Norse Mythology- Book Review
Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
I love mythology. Any mythology, really- Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Native American, etc. My favorite podcast, after all, is the Myths and Legends podcast. Do I talk about that podcast too much? Maybe, but I don’t care.
Anyways, I don’t actually know that much about Norse Mythology. At least I thought I didn’t- I’ve read American Gods (Neil Gaiman), and the first of Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series. But compared to my knowledge of Greek mythology, my Norse Mythology knowledge seemed lacking, so I was really excited to read this book.
Surprisingly, I actually knew a lot of these myths (thanks Myths and Legends Podcast!) However, I really loved Gaiman’s take on them. He has a very distinctive voice, and I really enjoyed his tone through- out the book.
The book starts off at the beginning- the creation of the gods, the worlds, and Surtur, who guards his station. I never heard this story before, and loved the way that Gaiman told it.
We have the major gods- Odin, Loki, Freya, Thor, and countless others. Odin, Thor, and Loki are the center of a lot of myths. We also had some minor gods, like hel, Fenrir. We had the giants, which deserve a whole book of their own, honestly. Almost all of their problems were Loki’s doing, which is hilarious. When there’s a problem, literally everyone just turns to Loki and is like dude what did you do now. He is a trickster, a menace, but also Odin’s blood brother and Thor’s friend.
One of my favorite myths of Norse mythology is when Thor and Loki have to dress up as women, and I am so glad that Gaiman told that one. It is a hilarious myth- as is the one where Loki and Thor travel with a giant.
Something I have always found interesting in Norse Mythology is Ragnarok- the end of the worlds, the gods, everything. The way I have always understood it is that Ragnarok hasn’t happened yet- it is still in the future.
Gaiman, however, chose to conclude the Norse Mythology story, and tell us about Ragnarok, which I really enjoyed. I loved the ending, and his interpretation of the myth. I am glad that he wrote this book- it was easy to read and comprehend, while still retelling these awesome myths.
I wish there was more, honestly. I would love to hear more about the minor gods, the giants, the heroes of Norse Mythology. It felt like such a small peak into this world, and I wish that there was more to tell.
If you have any interest in Mythology, I would definitely recommend reading this book.