Norse Mythology

By John Lindow,

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Norse Mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland-outlining along the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.

The book begins with an Introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place…

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If you’re looking for a comprehensive reference book on the Norse deities, this is the title to get. In addition to describing the historical context and importance of Scandinavian mythology, the book alphabetically lists, describes, and explains the gods, the goddesses, as well as important mythological artifacts and creatures. It also has a section for additional resources and an excellent index. This is the book I find myself referring back to over and over again to make sure I’ve got my details right in my own writing.

As an expert on Norse mythology, this is the book I reach for again and again. Who was Angrboda? Where was Folkvang? What does Yggdrasil mean? John Lindow answers all these questions, and hundreds more, in Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs.

Organized alphabetically, Lindow puts at your fingertips a concise description of each name or concept in the Norse myths and lists all the original poems and tales in which you’ll find it, plus a number of scholarly studies (now 20 years out of date, but still valuable). A few entries are illustrated with…

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