Song of the Vikings

Song of the Vikings

Snorri and the Making of the Norse Myths

Book - 2012
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"Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are read, reread, and treasured. Famous storytellers such as JRR Tolkien and Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. The author who gave us Nordic mythology is a twelfth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. While his stories make great reading for children, the amazing world of medieval Scandinavia has been omitted from narrative history. In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings to life the intrigue and power struggles at the court of medieval Reykjav'k that Snorri inhabited. Drawing on new and original research, her deep knowledge of Icelandic history, and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown produces a richly textured narrative of a world that continues to fascinate. "--
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
ISBN: 9781137278876
Branch Call Number: 839.63 Brown 10/2012
Characteristics: xi, 244 pages :,illustrations., maps ;,25 cm.


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Mar 19, 2017

While a bit dry or over-detailed in places, this book does a very good job of explaining the Icelandic contributions to literature (which is far more extensive than most realize) as it highlights the life of Snorri Sturluson, the poet who recorded, and perhaps created, Norse mythology.

Jun 04, 2016

Any Nancy Brown book is worth picking up. She sets the subject into the historical context so well.


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