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Song of the Vikings

Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
Brown, Nancy Marie (Book - 2012 )
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"Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are read, reread, and treasured. Famous storytellers such as JRR Tolkien and Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. The author who gave us Nordic mythology is a twelfth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. While his stories make great reading for children, the amazing world of medieval Scandinavia has been omitted from narrative history. In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings to life the intrigue and power struggles at the court of medieval Reykjav'k that Snorri inhabited. Drawing on new and original research, her deep knowledge of Icelandic history, and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown produces a richly textured narrative of a world that continues to fascinate. "-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Brown, Nancy Marie
Title: Song of the Vikings
Snorri and the making of Norse myths
Publisher: New York :, Palgrave Macmillan,, 2012
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xi, 244 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Marie Brown
Summary: "Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are read, reread, and treasured. Famous storytellers such as JRR Tolkien and Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. The author who gave us Nordic mythology is a twelfth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. While his stories make great reading for children, the amazing world of medieval Scandinavia has been omitted from narrative history. In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings to life the intrigue and power struggles at the court of medieval Reykjav'k that Snorri inhabited. Drawing on new and original research, her deep knowledge of Icelandic history, and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown produces a richly textured narrative of a world that continues to fascinate. "-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0230338844
9780230338845
Branch Call Number: 839.63 S673b 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Literature and society Scandinavia History Old Norse literature Influence Snorri Sturluson, 1179?-1241 Criticism and interpretation
Topical Term: Literature and society
Old Norse literature
LCCN: 2012012031
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Traces the life of Snorri Sturluson, the 12th century Icelandic poet who wrote down the Nordic myths we know today. By the author of The Far Traveler.


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