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This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Small confession time- this is the first book by Neil Gaiman I've ever read. I'm aware of his books and that they've been turned into various films and TV shows, of course (and I love the film version of Stardust), but I've never read the books.
With Norse Mythology, my 2nd read of 2018, I've now remedied that.
Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Part of a trilogy: No, it’s a standalone
Original publication date: 7th February 2017
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read January 2018)
Nowadays, most people know Odin, Thor and Loki from the Marvel comics/films. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, but these people are missing out on some pretty cool legends and half of the stories.
My fascination with Norse myth came from my early love of the Vikings, started just before I was a teenager and I still love learning about the mythology and the people who have become famous for many reasons. This continued into music and then when I became a Marvel fan through the films. While I often heard the most famous stories, I always longed to read the Prose Edda, one of the original translated books of the Norse myths the Vikings knew, written by Snorri, one of the most famous poets in that time.
I got that chance about two years ago and it was so nice to read the full collection. Since then, I've read various books about them and it's always interesting to see what will be included and in what detail.
In this one, Neil Gaiman has picked some of the most famous and gone from beginning to end, with great detail into Ragnarok, the end when all the gods would pitted against each other and killed. A few of these added little bits I hadn't always read before, or whole stories which I'd read but not often. It was nice to get an insight into those.
Some of my favourites are always 'Freya's' wedding- really Thor in disguise as the goddess- and Loki and his monstrous children. Also, some of the lesser known Norse gods and goddesses, such as Skadi, Idunn and Aegir are also included, along with Frey, Freya, Sif, Frigg and other more famous ones.
All in all, this was another enjoyable foray into the Norse myths. :)
What are your thoughts? Who are your favourite characters and stories? Have you ever read the Prose Edda before? As always, all the best and happy reading. :)
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