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Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years on - Modern Legends Based on Northern Myth by Steven T. Abell
Where is it that gods go after they've been banished? Maybe they haven't gone anywhere. In oblique encounters with passing strangers, the lives of ordinary and not-so-ordinary people turn in new and interesting directions. These stories are based on the myths of the Vikings, but they contain nothing magical or supernatural. Or do they? Sometimes it's hard to tell. Perhaps the magic lies in living men and women as they spend, and sometimes end, their Days in Midgard.
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Mythology and Lore

Please note that there are various translations of the Poetic Edda available and each has it's critics. The two offered here are the most readily available. If you wish to make a more informed choice then please read the varoius reviews available on the internet.
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The Poetic Edda - by Lee M. Hollander (Translator)

This is a highly poetic translation of the Elder Eddas, which preserves a great deal of anceint germanic lore. Those whom are interested in Teutonic Heathenism(Elder Troth/Asatru/Odinism) should purchase this book. While the translation may be a bit "off", Hollander preserves the rhyme, meter, and beauty of how the Eddas would have sounded. Their are very minor flaws in this text but it is still an excellent text for teutonic studies.
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The Poetic Edda - by Carolyne Larrington (Translator)

The collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda contains the greater narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. Since the rediscovery of the Poetic Edda in the seventeenth century, its poetry has fascinated artists as diverse as Thomas Gray, Richard Wagner, and Jorge Luis Borges. This is the first complete translation to be published in Britain for fifty years, and it includes a scholarly introduction, notes, a genealogy of the gods and giants, and an index of names.
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Norse Myths

Norse Myths - by K. Crossley-Holland

Retells thirty-two Norse myths that have intrigued countless generations with stories of gods, giants, dwarfs, and monsters involved in the creation, development, and ultimate destruction of nine mortal and divine worlds.
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Gods and Myths of Northern Europe

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe - by H.R. Ellis Davidson

Though first published some 40 years ago, this volume remains useful as a serious, yet accessible overview of Norse mythology. But, as a starting point to those new to the subject, I would recommend The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland, which is a wonderfully evocative account of the Northern pantheon.
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Cassell's Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend

Cassell's Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend - by Andrew Orchard

The myths of the Scandinavian gods and heroes permeated everyday life in Iceland and the northern reaches of Europe for over a millennium before the arrival of Christianity. Since that time, they have been perpetuated in literature and the arts in forms as diverse as Tolkien and Wagner. This book covers the entire cast of supernatural beings, from gods to trolls, heroes to monsters, and deals with the social and historical background to the myths, topics such as burial rites, sacrificial practices and runes.
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Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions - by H.R. Ellis Davidson

This is an objective analysis of pagan beliefs and practices, mostly in Viking and Celtic times. Davidson gives well -documented explanations of such things as holy places, feasting and sacrifice, rites of battle, land-spirits and ancestors, foreknowledge and destiny.
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The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe - by H.R. Ellis Davidson

Fragments of ancient belief mingle with folklore and Christian dogma until the original tenets are lost in the myths and psychologies of the intervening years. Hilda Ellis Davidson illustrates how pagan beliefs have been represented and misinterpreted by the Christian tradition, and throws light on the nature of pre-Christian beliefs and how they have been preserved. "The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe" stresses both the possibilities and the difficulties of investigating the lost religious beliefs of northern Europe.
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The Lost Gods of England - by Brian Branston

A survey of the myths, legends and religious beliefs of the ancient Anglo-Saxons.
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History and Archaeology

Saxo Grammaticus

Saxo Grammaticus: "The History of the Danes" - Hilda Ellis Davidson (Editor), Peter Fisher (Translator)

The first nine books of Saxo Grammaticus's "The History of the Danes", dealing with the legendary kings and heroes of Denmark have long been recognized as one of the major sources for the heroic and mythological traditions of Northern Europe, including the earliest known account of the Hamlet story.
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Anglo-Saxons

Anglo-Saxons - by James Campbell, et al

This survey, an introduction to the history of Anglo-Saxon England looks at political history, and religious, cultural, social, legal and economic themes are woven in. Throughout the book the authors make use of original sources such as chronicles, charters, manuscripts and coins, works of art, archaelogical remains and surviving buildings.The nature of power and kingship, role of wealth, rewards, conquest and blood-feud in the perennial struggle for power, structure of society, the development of Christianity and the relations between church and secular authority are discussed at length, while particular topics are explored in 19 "picture essays".
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The Anglo-Saxon World

The Anglo-Saxon World - Kevin Crossley-Holland (Editor)

A new hardback edition of this classic illustrated anthology of Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose. The Anglo-Saxon World introduces the Anglo-Saxons in their own words - their chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all their magnificent poems. Most of the greatest surviving poems are printed here in their entirety: the reader will find the whole of Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, and the haunting elegiac poems.
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The Viking Discovery of America

The Viking Discovery of America: The Excavation of a Norse Settlement in L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland - by Heige Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad

