I just finished reading “The Meadhall” by Stephen Pollington, and it is a wonderfully academic book. While not a Norse Mythology book in the traditional sense, the book is Norse Mythology adjacent. Specifically focusing on Anglo Saxon England from the pagan period to the conversion and slightly beyond. His examination of the mead hall and the central roll it played in the lives of our ancestors is a fascinating read!Read More
I didn’t include “Days in Midgard” in my original post on Norse Mythology Books because the book does something most other Norse Mythology books doesn’t do… It tells modern stories that features the gods influencing the world right here, right now. It is a genuine attempt to advance the storytelling timeline of Norse Mythology. Just as the title suggests… “A Thousand Years On.”Read More
I’m sure it will surprise no one to learn that one of the influences on my Hoedkin series of “House Spirits” is the book “Gnomes” written by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. Although to be completely accurate it was actually the Nickelodeon TV show “The World of David the Gnome” from when I was a kid that is the strong influence.Read More
Once you have a foundation from reading the Eddas and Sagas, a number of wonderful books are waiting for you to delve deeper into Norse Mythology. More research continues to be done and more books a papers published every year. Truly it is a wonderful time to be alive!
I myself am an avid reader and find regular inspiration for Fateful Signs in the books and lore of past and modern scholars alike. Here is a list of 10 books I recommend for any who seek the wisdom of the Vikings.Read More
“The Illustrated Havamal” is a real book! I can hold it in my hands, and all the pre-order copies have been mailed out! I’ve made the book available in my store.
WHAT IS THE HAVAMAL?
“The Hávamál” is a collection of ancient Norse wisdom, thought to have been written down in about 1270 CE. The title, Hávamál, translates as “Sayings of Har.” Har is the High One, another name for Odin, hence the ancient text means “Sayings of the High One.” These sayings are a collection of poetry, offering insights and wisdom to help one lead an honorable life.
With the Christianization of the North, scholars took it upon themselves to preserve their ancient culture by writing down these verses. The greatest collection of preserved poetry is “The Poetic Edda,” one section of which is “The Hávamál.”Read More