The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes (2020)

The Children of Odin Nordic Gods and Heroes The Children of Odin Nordic Gods and Heroes is a lyrical introduction to the myths and epic legends of the ancient Scandinavians Fusing the disparate mythic accounts of his medieval sources Iris
  • Title: The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes
  • Author: Padraic Colum Thomas DuBois
  • ISBN: 9780760783313
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes
    The Children of Odin Nordic Gods and Heroes 1920 is a lyrical introduction to the myths and epic legends of the ancient Scandinavians Fusing the disparate mythic accounts of his medieval sources, Irish American poet Padraic Colum fashions a powerful tale of the divine adventures of gods and men, locked in an inexorable march of fate Written in a style accessible toThe Children of Odin Nordic Gods and Heroes 1920 is a lyrical introduction to the myths and epic legends of the ancient Scandinavians Fusing the disparate mythic accounts of his medieval sources, Irish American poet Padraic Colum fashions a powerful tale of the divine adventures of gods and men, locked in an inexorable march of fate Written in a style accessible to both children and adults, Colum s work offers a haunting and evocative portrait of the mythic world of the Viking Age.
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    1. Neither my favorite version of Norse Mythology nor my favorite of Colum s books, but a decent introduction to the major tropes and stories of the mythos for readers with slight familiarity with the topic for absolute beginners the groundwork may be inadequate Some stories were told oddly out of chronological order so that a character might be mentioned in one chapter but then born in a later chapter, or an adventure begun and then the telling interrupted and finished later This may be due to an [...]

    2. Formative first book of Norse mythologyThe edition shown is by the same publisher as my copy, but it was published in 1962 My copy has my mother s name in the cover, with the date Sept 1930, when she was ten years old Published 1920, reissued 1929 Illustrated by Willy PoganyAugust 19, 2017 Now showing the 1920 edition that I have I didn t realize I d added this one was looking at this book since I just completed Neil Gaiman s recent one on the subject.

    3. I enjoyed this book,and ended up taking quite a few notes, but when it came down to it, I am not sure that I quite liked how this book was organized The myths were fascinating, but I feel there may have been a way to arrange them that would make everything easier to follow.That being said, there s a lot to consider in this collection Some things I jotted down as interesting I found Loki s role as the god of mischief turned evil fascinating He started out neutrally troublesome and become somethin [...]

    4. While on vacation in Wisconsin, we happened upon a horse farm that specialized in Scandinavian horses On a whim, we stopped in and learned all about the Gotland, Icelandic, Arland, and other varieties of Scandinavian horses We also met Icelandic goats, chickens, and ducks At any rate, the sign of this place, called Norse Horse Park on Washington Island in Wisconsin, featured a picture of Odin riding Sleipnir, his horse This reminded me of the Norse mythological poems that we read in German class [...]

    5. This book, comprised of Irish author Padraic Colum s retellings of classic Norse myths, was on the shelf in our apartment when we moved in Having only encountered Norse mythology in the wonderful illustrated D Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, I thought it would be a good idea for me to reacquaint myself with these stories, which are referenced not infrequently in Scandinavian and Icelandic literature Colum s book is, as the cover claims, very readable, although I found the choice to use a quasi Old [...]

    6. Simplified watered down versions of stories from the Eddas This book seems to be aimed at a late elementary or jr high school age reader For that target audience this is a great introduction and would probably be the best thing you could buy if you were trying to picque a young persons interest in the Norse Myths If your an adult there are several other books on this subject that I would recomend over this one though.

    7. This is a great read Being a Skandanavian I was especially interested in reading this book This is nortic mythology at it s best I recommend you all read it and enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

    8. Though a bit bowdlerized as mentioned in the introduction Colum s retellings are lucid laced through with a poetic northern spirit Definitely evocative than Lancelyn Green.

    9. The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths is exactly what the title says it is a collection of several stories from Norse mythology And, really, it s not that bad I bought it at a train station because I needed something short and interesting to read It fit those criteria, but little else.This book is in serious need of a character list, or a family tree, or something I d really liked to have seen ten or twenty pages dedicated to certain characters, either in the front of back Maybe a page [...]

    10. Why I liked it It s a clear narration of the Norse myths I love anything norse, so this book was meant to be a favorite of mine It is neatly arranged into small chapters that focus on a certain event or a certain god hero Gorgeous illustrations and chapter headings The language is easy to follow and has an old fairytale tone to it Also, it s told in a linear way, except for the very first chapter, which starts from Ragnar k Even if you forget what a certain word is, the writer reminds you if it [...]

