I Picked & Why

The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings

By Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings

Why this book?

The Norse Myths makes the Norse lore accessible to a modern audience. Unlike some collections, this is a book for adult readers and the author provides a wealth of cultural and background information to compliment the stories. For those who are new to Norse mythology, this is a wonderful starting point. For those who are already familiar with the tales, this book provides a fresh and powerful retelling of the myths.


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A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism

By John Michael Greer

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism

Why this book?

We live in a society that allows for only two possibilities: that there exists either one God or no God at all. What C.S. Lewis did for Christianity, this book does for modern Polytheism. It’s an intelligent and thoughtful read that opens up the mind and heart to new spiritual possibilities.


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Odin's Wife: Mother Earth in Germanic Mythology

By William P. Reaves

Odin's Wife: Mother Earth in Germanic Mythology

Why this book?

This richly detailed book explores the worship of Odin and his wife, providing information from Continental sources as well as surviving Norse lore. It paints a different and more complete picture of a major goddess, and also brings to light older sides of Odin that have nothing to do with our modern images of Viking berserkers.


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D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

By Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

Why this book?

Though a children’s book, D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths gives a reasonably comprehensive retelling of Norse mythology and is considered a classic for good reason. The lively and magical illustrations create a sense of innocence and wonder.


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Up And Down The Tree: Exploring the nine worlds of Yggdrasil

By Runic John

Up And Down The Tree: Exploring the nine worlds of Yggdrasil

Why this book?

This is a book for the more mystically inclined, for those who wish to learn how to journey and to have their own encounters and experiences with the Norse Gods and Goddesses. A substantial amount of information on techniques and otherworldly realms is packed into this volume. The meditations are detailed and very helpful. This is not a book to read through in one sitting, but rather a sort of practice manual to refer back to again and again.


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