Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

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 g...

Details Norse Mythology

TitleNorse Mythology
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreFantasy, Mythology, Fiction, Short Stories, Audiobook

Reviews Norse Mythology

  • Emily May
    I've always loved mythology, folktales and legends. They are the original fairy tales of humanity and, given the timeless fairytale quality to Gaiman's writing, it seemed to follow that he would be the perfect writer for a book of Norse mythology. He is. In fact, Gaiman seems born to write (or rewrite) myths.Norse mythology is actually one I've always been less familiar with. I know Greek, Roman and Egyptian fairly well, and some Indian as well, ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Gaiman is, without a doubt, one of the most multi-talented writers alive today. I don’t say this out of a sense of personal bias, but with a degree of objectivity. Not only does he write fantastic comics, intelligent children’s stories and detailed novels about the nature of godhood (even if I didn’t personally enjoy them all), he also has adapted Norse mythology and re-written it with his modern stylish flair. He really is a talented man; ...
  • Ana
    I am no longer a Neil Gaiman virgin. Being a mythology nut, I practically devoured it in one sitting. Odin Thor Frigg Tyr Loki Baldur Heimdall Idun Bragi Vidar Váli Njord Frey and Freyja Nótt
  • Bradley
    Definitely short, but imminently readable. This is one of the best straight mythology books I've read when it comes to pure enjoyment. I say this, fully aware that I'm a Gaiman fanboy, and yet, I still mean it. :)Don't look for fiction here. Rather, look for the source material and a clear understanding of the Norse mythos as far as we have it. So much has been lost and then, there's a ton of fragments. Alas. But what we do have is quite cool.My ...
  • Katerina
    In the beginning, there was nothing but mist and flames.At least, that's what the Edda claims.I've always been fascinated with Norse Mythology (and with everything ancient in general). With its strong impact on Marvel's movies, metal music and J.R.R. Tolkien, the AllFather of high fantasy, references to the mighty Gods of Asgard, and the impending twilight thereof, are a part of daily life. Neil Gaiman did not invent a story from the start. He ha...
  • Petrik
    3.5/5 StarsGilgamesh from Mesopotamian religion, Izanagi from Japanese creation myth and Zeus from Greek myth. These are a few popular figures from many mythologies around the globe. I’m here to let you know my thoughts on one of the most popular and well known mythology, Norse Mythology, told by Neil Gaiman with Odin, Thor, and Loki at the center of the lore.Norse mythology has always been one of the foundations used for most fictional stories...
  • Dan Schwent
    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a compulsively readable retelling of various myths from Norse Mythology.Once upon a time, in that hazy prehistoric time before Goodreads, Neil Gaiman was my favorite author. Sandman was the gateway drug but I read all the Gaiman works I could get my hands on: American Gods, Neverwhere, Coraline, Stardust, you get the point. As the years went by, some of the shine wore off that penny. As I explored Gaimain's influ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    First off the cover of this book is amaze balls! I just freaking love it! ❤ Many gods and goddesses are named in Norse mythology. You will meet quite a few of them in these pages. Most of the stories we have, however, concern two gods, Odin and his son Thor, and Odin's blood brother, a giant's son called Loki, who lives with the Aesir in Asgard. I have always wanted to read a good book on Norse Mythology and I think Neil Gaiman did a great job ...
  • Lyn
    Hammer of the gods!A book written by NEIL GAIMAN about NORSE MYTHOLOGY was a book I was going to read. There was no way I was NOT going to read it. Mr. Gaiman might as well have mentioned me in the dedication page “… and of course Lyn must read this.”And I was going to like it. He could have written “They were blond and cold. The end.” and I’d have said WOW! succinctly stated, he’s a genius!!!Thankfully Gaiman goes into some more de...
  • Amalia Gavea
    "Had Ragnarok happened yet? Was it still to happen?I did not know then.I am not certain now." *Disclaimer--Offensive comments regarding which country has the “best and most diverse mythology in the world” (yes, there were people actually writing about and fighting over that (!) or comments regarding religion in general will be immediately deleted and flagged. There’s YouTube and Facebook if some want to engage in such nonsense as fighting o...
  • Paul O'Neill
    What a fantastic retelling of Norse Myths. Featuring such characters as Odin, Thor and Loki along with a host of other lesser known gods and characters. Gaiman does his best to stick to the source material and not stray too far from the myths themselves, writing it in his own language which really brings the stories to life. By doing this, Gaiman has written the perfect place to start if you want to learn more about Norse Mythology in my view. Wh...
  • Ahmed Ejaz
    **Spoiler Free Review** There is no glory without danger Before beginning the review, I clear out that I read this book as a fictional work not as the work which I believe can be/is true. I am telling you because this book was getting little serious about narrating these myths. Like trying to make us believe these are real facts. Now, the actual review: This book is the re-writing of Norse Mythology. Author doesn't exaggerate the facts. He simp...
  • Philip
    2.5ish starsInteresting folklore told competently, descriptively and cleverly. That's about the gist of it.Most of the stories were new to me. Some of them I enjoyed more than others. All of the blurbs describe this as Gaiman's "version/rendition/interpretation" of the mythos (and he presents a good rendition) rather than actual fiction. As such, this was more of a "that was cool I'm glad I read that" read than a "whoa coolest book ever!" read. F...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    I do not have a strong knowledge of any mythology as a general rule. It's something I've been wanting to remedy for a while, but it's a vast subject.I've known for a while that Gaiman was working on Norse Mythology (for almost 8 years wowza!), and that many of his stories and characters take inspiration from the Norse tales. So naturally, I pre-ordered this one.I did enjoy this. It's a selection of tales, mostly focusing on Odin, Loki, and Thor, ...
  • Seemita
