Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

By: Nancy Marie Brown (author)Paperback

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An Indie Next pick for December 2012, Song of the Vikings brings to life Snorri Sturluson, wealthy chieftain, wily politician, witty storyteller, and the sole source of Viking lore for all of Western literature. Tales of one-eyed Odin, Thor and his mighty hammer, the trickster Loki, and the beautiful Valkyries have inspired countless writers, poets, and dreamers through the centuries, including Richard Wagner, JRR Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman, and author Nancy Marie Brown brings alive the medieval Icelandic world where it all began. She paints a vivid picture of the Icelandic landscape, with its colossal glaciers and volcanoes, steaming hot springs, and moonscapes of ash, ice, and rock that inspired Snorri's words, and led him to create unforgettable characters and tales. Drawing on her deep knowledge of Iceland and its history and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown gives us a richly textured narrative, revealing a spellbinding world that continues to fascinate.

About Author

Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including The Abacus and the Cross and The Far Traveler. Her work has also appeared in Loquitor, News from Iceland, The Penn Stater, Spektur, and Vermont Magazine. She is fluent in Icelandic and has deep ties to the Scandanvian cultural institutions in the US, which will help promotethebook. Formerly the editor of award-winning magazine Research/Penn State, Brown lives in Vermont.

Contents

Introduction: The Wizard of the North Odin's Eye The Uncrowned King of Iceland On the Quay at Bergen Norse Gods and Giants Independent People The Ring Acknowledgments Notes Further Reading

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781137278876
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781137278876
  • weight: 274
  • ISBN10: 1137278870

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