The Norse Myths

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1980 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Here are thirty-two classic myths that bring the Viking world vividly to life. The mythic legacy of the Scandinavians includes a cycle of stories filled with magnificent images from pre-Christian Europe. Gods, humans, and monstrous beasts engage in prodigious drinking bouts, contests of strength, greedy schemes for gold, and lusty encounters. The Norse pantheon includes Odin, the wisest and most fearsome of the gods; Thor, the thundering powerhouse; and the exquisite, magic-wielding Freyja. Their loves, wars, and adventures take us through worlds both mortal and divine, culminating in a blazing doomsday for gods and humans alike. These stories bear witness to the courage, passion, and boundless spirit that were hallmarks of the Norse world.


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Contents

Skirnirs Journey
55
The Necklace of the Brisings
65
The Lay of Vafthrudnir
75
The Lay of Hymir
95
Thors Duel with Hrungnir
104
Odin and Billings Daughter
112
The Ballad of Svipdag
121
Thor and Geirrod
128
The Lay of Loddfafnir
133
Balders Dreams
147
Lokis Flyting
162
Bibliography
254
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Kevin Crossley-Holland has published several outstanding†collections of myths, legends, and folktales, and is an award-winning poet and author of childrenís books.†His King Arthur trilogy has been translated into twenty-two languages and has sold more than a million copies.†He and his Minnesota-born wife live in Norfolk, England.


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