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D'Aulaires' Norse Gods & Giants

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  2,207 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Ancient myths, populated by gods and giants, wereinvented by the imaginative Norsemen centuriesago. Everything from the creation of the world todaily events and supernatural occurrences form thebasis for these incredible, fun and fascinatingstories. Complete with a Reader's Companion: acombination index, glossary, pronunciation and reader'sguide. ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published August 19th 1986 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (first published 1967)
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Brad
The English ABCs of D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths (with one addition and some subtractions) by Miloš & Brontë*:

A -- Alfheim: It's the place where the elves live. There's lots of elves there with bows, and they have long blonde hair and pointy years. The wear archer clothes and stuff.

B -- Balder: The God of Light (is he the God of Light? Maybe he's just goodness. No, he's the God of Light too). He was always happy. He was never mad. He just smiled the whole time. I can't remember a time wh
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Emtiaj Hasan
মিথের বই এবং সেই সাথে ঝকঝকে রঙিন ছবি, এই বই ভালো না লেগে পারে?

গলপের বরণনা বেশি ভাললাগছে, আর ছবিগুলো বেশি কিউট। কিছু ছবি এটাচ করে দিলাম। Height, Width এর সমসযার কারণে খুব ভালোলাগার কিছু ছবি দিতে পারলাম না :(

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যুদধরত Odin, দেবতাদের দেবতা। ঘোড়ার পা কয়টা খেয়াল করেছ?


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Freya, ভালোবাসার দেবী, কোলে তার মেয়ে Noss.


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পৃথিবীর পরথম মানব Ask, মানবী Embla.


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দেবী Gefjon ও তার চার ছেলে, তৈরী করছে Sjaelland দবীপ।


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Skade, the Ski-goddess.


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দেবী Idunn, যৌবন রকষাকারী আপেলের পাহারাদাতা। হারপ হাতে রয়েছে তার সবামী Bragi, কবিদের দে
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Deborah Markus
(UPDATE: I'm pretty sure I wrote this review around the time the awesome Loki movies started being released. Way too much focus on his boring blond brother in those, am I right?)

It took me a long time to come around to the idea that the Norse myths could be compelling. Even dating a guy who was crazy about them didn't help. They just seemed so solemn and manly, especially compared to the Greek gods. I could imagine falling into their world. But the Norse names were weird, and the women were utte
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Well-loved books from my past

Rating: 4* of five

Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire were a married couple of Euro-origin, he Swiss and she Norwegian, who came to the US in the 1920s to pursue fame and fortune. Edgar was an illustrator for books, magazines, and the like, while Ingri painted rich guys' portraits. Came the Depression, oh dearie me...everything got harder...so the two collaborated on writing and illustrating kids' books together. For forty-plus years, the couple turned out beautiful, bea
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Sesana
Years ago, I got a copy of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths from a library sale. And I loved it. That's where my love of mythology, and probably all folklore, started, with that one 50 cent book from a library sale. But this isn't about the Greek myths, it's about the Norse myths.

I'm ashamed that it took me so long to get around to reading the d'Aulaire's treatment of Norse myths. After all, I loved their version of the Greek myths so much. I still tend to picture the Greek gods through their ima
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RE de Leon
d'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths has the distinction of being the first book I ever bought with the next generation specifically in mind. I was trawling Amazon one day and suddenly recalled a moment when I was ten years old, and I discovered a storybook of Norse myths. I recalled Thor with his eight-legged horse, and odin with his patched up eye and the rainbow bridge to Asgard.

And then I decided I wanted my kids to also have that experience, especially if I have a daughter. (I suppose that's bec
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Kristi
I love mythology and Norse mythology especially. But, I never really knew the backgrounds and had the familiarity with the norse myths like I do greek and egyptian mythology. I wanted something that simply told the stories of Norse mythology without being technical. I wanted the "fairy-tale-esque" type of story and that's exactly what I got with this book.

