MARTYN & HANNAH WHITTOCK    Book Number: 85629    Product format: Paperback

From Tolkien's Middle-Earth to Hollywood superheroes there have been many recreations and reinterpretations owed to the ancient Viking tales of gods and heroes. Here key Norse myths are retold and set in context for modern readers. Each story is freed from its tangle of mostly Icelandic medieval accounts so that it can be read on its own. The stories are set in their place within the Viking world-view and an accompanying commentary helps explain what is happening in each story and its significance. Odin speaks of how he gained wisdom and rune-knowledge. Gold is described as Glasir's Leaves or Sif's Hair. One myth poem shows how Odin rode into Hel to discover the identity of Baldr's killer. We read of the ash tree of Yggdrasil, maidens who shape the fate of men, Thor dressed as a woman for his wedding to Thrym, the Saga of the Volsungs and the story of Sigurd, the dragon-slayer, the sacrifice of a king to bring prosperity to the land, the Saga of King Hrolf Kraki who killed Hroar in battle and then demanded to marry his widow. She was Ogn, the daughter of King Nordri of Northumbria who was carrying Hroar's child. We are transported to ancient times and places with expert guiding hands. 278pp in large glamorous softback.
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ISBN 9781472138033
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