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Whether they focus on Thor's powerful hammer, the mysterious valkyries, the palatial home of the gods - Asgard - or ravenous wolves and fierce elemental giants, the Norse myths are packed with vivid incident. But at the centre of their cosmos stands a gnarled old ash tree from which all distances and times are measured. When the old tree creaks, Ragnarok - the end of the wWhether they focus on Thor's powerful hammer, the mysterious valkyries, the palatial home of the gods - Asgard - or ravenous wolves and fierce elemental giants, the Norse myths are packed with vivid incident. But at the centre of their cosmos stands a gnarled old ash tree from which all distances and times are measured. When the old tree creaks, Ragnarok - the end of the world and of the gods themselves - is at hand. It is from this tree that Odin, father of the gods, hanged himself in search of the wisdom of the dead: a disturbing image of divine sacrifice far removed from the feasting and fighting of his otherworld home, Valhalla. This is the first book to show how the Norse myths have resonated from era to era: from Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; and from Wagner's Ring to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor. Heather O'Donoghue considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present. From Asgard to Valhalla is a book that will intrigue and delight anyone with an interest in how the Norse myths have so profoundly shaped the western cultural heritage....

Title : From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
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ISBN : 9781845113575
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-21 08:39

    A very engaging book that is perfect for anyone with an interest in Norse Mythology. It provides a detailed introduction into the different aspects of the mythology in sagas and follows up by then exploring their influence on culture in recent history. I really enjoyed it and also learnt a lot about the way characters or myths are told, the meaning within them and the earliest days of popular interest in the mythology. Learning about 19th century scandinavian interest pre WW1 was fascinating.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-13 08:48

    A truly eye opening, always interesting, well researched book on not the origins of Norse Myths but also their impact on history, culture & politics. I am a life long fan of Norse Mythology and also have read alot of what I call Norse Fantasy novels which show the continued influence of the legends and characters. I was very pleased to see Heather had looked into two such titles, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Melyn Burgess's Blood duo.I am also a comic reader of Thor and have played games that reference of involve Norse Myths. I learnt a lot more about the myths and their influence in poetry, prose, art, theatre.The tone and narrative style of the book is very easy to follow, doesn't get boring or laborious at all.Highly recommend for fans of norse mythology or with academic interest in this subject.

  • Salvatore
    2019-06-04 13:49

    A fantastic and entertaining primer on Norse myths - their 'origins', their purpose, and their effect on culture. The first half is devoted to retelling and describing the importance of some of the notable myths and sagas of Scandinavia. The second half is devoted to how other cultures have repurposed them, how other authors have retold them with whatever slant. The bibliography looks fascinating. Unfortunately I've been striking out with the NYPL on getting the books suggested. Definitely worth a read if interested in this. The Wagner discussion (almost a whole chapter, obviously the one about racism) is worthy of the admission price.

  • Jordan
    2019-05-20 09:49

    The book is fast paced and covers a lot of ground.. the most interesting chapter was by far the last, which largely covered modern day interpretations and usages of the Norse Myths, but over all the book has a lot of issues, LOTS of typos, with one glaring example on the last page where it states that 'Marvels' The Mighty Thor' is Published by DC comics.. while it may seem petty, overlooking so simple an error in the galley proofing of this work makes me question the entire volume..

  • Marian Weaver
    2019-06-02 11:58

    I can't abide shoddy scholarship.

  • Nicki Markus
    2019-05-27 06:43

    I found From Asgard to Valhalla to be an interesting read. The author begins with several chapters offering an overview of the myths, before launching into an assessment of their place in popular culture. I didn't always agree with everything the author stated and felt she missed some important and obvious comparisons - particularly in relation to The Lord of the Rings and Marvel's Thor, but even so, this is an entertaining and insightful piece of writing and a worthy addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in Norse myth and/or the place of myth in modern culture.

  • lisa anniesette
    2019-05-25 09:58

    Quickly turned boringly historic. If you're loking for a book about the myths - this isn't it.

  • Michael
    2019-05-30 14:59

    Whew, talk about an exhaustive work. O'Donoghue covers the history of the Norse myths in detail, but I wouldn't really recommend it for light reading.

  • Jamie Maclaren
    2019-06-16 07:50

    Great introductory text and an excellent overview of how Norse Mythology has been appropriated and adapted over the centuries.

  •  Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ
    2019-06-18 11:42

    a fascinating book