    11. Surprisingly entertaining I didn t have high expectations, since the last book of myths religious stories were so horrendous The stories were actually remotely logical and even supported each other as small pieces to a larger, continuous story Not sure if this latter aspect is actually a good or bad thing I was hoping for little, standalone stories But it was very interesting to find out some of the background and personality quirks on the famous Norse gods I especially liked the ending, albeit [...]

    12. This book provides a rather coherent set of Norse myths The author ties the myths together so that they flow a lot better than your average compilation of random stories which is my general impression of most mythology books.The stories appear to have been selected to minimize contradiction As with any mythology, in Norse mythology there are many authors, resulting in inevitable confusion as they disagree over insignificant details like the names of the main characters They are also well chosen [...]

    13. I talked our school district into ordering this book for my Mythology class I certainly haven t regretted it We spend the second quarter of the semester class studying Norse mythology This book is very accessible, even to the students who are dumped into the elective class just because there s nowhere else to put them The myths are told in short story format, using simple but poetic language Sure, the names throw the kids, but otherwise my high schoolers have no trouble with it.They definitely a [...]

    14. Delightful Colum is a fine storyteller, using diction that provides just the right archaic, northern flavor The myths included are fairly comprehensive and detailed Highly recommended for homeschoolers provides the best possible subject matter for progymnasmata writing exercises The line drawings are beautiful I wrote this review based on the ebook version epub with illustrations available free at project Gutenberg.

    15. Read this book to your children Or find somebody reading it out loud on youtube and leave it on while you work It s good for your kids It ll teach em about dwarves.Technology has given us the ability to have the experience of an old guy sitting by the campfire telling crazy stories all day without any of the negatives Yay technology

    16. A great translation and coherent compilation of Norse myths for the average person or child The myths weave seamlessly from one chapter to the next and present a wonderful overall picture of the Norse pantheon I wouldn t be surprised if Tolkien read this to his children.

    17. Plot holes Uhg But I love _ So then Loki was all like hey thor dur ber duuuurr and then thor was all nuh uh and thor got bitch slapped i may be atheist wait yeah that s why im athiest.

    18. I don t have a lot of experience reading mythological books like this, but I really enjoyed the way Colum wrote these They ve got a regal sort of spaketh tone to them, but the story isn t hard to follow An excellent introduction to Norse Mythology.

    19. Colum wrote this version for all ages, so some imagination is required when reading the tales to appreciate the full effect Still, it s quick and informative I ll definitely refer to it in the future.

    20. I ll be honest, I only read this because I m a Loki fan But it was immensely entertaining, and beautifully written.And yes, there was plenty of Loki in it, so if you re like me, it s a good book to read.

    21. Reading Log 7 MythTitle The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths Author Padraic ColumIllustrator William Pogany Genre Fantassy, fictionTheme s Power, Gods and Goddeses Opening line sentence Once there was another Sun and another Moon a different Sun and a different Moon from the ones we see now Brief Book Summary This mystical story begins explaining that gods and goddesses lived in the city of Asgard before humans were on Earth These collections of myths show how powerful magic and wonde [...]

    22. The Children of Odin The book of Northern MythsAuthor Padraic ColumPublisher Collier Books Macmillan Publishing CompanyPublished In New YorkDate 1920 1948Pgs 163REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSSummary A retelling of the Norse Myths The building of Asgard Iduna Loki Sif Freya Frey Gerda Giants Heimdall Odin Thor Baldur Sigmund Valkyries And the Twilight of the Gods The stories that Vikings shared around lodge fires Stories that lit their wanderlust and kept them warm and reaching for beyond the circl [...]

    23. I grew up a fan of Greek mythology, amazed by the esoteric worldviews of long ago This love crossed over into a few other cultures Egyptian and Roman mostly but nothing compared to Greek As I grew up I began looking to related things fairy tales, urban legends, and folklore I loved the language and mood these stories had, and to this day I still enjoy reading these kinds of things When a friend suggested I read the free Kindle book The Children of Odin I dismissed it, chiefly because it was not [...]

    24. Not my favourite retelling of Norse myths, but a competent one nonetheless This was another book I preview read for the purpose of gift giving, and, while I found it in many places problematic, I don t think it is a terrible book The conceit of the story is that these are the tales the history left to the children of the gods after Ragnarok Using that as a vehicle to bring the reader from the creation of the world to the Doom of the Gods works pretty well, though it gives the gods and their chil [...]

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