Great for introducing children to the myths too!
Frederick
Jan 29, 2008 Frederick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folklorists, People Who Love Literature and Myth
[Addendum: After posting this review the other day, Mark sent me a comment pointing out that my praise of this book was a bit tepid. I replied that the text seemed a little tame. In any case, I've perused this book again and have to say I was dead wrong. This is as intellectual as a children's book gets and it remains entertaining. There is a fine glossary and, I must say, I now know why I always wished I'd read more than the three or so chapters I read as a child. These myths are given tremendo ...more
Sirole
I lost the 1965 edition of this book which I grew up reading until I had fair memorized it. The illustrations and text were fascinating to me, and I found a more recent copy from Scholastic for my children. I credit the early exposure to Norse Mythology with my comprehension of Grendel in High School, and other, similar texts throughout my college coursework. It was fascinating to me, to compare the darker mythology of the Norse Gods to what I perceived to be the lighter mythology of the Greeks ...more
Rebecca Huston
A wonderful book from my childhood with spirited storytelling and beautiful illustrations. Enjoyable for adults as well as children, and not at all dated. Five stars overall.

For the longer review, please go here:
http://www.epinions.com/review/Book_D...
Michael Curtis
Of course the illustrations are wonderful, but the glossary of names with pronunciations and the map of the Norse cosmos are noteworthy additions. I read these stories aloud to my seven year old son and we were both captivated.
Jocelin
With the popularity of the "Percy Jackson" series featuring both Greek and Roman mythology, I wanted to give this book a try. I did hear that Rick Riordan was going to be writing a book about Norse mythology and I wanted to read up on some of the stories of the Nordic mythological realm. Some of the stories were interesting: Odin, Thor & Loki and others did not capture my imagination. When making new discoveries in mythology it is, interesting to learn about tales from other countries. Inter ...more
Stuart
D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths is a gorgeous hardcover that is approximately 12" x 9". It was originally named "Norse Gods and Giants" before New York Review Books reissued and renamed it. The book is over 150 pages long and is slammed with illustrations! On the inside of the front cover and back cover is an illustration that shows you the Nine Norse Worlds, with their original Norse names. For example, Hel & Nifl Heim is the Underworld. This illustration is very helpful in understanding No ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This is the first book I ever checked out of a library all by myself, without asking anyone. I was about 6, and that would have been in 1967 or so. For years I was fascinated with the drawings and the stories. I borrowed it repeatedly from the library and then my parents bought me a copy, which I later lost due to my own stupidity (and I realise now it may have been a first edition. Not that I care about first editions per se, but that book!)In those days the title was simply "Norse Gods and Gia ...more
Gwyn
I think of this book as having been a sort of landmark in my intellectual development. I discovered it in my school library during my second grade year, and fell in love with it. I checked it out a few times during that year, but one time, I encountered a library aide who didn't want to let me have it. The library was organized by grade level, and we primary kids weren't allowed to check things out from the higher level sections. Eventually my mother had to meet with the librarian, and after tha ...more
Daniel
One Chanuka when I was growing up, my parents (or was it a family friend or relative?) gave me a book of Greek myths. I remember started to flip through it, was was my wont, delighted in the gift, so much did I love books.

But almost as soon as I opened this gift, the delight faded. I felt I had received not a good book, but the annual family booby prize. The illustrations were sterile, ugly event, more suited to an adult art connoisseur than to a story-loving child. They were even representation
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Devon
This is my favourite book of Norse Myths. And when I say favourite, I mean it is the best collection of retellings that I have read. The authors clearly understood the source material, and treat it with a clear respect. The writing is clear, and poetic in its simplicity. The illustrations are beautiful, sometimes silly and sometimes terrifying, and bring the stories and characters to life.

One of the best things about this book is how much the authors understood the source material, the gods and
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Mia
My brothers have been obsessed with Norse mythology since they were little, and even though I was curious to know why they liked it so much, I never bothered to try to educate myself about it on my own. This is a kids' book, so I'm sure it only scratches the tip of the iceberg, but I think it's a great introduction to the various worlds, gods, goddesses, and creatures. And now I understand why my brothers love these stories so much.

It's funny to imagine the culture that came up with these myths
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Kim
A simple and compelling presentation of the ancient Norse myths, which were first written down in the 10th and 11th centuries. The d’Aulaires put these stories into modern language and illuminate them with monumental, entrancing illustrations. And to their great credit they do not shy away from the inherent violence, gore, and all-out weirdness of the old tales. From the first frost giant Ymir spawning offspring in the warmth of his armpits and toes, to a ghoulish ship covered in finger- and toe ...more
Echo
Definitely an interesting look into the Norse gods, especially since I have read very little about them until this point. I didn't love the art style, but that's just my own taste.

