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#FoylesFive: Norse Mythology

3rd November 2017 - Matt Blackstock

Foyles Five

#FoylesFive: Norse Mythology

Thor is mighty. Thor is strong, funny, wise and sometimes not so wise. His brother Loki is crafty, sneaky, clever and completely untrustworthy… often all in the one story. Norse myths are full of wit and wonder; discovering new interpretations brings new life to these classic stories that engage and excite children and grown-ups alike - take the fantastical Freyja, for example, who rides a chariot pulled by cats!

The latest (and maybe last) of Thor's cinematic outings, Thor Ragnarok, is arriving on our screens. Ragnarok, meaning doom of the gods, which doesn’t sound too good, marks the end of the Norse Gods and the eventual rebirth of the cosmos. But before that happens, you’ll have plenty of time to read these five completely marvellous and very different takes on Norse Mythology.


Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Jeffrey Alan Love

This is a great book to start learning about Norse mythology. Beginning with a lovely few pages introducing the goddesses and gods, it then relates their many and wild adventures. With brilliant illustrations that highlight and enhance these wonderful tales, no one will be able to resist reading this gorgeous book from cover to cover.


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has always shared his fascination with myths through his own fiction, such as in American Gods. Here he brings humour and a contemporary glint to these stories that keep them fresh without losing their magical touch. 


Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green

The book to introduce children to the glorious tales of Norse mythology. With all the classic tales together and told as one epic adventure, the fun, thrills and escapades never stop, and you really won’t want the book to end either! Prepare to spend many an evening lost in its wonderful pages.


The Norse Myths – A Guide to the Gods and Heroes by John Haywood

A fascinating historical guide to Norse myths and their origins, which gives the reader vast amounts of details regarding the Norse stories without losing their adventurous spirit. A lovely little book full of gorgeous illustrations that balances the fun of the stories and their academic importance.


Usborne Illustrated Norse Myths by Alex Firth

I love this book and its amazing illustrations that capture the fun and the many beasts and monsters of the Norse myth in a fantastic colourful palette. My favourite collection of these tales and one that I could read again and again.




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