8 Best Books About Odin Update 05/2022

Books About Odin

Check out the best books on Odin that have been recommended by authors, experts, and creators, then choose one to read. As well as why they think they’re good books.

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The Age of Odin

By James Lovegrove

The Age of Odin

Because this book is interesting.

The Gods are Skadi, Freya, Thor, and more. They are all in this group.

The Norse Code is another way to think about Ragnarok, but it’s very different from this one. Age of Odin is set in a post-apocalyptic mini-ice age, the fimbulwinter that comes before Ragnarok. It tells the story of a soldier/mercenary who signs up for the job with no idea what he’s getting himself into. It also features Ratatosk, the squirrel who lives on and spreads gossip all over the World Tree.

Odin’s Wife: Mother Earth in Germanic Mythology

By William P. Reaves

Because this book is interesting.

This book is very detailed about the worship of Odin and his wife, and it includes information from both European sources and old Norse stories. In this book, a major goddess is shown in a new and more complete way. It also shows old parts of Odin that have nothing to do with how we think of Viking berserkers.

The Wanderer’s Havamal

By Jackson Crawford, Unknown

Because this book is interesting.

This poem in Old Norse was part of the Poetic Edda, a collection of works that Snorri Sturlusson put together around 1300 CE. This poem was written in Old Norse. On the World Tree of Yggdrasil, Odin sacrificed himself. Odin claims to know 18 spells that he can use. This book is about the god Odin. The book gives a lot of interesting information about life in Viking times. My favorite part is the section on spells, which includes healing, making metal so weapons do less damage, escaping artists, redirecting curses, calming the wind, and even resurrection. People don’t like Hávamál as much as they like some other things. … show more.

The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

By Jackson Crawford, Unknown

The Saga of the Volsungs With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

When The Saga of the Volsungs was written down in Iceland in the 1200s, it was written by someone who knew the poems about them that were in the Poetic Edda, but also knew a lot of other poems about them that we don’t have. Unknown: Instead of just passing on the poems, this unknown author tried to put together a story about the many generations of this family, starting with the god Odin’s birth of their first ancestor and ending with all the events that led Odin himself to become an important figure in this family history. … show more.

Myths of the Pagan North: The Gods of the Norsemen

By Christopher Abram

Because this book is interesting.

Not at all what it says on the tin. Chris Abrams’s Myths of the Pagan North, on the other hand, is not a book about the Norse myths or a guide to the worlds they describe. The myths as we know them today were not always this way. Instead, they went through a long and detailed look at how they came to be, what evidence there is for the Norse mythos outside of the two major compilations of thirteenth-century Icelandic prose and poetry (Snorri’s Edda, or “Elder Edda”), and how these stories were used in the societies of the Viking Age and medieval north. With chapters that look at how the myths came to be and how they changed over time, the full range of myths is covered. … show more.

Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman

Because this book is interesting.

Gaiman is one of the best and most popular modern storytellers. His work in comics (Sandman), novels (such as American Gods), and movies (like Beowulf, 2007) shows a deft and agile touch. If you’re interested in learning about the Prose Eddas and Norse mythology, this book is for you. It’s a fun retelling of the most important stories in Norse mythology, from Odin to Loki to the Valkyrie. It’s a quick read that will make you want to look into it more.

Gaiman is a huge fan of Norse mythology, and he used to love telling his kids the stories when they were little. At some point, he decided to write down how to tell them and spread the love around.

During this, it will feel like you’re sitting around the fire and hearing him tell the story. Unlike other mythology books, these stories are written in the way they were meant to be told. They are exciting, but without all the footnotes that other mythology books like to add. They’re told like stories because that’s what they are, and that’s why.

The Sagas of the Icelanders 

by Jane Smiley

The Sagas of the Icelanders

Family sagas are a type of Icelandic prose story. The Saga of the Icelanders is based on this type of story. This is because they focus on the families who first moved to Iceland, then to Greenland, and then to North America before going back to Iceland before going back.

When someone called this book “a huge project,” it’s true. People have names that look a lot alike, and there are a lot of tangents that might be hard to follow. After reading the Game of Thrones books, this is what you should do next.

Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths 

by Nancy Marie Brown

Want to know more about the man who put everything together? Nancy Marie Brown has Snorri Snurlson’s phone number, so she can call him back when she wants. In fact, he wasn’t just a skald who went from longhouse to longhouse, or some kind of Norse Homer. He was a real person. At the time, he was very smart, very powerful in politics, and one of the richest men in the country. He was also very well-traveled for a man of his time, which may have helped him write the stories we know and love.

You can get a sense of Brown’s writing style by reading her work on Tor.com. a lot of it is based on guesses about the man’s life, but it’s well-thought-out and well-sourced.

To be honest, it will help you a lot if you know a lot about Snurlson’s work. So, of course, we have to tell you about…

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