    [Originally appeared here:]Of all the fiction in this world, I find the ones rooted in mythology the most enticing; not because there is an element of otherworldly magic in them but because somewhere deep down, a bewitching veil of truth hovers above them. The characters we read of, the prowess we fall to, the betrayals we appall at and the spells we dive in, have all a debatable root which almost like our...
  • Bil
    More like two and a half to three stars. As much as I enjoy reading a collection of myths (even reading them as bedtime stories), this one disappointed me. I am certain that Neil Gaiman has solidified his name as an author of fiction novels but I have only read one book from his collected works so this makes me a Gaiman novice.Like any mythic fiction, Norse Mythology is rooted from various folklore about natural phenomena symbolized as gods and s...
  • Celeste
    Full review now posted!When I was a little girl, I was completely obsessed with mythology. Greek, Roman (or Greek with different names, because Rome was nothing if not unoriginal), Norse, Egyptian, Indian, Native American, Japanese, Russian, etc, were all equally interesting to me. I wanted to know what ancient civilizations believed and why, and how those beliefs still influenced their culture. My faith was important to me and heavily influenced...
  • PorshaJo
    I have a confession.....Neil Gaiman is my literary crush (well, one of two) and it in no way influences my feelings for this book. Well, maybe it does. I love everything that he writes and this one is no exception. When I saw he had a new book coming out on Norse Mythology I couldn't wait to get it. Norse Mythology is a series of stories of myths of the Norse Gods. You learn about Odin, Thor, Loki and many others, how they all came to be. You lea...
  • Jokoloyo
    This book is suitable for introduction of Norse Mythology. The book is pretty short and each story is pretty simple and not too tragic, compared to Norse Mythology that I've read on Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.There are two things which fascinates me when reading this book:1. there is hint about real life culture acculturation in Norse mythology with the story of Vanir and Aesir. When I was a child, I was confused with the concep...
  • Anna
    Εντάξει.. τι θα περίμενε κάποιος από έναν μάστερ των παραμυθιών;Εδώ λοιπόν έχουμε τις κυριότερες στιγμές της Σκανδιναβικής Μυθολογίας (αλήθεια, ξέρετε ότι κατά τον εκχριστιανισμό των Βόρειων Κρατών καταστράφηκε το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των γραπτών τ...
  • Miranda Reads
    “Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.” This is my first comprehensive book on Norse Mythology and I was not a huge fan. Everything seems too disconnected. The Gods actions, their reactions, their punishments all don't seem to fit. There wasn't fluidity between one legend and the next - it felt like a bunch of disjointed vignettes featuring the s...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    “The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days...”If there is one thing you cannot do when you pick up a Gaiman book, it is not reading the introduction. Sometimes I think I read Gaiman only because of his introductions. (Totally untrue. I read him for many reasons, far more than I can count and let alone explain, the most important of which being: me being hopelessly in love.)I believe...
  • Carlos
    I loved this book, it was fun, fast read and very informative. You get to learn all about Norse mythology, you will find Loki who is both a hero and a villain at the same time, Thor who is both brave, smart, dumb and weak in different stories, Odin who will lie and cheat to get what he wants. It is really a fun light read, but the only reason ill give 4 stars to this book instead of 5 is that i think this book could have been released by anybody ...
  • Trish
    I'm a huge fan of mythology. My specialty so far has been Ancient Egyptian mythology since I started reading about those gods when I was only 9 years old. However, my second favourite canon is that of the Norse gods. Sadly, because people like the Vikings didn't have written records, most of that mythology was lost. Moreover, the old records that we do have, have been made by men such as Snorri Sturluson, who lived many years later. That also exp...
  • Chihoe Ho
    Yes, yes, yes, an infinite yeses! Neil Gaiman hammers this one down like a boss.I'm a slow reader but I was so enchanted by "Norse Mythology" that I read all 250+ pages of it in a day. It felt like I was sitting around the campfire listening to Neil Gaiman narrate these stories as I look up into the blanket of stars (two bright ones are the giant Thiazi's eyes!), wondering if Odin, Thor and Loki are smiling down upon us, appeased with Gaiman's de...
  • Gabrielle
    So I had made this New Year resolution about not buying new books, because I went a little insane last year and I am running out of shelf space. Predictably, that all went to Hell the moment I saw "Norse Mythology" at the book store… I should make more realistic resolutions, because I really can't resist a new Neil Gaiman book…I have always been fascinated with mythology. My mother gave me a copy of Robert Graves' "The Greek Myths" when I was...
  • Sr3yas
    ❝ Read the stories in this book, then make them your own.❞ Just like Neil Gaiman (and most of us, I wager), my introduction to Norse mythology was through Marvel comics and Disney's live action adaptation of the same. (While we are on the subject, my introduction to Greek mythology was through Disney's epic cartoon series, Hercules and my introduction to Hindu mythology was through Jai Hanuman and my mom, of course)This collection tells some ...
  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
    4 stars!!!Now THAT was an epic journey. I really don’t know what to say. It was magical, hilarious, creative, and really surprising. I really liked this book. It was entertaining. I didn't know that the norse myths are somewhat like a children's fairytales. There are a lot of mythical creatures found in this book; the gods, giants, elves, and dwarves. Now these creatures are involved in every chapter in the strangest way possible. It can be des...
  • Hannah
    First things first: I absolutely adore Neil Gaiman (I mean, who doesn't, right?!), so I was already sold on this book when it was announced - and I pre-ordered it shortly after that. So this review will probably not be very impartial, but then again, which of my reviews ever is?So yes, I liked this a lot; I love mythology of all kind, I love stories told matter-of-factly, especially if the stories told remind me of the fairy tales I read when I w...