The Children of Odin - The Book of Northern Myths

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Abela Publishing Ltd, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 340 pages
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A long, long time ago, before the dawn of time, somewhere to the North, lay the realm of Asgard. Therein dwelt the Norse gods and goddesses of old who were wise, beautiful and kind. They lived in peace and harmony, untouched by evil and iniquity - until the day the Giants from Jotunheim cast envious eyes upon them and their kingdom.... This volume is an excellent retelling of the Norse sagas about Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki, and other gods and goddesses, whom the Vikings believed lived in Asgard, back in the murky clouds of pre-history. It is quite literally a version of northern mythology retold for children which has enthralled the young, and the young at heart, for countless generations. Enthralling because, while Greek and Roman mythology is interesting, Norse legend seems to have a special place in the Western European psyche, probably because so many Europeans have a Viking ancestor somewhere in their lineage. These stories are filled with the rich narrative of the storyteller, the flashing of colour, beauty and truth against the foreboding, lurking dark of the underworld. They are brought to life with excellent illustrations by the renowned artist Willy Pogany (1882 - 1955). In addition, many of today's online Viking games use this volume as a point of reference. Padraic Colum (1881 - 1972) was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival. In his retelling of these Norse myths and legends he speaks directly to children. 33% of the net from the sale of this book will be donated to charity.
 

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Contents

FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO
2
THE BUILDING OF THE WALL
5
IDUNA AND HER APPLES HOW LOKI PUT THE GODS IN DANGER
14
SIFS GOLDEN HAIR HOW LOKI WROUGHT MISCHIEF IN ASGARD
31
HOW BROCK BROUGHT JUDGMENT ON LOKI
39
HOW FREYA GAINED HER NECKLACE AND HOW HER LOVED ONE WAS LOST TO HER
52
HOW FREY WON GERDA THE GIANT MAIDEN AND HOW HE LOST HIS MAGIC SWORD
61
HEIMDALL AND LITTLE HNOSSA HOW ALL THINGS CAME TO BE
74
LOKI THE BETRAYER
185
LOKI AGAINST THE AESIR
197
THE VALKYRIE
203
THE CHILDREN OF LOKI
209
BALDURS DOOM
216
LOKIS PUNISHMENT
232
THE SWORD OF THE VOLSUNGS AND THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
237
SIGURDS YOUTH
238

THE ALLFATHERS FOREBODINGS HOW HE LEAVES ASGARD
83
ODIN THE WANDERER
90
ODIN GOES TO MIMIRS WELL HIS SACRIFICE FOR WISDOM
91
ODIN FACES AN EVIL MAN
98
ODIN WINS FOR MEN THE MAGIC MEAD
107
ODIN TELLS TO VIDAR HIS SILENT SON THE SECRET OF HIS DOINGS
118
THOR AND LOKI IN THE GIANTS CITY
122
HOW THOR AND LOKI BEFOOLED THRYM THE GIANT
139
AEGIRS FEAST HOW THOR TRIUMPHED
149
THE DWARFS HOARD AND THE CURSE THAT IT BROUGHT
163
THE WITCHS HEART
180
FOREBODING IN ASGARD
181
THE SWORD GRAM AND THE DRAGON FAFNIR
249
THE DRAGONS BLOOD
258
THE STORY OF SIGMUND AND SIGNY
268
THE STORY OF SIGMUND AND SINFIOTLI
280
THE STORY OF THE VENGEANCE OF THE VOLSUNGS AND OF THE DEATH OF SINFIOTLI
287
BRYNHILD IN THE HOUSE OF FLAME
295
SIGURD AT THE HOUSE OF THE NIBELUNGS
300
HOW BRYNHILD WAS WON FOR GUNNAR
306
THE DEATH OF SIGURD
312
THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
319
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Padraic Colum (8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972) was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival.

 

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