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Publisher Description

“Remarkable.… Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos.”—Lisa L. Hannett, Atlantic

Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Fiction & Literature
February 7
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Kn cit ,

Awesome collection of tales from Norse mythology!

This was a really fun read, love the simple and playful language!

Amber Michele ,


I thought this book started a little slow but after the first chapter the book picked up and was hard to put down. The chapters became charming with a sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You can’t seem to go wrong with Neil Gaiman. Highly recommend this book if you’re looking to read something entertaining, funny, and charming with a sense of character charisma that keeps you intrigued.

NatalieW19 ,

Easy and enjoyable read

I don’t read much but this book is seriously pretty amazing. I loved the stories and the detail. It has some good stories in it that help to understand more of the old Norse gods. I would recommend to anyone who is interested it Norse mythology. It didn’t drag on and was fun and exciting. I couldn’t put it down! 5 stars from me. I wish there were more stories!

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