Norse Mythology Review


Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again

Summary from Goodreads.

With Norse mythology being the one that I know the least of (thanks Rick Riordan for explaining most others!), I went into this expecting to learn a lot about the Norse gods and what I got was a mixed bag.

With majority of my knowledge of Norse mythology coming from the Thor movies, I only knew very little. Gaiman managed to introduced me to a new mythology and explain the basics of it without overwhelming me. He chose to do this in the form of short stories which all link together and follow on from each other but recount some of the significant events that occurred, and will occur in Norse mythology.

Whilst I always love reading and learning about new things, Gaiman was unable to get me wanting to find out more about these gods. The writing style was very enjoyable but maybe it was just the subject matter that made me unable to get excited about what was going to happen.

If you are interested in mythology, then this will help expand your knowledge.


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