The locations of Vinland and the first European settlement are mysteries that have puzzled scholars, archaeologists, and historians for more than two centuries. From 1961 to 1968, Helge Ingstad and his wife Anne Stine Ingstad, both acclaimed Viking scholars, conducted seven expeditions at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. The results of their work are recorded in one of the most in-depth studies of the subject: The Viking Discovery of America.
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The Age of Sutton Hoo

The Age of Sutton Hoo: The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe - Martin O.H. Carver (Editor)

The age of Sutton Hoo runs from the fifth to the eighth century AD - a dark and difficult age, where hard evidence is rare, but glittering and richly varied. Myths, king-lists, place-names, sagas, palaces, belt-buckles, middens and graves are all grist to the archaeologist's mill. This book celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of that most famous burial at Sutton Hoo. Fifty years ago this great treasure, now in the British Museum, was unearthed from the centre of a ninety-foot-long ship buried on remote Suffolk heathland. Included in this volume are 23 wide-ranging essays on the Age of Sutton Hoo and director Martin Carver's summary of the latest excavations, which represent the current state of knowledge about this extraordinary site. That it still has secrets to reveal is shown by the last-minute discovery of a striking burial of a young noble with his horse and grave goods.
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Soundtracks

Stone Age Soundtracks: The Acoustic or Archaeology of Ancient Sites - Paul Devereux, Tony Richardson

A study of the vital role played by the sounds and reverberations of locations chosen or built thousands of years ago by our acoustically-aware ancestors, for intoning prayers, making prophecies and chanting.
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Real Middle Earth

The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages - Brian Bates

Tolkien readily admitted that the concept of Middle-Earth was not his own invention but an Old English term for the Dark Age world. The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings believed their universe was held together by an interlaced web of golden threads visible only to wizards, and at its centre was the realm of Middle-Earth, peopled by humans but imbued with spiritual power. Drawing on historical and archaeological research, Brain Bates uncovers the Middle-Earth that centres on England - a home to dragons, elves, dwarves and demons - a land where spells had real force.
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Runes

Rune Magic

Rune Magic: Its History and Applications Within the Northern Tradition - Nigel pennick

Dealing with all aspects of rune magic, from its origins to the present day, this book details the use of runes in the Anglo-Saxon, Viking and medieval periods. Illustrated with actual examples, the book covers the use of runes in divination, magic talismans, tools and weapons, martial arts, personal protection and healing. It also contains an account of runic numerology.
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Magic Hieroglyphs from the North - Didier Lauterborn-Vallet OR(F)
Didier Lauterborn-Vallet has long been fascinated by the ancient cultures of Northern Europe. In he explores, through his artwork and poetry, the inextricable bond between runes and nature. Runic language, like art itself, is the 'truest communication between ourselves and the spiritual realm'.
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Sagas

Volsungs

The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer - by Jesse L. Byock (Introduction)

This Icelandic prose epic tells of love, jealousy, vengeance, war and the mythic deeds of the dragonslayer, Sigurd the Volsung. With its magical ring acquired by the hero, and the sword to be reforged, the saga has also been a primary source for writers of fantasy such as J.R.R. Tolkien and romantics such as William Morris.
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Jomsvikings

The Saga of the Jomsvikings - Malcolm Thurgood (Illustrator), Lee M. Hollander (Translator)

In the year 986, Earl Hakon, ruler of most of Norway won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjorunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic skalds, the poet-historians of the Old Norse world. Like good war correspondents of the present they went home after the battle to relate what they had seen and heard. Two centuries later these accounts were written down with special emphasis on the doings of the Jomsvikings, the famed members of a warrior community who feared no man and dared all.
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Egil's Saga

Egil's Saga (Penguin Classics) - Snorri Sturluson, Hermann Palsson (Translator), Paul Edwards (Translator)

Demon, killer and drunkard, poet, lawyer and farmer: Egil is one of the most individual and paradoxical characters to emerge from the Icelandic sagas.
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Hrafnkel's saga

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories (Penguin Classics) - by Hermann Palsson (Translator)

All seven stories in this volume exemplify the outstanding qualities of realistic fiction in medieval Iceland. They date from the thirteenth century and fall into two distinct groups. Hrafnkel's Saga, Thorstein the Staff-Struck and Ale Hood are set in the pastoral society of native Iceland, the homely touch and stark realism giving the incidents a strong feeling of immediacy. The remaining four, Hreidar the Fool, Halldor Snorrason, Audun's Story and Ivar's Story, were written without first- hand knowledge of Scandinavia, and describe the adventures of Icelandic poets and peasants at the royal courts of Norway and Denmark.
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Orkneyinga Saga

Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney (Penguin Classics) - Hermann Palsson (Translator), Paul Edwards (Translator)

Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is the only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, and from it we derive much of our knowledge of the Northern Isles and Caithness. The Saga describes the conquest of the islands by the kings of Norway during the Viking expansion of the ninth century and goes on to narrate the subsequent history of the Earldom of Orkney. Dominated by the great figures of the times - Sigurd the Powerful, St Magnus the Martyr and Hrolf, the conqueror of Normandy - the Saga is a powerful account of warfare and the struggle for supremacy.
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Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas

Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (Oxford World's Classics) - Gwyn Jones (Editor)