One thing that still gets to me: I'm baffled how Loki lost one of his bets. He has smiths make golden hair for one of the Aesir wives to attach to her own shorn hair, a spear that always hits its mark, and a boat that sails on the sea and flies over land and is big enough to carry all of the Aesir but is able to be fol
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Trin
I loved the D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths when I was a little girl; I read it over and over and dressed up as Athena one year for Halloween. (This did not go over well in my neighborhood. NO I AM NOT AN ANGEL, SOUTH STREET. I AM THE GODDESS OF WISDOM. Sheesh.) I never even knew that they’d done a similar book about Norse mythology, however, until I read about it in Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends—so thanks for that, Mike. The D’Aulaires give the northern myths the same treatment, telling the ...more
Aaron
How curious that despite the many great kings, wars, and achievements of a bygone civilization, its lowly bards and priests have ensured its immortality through stories and myths.

I read Norse Gods and Giants after I had been introduced to Judeo–Christian mythology by my parents (and the Monticello, AR public school system) and Greek mythology by my father and some excellent children's books, the names of which now escape me. I remember being moved by the stories themselves - the difficult choic
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Michael
This book is probably just as good as D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, which I've bestowed five stars to. But the Greek myths are just inherently more cool than the Norse ones. The Minotaur? Hardcore. Medusa? Hardcore. Loki? Well, yes, Loki is pretty hardcore...and so is Thor...

Okay, I'll admit it, I'm just totally biased. In about 150 gorgeously illustrated pages, the D'Aulaires cover a huge number of the more important myths of Norse mythology. And what is so amazing is how concisely, yet comp
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Elizabeth Periale
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"The D'Aulaires seem to be having a great time telling stories about the world of the Norse gods, including the world tree, Ygdrassil, Valhalla, and the gods' ultimate destiny, Ragnarokk. Fans of comic books and recent superhero moves will recognize some of the main players — Odin the all father, hammer-wielding Thor, the god of thunder, and the shape shifting trickster, Loki, as well as the lovely Freya and the Valkyrie. The D'Aulaires' books are geared t
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Jenevieve
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A lovely collection of Norse myths, beautifully illustrated in the D'Aulaires' distinctive style. There are some of the myths that I knew but also enough that were new to me to be fun. While written for children, it is not dumbed down for them. I read it with my 7yr old during our Viking studies course and we both enjoyed our special reading time with this book. It is not the first book we have enjoyed this way and our next will be Lucky Lief by them which is a
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Heather
Myths are always fun and informative. A few are actually good stories while the rest seem perpetuate sexism and violence...but these stories can be used to talk about the hows and whys of back then as well as what's similar and different today. They're all ways to talk about the world and get discussion going, especially with my son.

The d'Aulaires are great story tellers. I think they weave the stories together very well and they don't shy away from the not-so-great parts of the myths. The illus
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Stuart
An excellent follow up to their book of Greek Myths, the D'Aulaire's once again capture a cultural heritage with their unique aesthetic and gift of storytelling. A fine introduction to the sagas of the north, this book helps organize and streamline the somewhat convoluted eddas and the drawings provide helpful reference points for the myriad of minor gods, giants and other strange beings. A definite recommend for anyone interested in world mythology or fantasy fans who want to learn about the ro ...more
Jennifer
(violence) I suppose this would be a good place to start if you have a child interested in Norse Mythology. My complaints are many, though.

First, the preface in the edition I read was not helpful. In fact, the preface seemed almost like an apology for the fact the the D'aulaires followed a old Norse work of poetry (one of the two oldest written works of Norse mythology- it was an oral tradition before that). In the Norse poetry, the (view spoiler)
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Melissa
I read this to my son. We loved looking at the beautiful illustrations. The stories were nicely written and perfect for reading aloud. Loved the pronunciation guide in the back; I'm notoriously bad at pronouncing things right and this helped me not butcher the names too bad.
Rob
Because the boys were a lot less familiar with these myths, and because they seemed to be written a bit more densely the text itself was quite a bit less successful for them than the Greek one was, bringing the book down to two stars. Then again, the art is so much better than the Greek one, that we come back up to four stars based on that. And then the authors had to go and staple an explicitly Christian epilogue after Ragnarok which pulled us back down to three stars again.
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