Myths of the Norsemen

Myths of the Norsemen Scandinavians of the Viking Age answered the mysteries of life in their myths and legends Folklorist Helene Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses giants and dwarves and warriors and

  • Title: Myths of the Norsemen
  • Author: Hélène A. Guerber Kirsten Wolf
  • ISBN: 9780760783320
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scandinavians of the Viking Age answered the mysteries of life in their myths and legends Folklorist Helene Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves, and warriors and monsters of these tales in Myths of the Norsemen Ranging from the comic to the tragic, the myths tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, and betrayal.

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    1. H l ne Adeline Guerber 1859 1929 , better known as H.A Guerber, was a British historian most well known for her written histories of Germanic mythology.Her most well known work is Myths of the Norsemen From the Eddas and Sagas George G Harrap and Co Ltd 1908 in London.Other histories by Guerber include Legends of the Rhine A.S Barnes Co New York, 1895 new edition 1905 , Stories of the Wagner Opera, The Book of the Epic, The Story of the Ancient World, The Story of the Greeks, The Story of the Romans, Legends of the Middle Ages, The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation, The Story of the Thirteen Colonies, and The Story of the Great Republic.

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    1. A few years ago, I had bought this book from Barnes and Noble s online store I didn t realize until I started reading it and looked at the info on its page, this book is actually a reprint from 1909 If I had known that, I would not have bought it The book is largely summarizes different Gods and some of the popular Norse stories However, I would not recommend this book to anybody interested in learning Norse Mythology maybe if you wanted some nice illustrations I wouldn t recommend this book due [...]

    2. A pretty poor mesh of hodge podge Norse mythology with improperly interlaced commentary In all honesty, a detrimental treatment insofar as the author judges the stories against Christian mythology Open to suggestions of a better treatment of Norse mythology I have been quite interested since reading Halldor Laxness.

    3. If ever you wanted to know the background to just about every known Norse Myth, then this is your book So complete is this volume that along with The Children of Odin both are used extensively by video game developers as reference.Dont try and read from cover to cover at 620 pages it would be quite a read but I do recommend having it on your coffee table and dipping in and out when you have just finished a book or are bored with telly or with what you re reading.

    4. If you visit any online bookseller offering H.A Guerber s Myths and Legends of the Norsemen you re likely to find a number of scathing reviews about the volume that claim the author has confused his quotations, cited inaccurate details, and is dependent on possibly non existent sources I find, unfortunately, that I must agree with some of these individuals However, I think that they all fail to see the true value hidden in Guerber s volume.While the information presented may in fact be outdated, [...]

    5. Despite its age, Guerber s Myths of the Norsemen is one of my all time favorite works on northern legend I have Norwegian heritage, and as a child always took to heart the stories of Thor, Loki, Odin and the Jotun As an adult I love picking out Norse mythology in my favorite video games and TV shows until you know it, you ll never realize how constantly bombarded you are with it I never grew out of my interests in mythology, and when I happened across this book in BN I bought it without hesitati [...]

    6. we did it kids i finally finished this book downloaded from gutenberg FOR FREE PEOPLE i hear it has issues, and it is from 1909, so i m sure there are different opinions now vs then but as a person who only knows names of a few gods, and nothing about their roles in norse myth other than thor has a hammer i did know that , this was a nice intro it was dense, and i couldn t handle much at once 3 months total to read and now i know my alfheim from my muspellsheim.

    7. This is an unaltered edition of the original 1900s work, and it definitely shows in places It also lacks the charm of Colum s Victorian era collection, which was also bowdlerized but was so delightfully written you just didn t care.Also the poetry excerpts were just painful I finally started skimming whenever I saw one.

    8. A long overdue read for me I was half aware of most of these myths, but it was great to read them all in depth These tales are almost identical in many ways to their southern neighbors, the Greeks But I really love the Northern explanations of their extreme environment The myths of fire and ice, frost and dew, ice locked earth being released by the coming of the sun It s super great.

    9. Finding a way to make Norse Mythology painful reading takes a rare talent The information is valid, but the delivery is horrible There are better ways to spend your time learning about this subject.

    10. Kindled for free took me long enough to read, sooo boring in places Interesting book for the first half, which taught me, as I had hoped, everything I might ever need to know about Norse mythology I do like the old stories of the gods than the heroic cycle, but the second half is sadly now showing its age and is pure, yucky, comparative mythology, and can basically be skipped Lots of cool facts are the most interesting thing, such as old nick s name coming from the nicor, Hr svelgr the corpse s [...]

    11. At the end of the dayI still like Greek mythology better However, I decided I couldn t punitively rate the book based on personal preference That would be like stiffing the wait staff because I wasn t fond of what I ordered The book was well written, thorough, and almost mind numbingly detailed If you re looking for an intro class into Norse mythology here you go.The author goes through each god goddess, tells stories of each, and explains the possible source of the myth She also goes through th [...]

    12. This is one of those books that pre teen boys read back in the days when Arthur Conan Doyle and Nathaniel Hawthorne were on everybody s shelves The author provides a considerable amount of scholarship in a fairly digestible style, rather like Edith Hamilton s take on the Greek and Roman myths Guerber draws much of his material from primary sources, the Norse Eddas and Sagas, which gives this overview a strong sense of authenticity he also offers a bit of context where appropriate, explaining dif [...]

