Challenge book 4

Last night I finished my 4th book for the Witch and Witchcraft book challenge. 

I read Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. 

This book is precisely as the reviews have described it:

  • Well written retellings of some of the most well-known myth with creative license taken to enhanced descriptions and some dialog
  • Respect to the culture from which it was taken and the movement which embraces it. 
  • A flowing read to get a good insight into the time, the people, the Pantheon 
  • Not at all a guide book for how to do Norse Magick (which apparently was a concern in some Heathen circles)

I recommend this book highly, especially for one who is just getting to know the myths. While reading this one, I also reread the graphic novel Gods of Asgard by Erik Evensen. 

The two books portray many of the same myths. Both begin with the creation myth and end with Ragnarok. Gainam makes frequent reference to the Necklace of Brisings but does not include the introduction of the necklace for the story is too “rapey” (his word choice). Evensen does include Brisings. Gainam includes the Mead of Poetry, Evensen does not. Gainam mentions more deities by name and description and includes a glossary of important names/places/items. Evensen has a cast of characters, akin to a giant Simpsons poster, which includes everyone, but not all drawn are detailed in the myths he depicts. 

Both gentlemen have little to share about goddesses, save Sif’s hair, Freya’s necklace, and Frigg’s son. Gainam believes the goddesses stories are lost to the sands of time, left for us to put back together. 

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One thought on “Challenge book 4

  1. Willow says:

    Norse mythology is so amazing. It is a shame it doesn’t play a bigger part in most American English classes. I think a classical approach is wonderful, but incorporating the myths of associated with the Norse, Celts, Native Americans, African Tribes, and other seldom covered cultures would be great as well. There is so much we can learn from them, not just about the cultures, but about ourselves as well. So many of these groups have similar stories, which makes you wonder why humans are all drawn to some of the same conclusions.

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