The Best Books On Viking Gods & Heroes

The Books I Picked & Why

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

By Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

Why this book?

The D'Aulaire's book is a visual feast of stories from the land of ice, fire and Viking culture. The tales are well-told and exciting. It comes with lively illustrations which offer children who haven't encountered Thor, Odin, Freya or Loki before, a panorama of this marvelous world and the many adventures of the Norse Gods.


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Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

Why this book?

Neil Gaiman relates the classic tales of Norse Mythology in an easy-to-read, modern-day voice. The best thing about this book is that he describes the Hall of Valhalla and the Realm of Asgard as clearly as your own town, and the personalities of the gods as familiar as members of your own family—that is, if you had an uncle who could command thunder with a mighty hammer, or a father who was a king who travelled in disguise, assisted by two whispering ravens!


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Norse, Celtic Mythology & Runes: Explore The Timeless Tales Of Norse & Celtic Folklore, The Myths, History, Sagas & Legends + The Magic, Spells & Meanings of Runes

By Sofia Visconti

Norse, Celtic Mythology & Runes: Explore The Timeless Tales Of Norse & Celtic Folklore, The Myths, History, Sagas & Legends + The Magic, Spells & Meanings of Runes

Why this book?

Have you ever been curious about changlings, banshees, or megaliths? Have you wondered who, exactly, Merlin the magician was? It's all in Sofia Visconti's timeless tales. This book is a great guide to the Celtic, Irish and Scottish myths. It's like having an encyclopedia of magical beings at your fingertips.


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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

By Edith Hamilton

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Why this book?

Edith Hamilton wrote the last word on Greek myths. If any story isn't in here, it probably doesn't exist. She presents greatest stories from both Greek and Viking mythology, passed down for thousands of years, and depicts the Gods and heros of mythology as powerful beings full of very familiar human flaws.


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Beowulf

By Seamus Heaney

Beowulf

Why this book?

If you want a heart-stopping superhero tale, this is it! Beowulf is the tale of a valiant knight and his conquest of the monster Grendel, told with bone-crunching drama! This story is an ancient Scandinavian hero saga, translated for this book by the poet Seamus Heaney. A recent edition includes pictures to give the reader a visual sense of Viking culture.


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