    13. I ve always been a fantasy and mythology buff, so this is perfect for me It recounts all the major players and the most famous tales, and then even goes into detail about the little known tales All is backed up with translated evidence from different original myth sources usually poems , which are really cool to read in their originally intended poetic language There s even a section about how Norse and Greek myths compare After reading this, I m convinced that Norse myths trump the Greeks, and [...]

    14. I would have to say that this book is a bit dated and missing out on certain things Although it mainly looks at the main players of the Gods and Goddess along with the tales of Giants and Dwarfs as well.The interesting thing about this book would be for people researching, and by this I do mean basic research, on the Norse Gods My one problem with this is the Loki section where he is regarded as being evil and yet he has done good as well, not to mention he is the balance for the gods, for good [...]

    15. What I love about mythology is that it reminds me how similar we all are You can find similar themes in all creation stories It makes me believe that there must be a common story It seems too coincidental that all the storie are so closely related Take Norse mythology, for instance, after Ragnarok, there are two humans that survived and come forth to start the world over It totally sounds like Adam and Eve Norse mythology is harsh It represents the land of the Vikings which was also harsh and un [...]

    16. Having been gradually picking up on Norse myths for the past few years, I figured that I knew enough of the basics that I should read up on the mythology for real, instead of just in random snippets.This book was just as good in its story telling and layout as Edith Hamilton s Mythology was for Greek Roman myths The book is set up into sections that cover each god individually, with information on their realms, features, powers, and major myths that involve them It goes onto cover the other race [...]

    17. A very interesting read I ve always liked to learn about different mythological stories, so being able to read and learn about the Norse myths was quite fascinating Some myths were very similar to others that I ve heard, although characters were described differently the fates in Greek mythos are comparable to the Norse norns c Some of the stories were extremely entertaining I particularly loved the ones with Thor and Loki Loki is such a brat Another fun tidbit is that when I watch the movie Tho [...]

    18. This is a very interesting survey of Norse mythology It features descriptions of all of the major gods and races, and includes myths related to each The book also discusses versions of the gods found in Germanic mythology and elsewhere, and includes some myths related to these as well Overall I felt that I got a very well rounded picture of these if you really get down to it nebulous characters.I especially appreciated the inclusion of fragments of poems included in the various chapters to add a [...]

    19. Despu s de haber le do su libro sobre la mitolog a greco romana y haberlo disfrutado inmensamente, fue una muy grata sorpresa descubrir que Guerber hab a escrito otro libro sobre la mitolog a n rdica y despu s de haberlo le do me imposible no recomendarlo Guerber tiene un estilo excelente que hace que el lector pueda mantenerse concentrado, con la m s grande facilidad, a trav s de generaciones de generaciones de dioses De la misma forma, ella incluye en sus relatos no solo las historias como los [...]

    20. A fairly exhaustive review of ancient Scandinavian mythology I have recently read a bunch of Vikings era historical fiction so this book helped fill in some of the gaps regarding the great Gods Odin, Thor, etc However, the text was difficult to read at times and was interspersed with poetry depicting the ancient tales I would have preferred a modern rendition with clear explanation of how each figure related to another This book was hard to follow at times You need to read it in numerous sittin [...]

    21. There are a lot of stories in this book, than you would get from just picking up a copy of the Eddas The only drawback is that it was written a long time ago and there are statements in here that have since been questioned, if not disproved There is frequent mention of various sources although we are never told the identity of those sources It would have been nice to have a bibliography at the end of the book or footnotes of some sort to aid further research.If you re just looking for some rous [...]

    22. This is, by far, the most thorough and accessible book on Norse Mythology I have ever come across Information on mythology concerning the northern countries Denmark, Norway, Scandinavia and Iceland, mainly is murky at best, compiled by whatever records surviving to today As a lover of myth, I often found myself frustrated by the scarcity of deeper information concerning Norse Mythology Ms Guerber brings so much to your fingertips in this book I highly recommend giving this book your time and att [...]

    23. An Edith Hamilton style summary of the various Norse gods, goddesses and the myths surrounding them A little dry at times, but full of facts and tales of the Norse I thought the section that compared the Greek gods with the Norse gods was stretched considerably in some places Probably not a sit down and read book, but of a reference book for someone studying Norse culture or reading Norse sagas or eddas.

    24. Shameless reprint of a book from 1909, making it outdated and inaccurate.It invented a third wife and several children for Loki, out of thin air, with no sources I m still red in the face thinking that this is one of the main books about this subject you can walk up to Barnes Noble and buy It s cover is so nice.

    25. The Norsemen created a fascinating mythology that bares a human element than that of the Greeks Thor s visit to Jotunheim is perhaps the best comedy in all of folklore This book also presents some interesting information on the culture and history of the Norsemen and explains many of the ways that it has affected our modern western civilization.

    26. I really enjoyed this in depth look at Norse mythology All you wanted to know about Odin, Thor, Loki and all the other Norse gods and myths For my full review, I wrote one back when I finished this book.Myths of the Norsemen

    27. Gave up on this one after the first chapter on Odin I was looking for stories of Norse Mythologoy This read like a student s notes from a college course There were details and descriptions and even some historical relevance but no stories.

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