If we go into countries like Sweden or Norway, we will understand that a large part of their culture is based on a Norse mythology that dates back to times before Christianity and is made up of Viking characters and legends that continue to confer that epic and unique atmosphere. Legends and myths of great warriors, elves and beasts, valkyries and powerful gods that are part of these following highly recommended Norse myths and gods books .

Norse Gods and Myths Books

Norse myth, by Neil Gaiman

One of the great storytellers of fantasy literature of our time surprised the entire world with the publication of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Sandman, setting aside time to explore the magic of other lands such as the northern countries. In Norse Myths, Gaiman recovers the stories he read as a child to reinvent them with humor and passion, almost recommending them to parents to read to their children. Throughout its pages we witness the ambitions of the gods or their impulsiveness in the face of sex and war through characters such as Thor and his famous hammer, Odin or Loki , key characters in the Edda scriptures that constitute the pillar of this mythology. An essential classic.

Mythological Texts of the Eddas, by Snorri Sturluson

Published in 1932, Mythological Texts of the Eddas analyzes the most important Norse myths of Iceland thanks to the work of Snorri, historian and jurist who in the 12th century gave life to the main writings of the so-called minor Edda:  Gylfaginning , more narrative the  Skáldskaparmál , poetic in character, and the  Háttatal , a list of verse forms. Excerpts from the stories of the Norwegian kings that form the bridge between classical and medieval times in Scandinavia, especially in the Icelandic area, are also collected.

Celtic and Norse mythology, by Alessandra Bartolotti

Although many often confuse the mythology of the Celts with that of the Norse and both come from the same origin, the Indo-European peoples, the two diversify into different customs. The Celts allow themselves to be guided by magic and romance in their stories, while the Nordics promoted conquest, resisting a Christianity that ended up bending both cultures. These two cultures are analyzed by Bartolotti in this book in which the author delves into their most popular stories with great success.

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The Destiny of the Gods: Interpretation of Norse Mythology, by Patxi Lanceros

Professor of Political Philosophy and Theory of Culture at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the University of Deusto, in Bilbao, Patxi Lanceros was in charge of making the first definitive translation of the Nordic myths into our language . A work in which the author reveals to us the traits and cosmology of a culture that, like many others that dotted the Earth in ancient times, interpreted the world in a specific, unique way, extending its stories to the Germanic and Greek mythologies. Anglo-Saxon so closely linked to that of the cold northern countries.

Norse Myths by R.I. Page

Raymond Ian Page, who died in 2012, was a British historian obsessed with Norse mythology  that he unraveled in books such as his Norse Myths, published in 1992. A compendium of stories that includes  Odin and Thor, Sigurd the Volsung, Freyia and Loki, Gudrun and Brynhild , protagonists of the major epic tales of this mythology of maidens in sheer gowns, axe-wielding gods, and warriors being rocked in chariots of flying horses. A great story from one of the great experts of the myths of the north of the 20th century.

Danish History (Books of Bad Times), by Saxo Grammarian

Saxo Grammaticus was a 12th century Danish historian whose main data is known through this book. A review of the history of the kings of Denmark since ancient times for which the author investigated the different stories and narratives of Norse mythology, especially that from Iceland. Hers is also Gesta Danorum, a text of Danish history written in Latin of which different extracts are preserved that today shine in the National Library of Denmark and whose third volume includes an early version of Shakespeare’s famous Hamlet.

Norse Heroes: The Official Guide to the Magnus Chase Universe by Rick Riordan

Riordan is an American author whose works try to link Norse myths with the present day through the character of Magnus Chase , a misunderstood boy from Boston. Volumes whose fantasy universe are collected in this volume that will delight lovers of illustrated books thanks to the collection of creatures and characters from Norse myths that fill this essential guide that also includes interviews, anecdotes and explanations of the gods of Asgard or the training for Ragnarok , the doomsday battle that inspired the latest installment in the Disney/Marvel Thor saga.

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Loki was considered the God of Deception , the same one who was exiled by the gods and promised revenge against them. Accompanied by the wolf Fenrir, the legendary Midgard serpent and an army of giants with which he intends to put an end to the nine worlds, Loki undertakes a war against his enemies, Thor and Odin, collected in this entertaining and entertaining book that analyzes the different stories Nordic films focusing on one of its flagship characters, best known for the character from the Thor saga played by Tom Hiddleston.

The Mark of Odin: The Awakening, by Xavier Marce

The god of wisdom and war is the most important in Norse mythology and the protagonist of this first installment of a transmedia saga that completely changes the way of conceiving literature. Through a code that allows you to access a platform, Marce’s universe offers stories based on these myths and this one, in particular, takes place through the premonitory dreams of Luis, an aerospace engineer on whom the entire fate of Marce will depend. The humanity.

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