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The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Jan 27, 2012

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Read from January 02 to 27, 2012

A wild ride through the Norse imagination. Interesting as a source text for Tolkien, too.

There are some really lovely myths in this collection and some astonishingly cruel and ugly ones as well, but it's definitely a recognizable world. The Norse idea of "ages" is quite interesting - the end of the gods, beginning of the age of men, etc.

But, the story of Balder. That's my favorite. He's so different from the other gods - kind, merciful, beautiful...and moral (shocker) - and the only one to survive Ragnarok - the end of the mythological age in fire and water.

Conclusion? I'd like to read more. And that's probably the best recommendation for a book.

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