The remote and inhospitable landscape of Iceland made it a perfect breeding-ground for heroes. The first Norsemen to colonize it in 860 found that the fight for survival demanded high courage and tough self reliance; it also nurtured a stern sense of duty and an uncompromising view of destiny. The Icelandic sagas relate the adventurous lives of individuals and families between 930 and 1030, which began as oral tales but were skilfully documented in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and are now regarded as written literature.
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The Vinland Sagas

The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America, Graenlendinga Saga and Eirik's Saga (The Penguin Classics) - Magnus Magnusson (Translator), Hermann Palsson (Translator)

The two medieval lcelandic sagas translated in this volume tell one of the most arresting stories in the history of exploration--the discovery of America by Norsemen five centuries before Christopher Columbus. In spare and vigorous prose they record Europe's first surprised glimpse of the eastern shores of the North American continent and the Red lndian natives who inhabited them. The Sagas describe how Eirik the Red founded an Icelandic colony in Greenland and how his son, Leif the Lucky, later sailed south to explore and if possible exploit the chance discovery by Bjarni Herjolfsson of an unknown land.
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Fiction

Lord of the Rings trilogy  one volume hardback

The Lord of the Rings trilogy - one volume hardback - by J.R.R. Tolkien

Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.
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The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set) - by J.R.R. Tolkien

For those who have not read Tolkien's epic fantasy, or for those looking to replace a worn and battered copy, this three-volume The Lord of the Rings box set is a great place to start. Comprising the three novels that make up the Lord of the Rings sequence--The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King--the whole set is presented in matching matt black packaging with embossed runes and coloured rings.
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Children's Books

Favorite Norse Myths

Favorite Norse Myths - by Mary Pope Osborne

From the creation of the universe, to its heroic battles for order, the fourteen intriguing myths in this collection come together to tell one powerful story. Young readers will be fascinated by characters like Odin and Thor. The powerful, beautifully written stories are graced by Troy Howell's arresting, dramatic paintings.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
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Beowulf

Beowulf - by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Charles Keeping (Illustrator)

This is the story of a young man who travelled far across the sea to fight two terrifying monsters-one who could rip a man apart and drink his blood, the other who lived like a sea-wolf at the bottom of a dark, blood-stained lake. His name was Beowulf, and his story was written down in Anglo-Saxon in the eighth century. Kevin Crossley-Holland retells the story for children in strong, rhythmical prose, with striking illustrations by Charles Keeping. The paperback edition is now reissued with a new cover.
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Thorkill of Iceland: Viking Hero-tales

Thorkill of Iceland: Viking Hero-tales - by Isabel Wyatt

In these tales, the hero Thorkill of Iceland is sent by King Gorm of Denmark on a mission to the land of Giants, a journey his enemies plan he will never return from. In "The Dream of King Alfdan" Prince Guthorm loses his inheritance after his father Sigurd is banished from the Norwegian court, and goes through many adventures before fulfilling his destiny. These stories, Isabel Wyatt's last works, are retold from the old sources.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
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Vikings

DK Eyewitness Guides: Viking - by Susan Margeson

Follow the Vikings as they set out in their magnificent clinker-style ships to conquer Europe, explore their everyday lives, and sail with them on their last voyage to Valhalla, in the unique style of the "Eyewitness Guides" series. This book follows these daring adventurers in their search for gold, silver, and slaves. But the Vikings were also skilled engineers and craftsmen and this book features examples of their beautiful jewellery, iron and woodwork of their longships and fortresses. It also shows readers how to write runes, get a Viking divorce, and understand the meaning of Norse legends and sagas.
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Tales of the Norse Gods

Tales of the Norse Gods - by Barbara Leonie Picard

Drama and action abound as legendary heroes struggle against mighty giants, loathsome beasts, and sinister dwarves - even as they fight amongst themselves. These are the stories of the Viking gods, where there are bold warriors, courageous women, strength in battle and bravery against the odds.
Reading level: Young Adult
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Myths of the Norsemen Puffin Classics

Myths of the Norsemen (Puffin Classics) - by Roger Lancelyn Green, Brian Wildsmith (Illustrator)

Retells the surviving myths of the Norsemen in one continuous narrative. The great stories of the yawning void, Ymir, father of the terrible Frost Giants and Buri, the first of the gods, are tales that have been told since time immemorial.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
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Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Norse

Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Norse - by Leonard Everett Fisher

Grades 2-4--Norse mythology-with its full-bodied mixture of lyricism and violence-is too often overlooked in collections for children. Fisher makes it accessible to this audience without forfeiting its complexity and drama. Using a fairly large format, he effectively blends full-page illustrations with a clearly written text to present snapshots of 15 gods and goddesses. Some may be familiar to young readers (Thor and Loki), but most will not. The art is highly stylized and appears to be done in either gouache or acrylics. Employing dynamic color combinations that are most often used in poster art, Fisher creates richly textured paintings that convey both the harshness (Loki being punished by dripping snake venom) and gracefulness (Heimdall guarding the rainbow bridge) of Norse mythology. The book includes a much-needed pronunciation guide, an introduction, a double-page visual of the organization of the Norse mythological world, and a Norse family tree.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
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