Exploring Norse Mythology

Reference Point. Aug. 2023. 64p. Tr $32.95. ISBN 9781678205720.
Gr 6 Up–A concise, engaging read that covers some of the popular myths and figures of Norse mythology, as well as the historical connections between the myths, the Vikings, and the world. Chapters include a summary of the Viking worldview, World Tree, and inhabitants that live in each realm: Thor and his hammer, warriors and the afterlife, dwarfs and giants, and Loki and Ragnarok. Each of the five chapters begins with a story and adds further context and analysis as the chapter progresses. Text boxes cover topics such as the “mara” and its connection to the English word “nightmare,” Viking funerals, and the influence of Christianity on Norse myths. Quotes from experts, text boxes, definition of terms, and images add to the appeal of this title. Source notes, further reading, and index included.
VERDICT Recommended for school and public library collections where there is an interest in this topic.

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