Librophilia

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | Librophilia

 

Very Enjoyable

The introduction section of this book chimed exactly with my experience of learning Norse mythology. Since childhood I have been a mythology fan. I devoured Greek myths and classics like Odysseus and Iliada, then went on the read Egyptian myths. I knew Norse myths from my boyfriend who is a an avid fan but when I actually started to read them I fell in love. The different and gloomy worldview of Nords, the practicality of their afterlife concept, lack of eternal punishment or nonexistence of a hell where souls are tormented on purpose/for punishment is fascinating. Norse myths reflect the cold and hard reality of their everyday life. Nothing glorified, no action is presented as holy. All Gods have imperfections, they are gullible like humans, sometime stupid even. In some stories getting a large enough cauldron the brew enough beer becomes the main task that requires many gods. The Norse gods are flexible – they do accept anyone and everyone amongst them, but then also trick anyone and everyone to their whim.

Despite how it is usually portrayed, Thor is not so bright but very strong indeed, and Loki is trickster with typical chaotic neutral alignment. The author seems to put a lot of passion and effort into this book. I found it to be wonderfully organized and written in a way that makes you not want to put the book down. I recommend this for any library and plan to reread it many more times.