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Nancy Marie Brown

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Nancy Marie Brown is the author of The Abacus and the Cross, The Far Traveler, and other nonfiction books. She has 30 years’ experience as a writer and editor. From 1981 to 2003, she wrote about science for an award-winning magazine published by Penn State University. She earned a master’s degree in comparative literature from Penn State, where she specialized in the Middle Ages. Freelance since 2003, she lives in the town of Lyndon, Vermont, with her husband, the writer Charles Fergus.

Explaining her work, she writes: "I like extremes: Science and sagas. Science and faith. History and fantasy. The Dark Ages and modern times. Fire and ice. My books combine extremes. They ask, What have we overlooked? What have we forgotten? What knowledge mu
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What is a troll? That's the question answered (sort of) by the very first troll on record, a troll-woman who accosted the 9th-century Viking skáld Bragi the Old on a deserted forest track late one night and challenged him to a poetry match.

Trolls call me moon of the dwelling-Rungnir, she declaimed: giant's wealth-sucker, storm-sun's bale, seeress's friendly companion, guardian of corpse-fjord... Read more of this blog post »
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The Far Traveler: Voyages o...
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Song of the Vikings: Snorri...
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A Good Horse Has No Color
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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"Amazing the books I run across. This was a delightful find, extremely well written with evocative images and pithy, humor-laden sentences: "My Icelandic was too rudimentary for that. It's a difficult language with an excess of grammar." and "The w..." Read more of this review »
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The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
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“All illustrate the “theory of courage,” which Tolkien called “the great contribution of early Northern literature,” meaning both Icelandic and Old English literature. It is a “creed of unyielding will”: The heroes refuse to give up even when they know the monsters—evil—will win. For that is the big difference between Snorri’s Ragnarok and the Christian Doomsday. Odin and the human army of Valhalla do not win.”
Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

“My bald pate bobs and blunders, I bang it when I fall; My cock’s gone soft and clammy And I can’t hear when they call.”
Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

“And that age was known as the Golden Age, until it was spoiled by the arrival of the women. —Snorri, Edda”
Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

“And now, if you have anything more to ask, I can't think how you can manage it, for I've never heard anyone tell more of the story of the world. Make what use of it you can.”
Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda

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