• Norse Mythology

  • Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas and Heroes
  • By: Matt Clayton
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-12-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Matt Clayton
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (25 ratings)

Summary

This audiobook gives an overview of Norse mythology, telling some of the stories of the gods, giants and other creatures of that lost era before history began.
Though the world came to know of the Norse and their legends through Roman interaction at about the time of Christ, most of what we came to know were handed-down from folk tales gathered by native writers like Snorri Sturluson (c. 1179 - 1241). This was from a time when the Norse had already been converted to Christianity. Some of what Sturluson wrote was clearly influenced by Christian beliefs of the time. As with all sources, we have to assume at least a little bit of bias was involved. The age of belief in the Norse gods had ended. We can only guess how much of those old beliefs were left out because they may have been incompatible with the new beliefs of Christendom. Sturluson gathered the tales in a work now known as the Prose Edda.
Several anonymous writers of the pre-Christian era created poems which have collected in what is now called the Poetic Edda. These pre-date Sturluson's work and thus are far more likely to give us insights into the thinking and attitudes of the early Norse people.
Danish scholar Saxo Grammaticus gave us a Latin language version of Danish history, Gesta Danorum, written in the twelfth century. But even earlier, we have more matter-of-fact writing of Roman historian Tacitus in the first century, discussing the tribes of the region they called Germania.
As with most stories, it's best to start at the beginning. And as with any story of gods, we start with the Norse version of creation.
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©2016 Matt Clayton (P)2016 Matt Clayton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sophia Nur on 21-12-17

Great Book

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Overall a great book, but a bit short and quick. Sometimes short and sweet is what you get though!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathan Jack on 21-12-17

Good Introduction

Where does Norse Mythology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

THE BEST.

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This book is a great introduction and overview of Norse myths and mythological figures. The author retells and adds his flavor to some of the classic, fundamental Norse myths and stories. I really enjoyed this book, my only regret is that it isn't longer! I think it would be a great choice to listen, as a "story before bed" book or live reading. It also makes an excellent companion to the Author, American Gods, as it helps to flesh out and provide background to the Nordic gods featured in that book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By E. Allison on 30-04-18

Very interesting

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Very interesting if very dry. I'm reading Children of Odin to start with and it leaves a lot out so this answered several questions I had. Such an interesting subject but it is very hard to get into due to the amount of material, and the different versions of stories, so this was helpful.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mira on 13-09-17

What higher praise is there?

Never a dull moment-intriguing history, and fascinating story about Norse Mythology.
By the way, I already have started Book 2 of this series. What is higher praise there?

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