The Children of Odin - The Book of Northern Myths

The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths A long long time ago before the dawn of time somewhere to the North lay the realm of Asgard Therein dwelt the Norse gods and goddesses of old who were wise beautiful and kind They lived in peace

  • Title: The Children of Odin - The Book of Northern Myths
  • Author: Padraic Colum Willy Pogány
  • ISBN: 9781907256424
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • A long, long time ago, before the dawn of time, somewhere to the North, lay the realm of Asgard Therein dwelt the Norse gods and goddesses of old who were wise, beautiful and kind They lived in peace and harmony, untouched by evil and iniquity until the day the Giants from Jotunheim cast envious eyes upon them and their kingdom This volume is an excellent retellingA long, long time ago, before the dawn of time, somewhere to the North, lay the realm of Asgard Therein dwelt the Norse gods and goddesses of old who were wise, beautiful and kind They lived in peace and harmony, untouched by evil and iniquity until the day the Giants from Jotunheim cast envious eyes upon them and their kingdom This volume is an excellent retelling of the Norse sagas about Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki, and other gods and goddesses, whom the Vikings believed lived in Asgard, back in the murky clouds of pre history It is quite literally a version of northern mythology retold for children which has enthralled the young, and the young at heart, for countless generations Enthralling because, while Greek and Roman mythology is interesting, Norse legend seems to have a special place in the Western European psyche, probably because so many Europeans have a Viking ancestor somewhere in their lineage These stories are filled with the rich narrative of the storyteller, the flashing of colour, beauty and truth against the foreboding, lurking dark of the underworld They are brought to life with excellent illustrations by the renowned artist Willy Pogany 1882 1955 In addition, many of today s online Viking games use this volume as a point of reference Padraic Colum 1881 1972 was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival In his retelling of these Norse myths and legends he speaks directly to children 33% of the net from the sale of this book will be donated to charity.

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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 [...]

    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. الكتاب جداً ممتع، ومدخل مسلي لأساطير شعب الفايكنق والساكسون.لوكي، ثور، فالهالا العظيمة: حرب نهاية العالم. كلها تأتي بشكل متسلسل وممتع للقارئ العادي: أظنها قصدت للناشئة. لكن هذا مايمنع المتعة والفائدة "المرتبه" لمعرفة الآلهة وتراتيبها والأساطير المرتبطة بها. وبالتالي خريطة [...]

    4. 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 somet [...]

    5. 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 c [...]

    6. 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 quas [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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

    9. პოეტური "უფროსი ედას" შემდეგ, პროზაულად დაწერილი ოდინის ამბებიც მშვენიერი იყო.თარგმანიც კარგია და ის ხარვეზები რაც გამოცემას თან ახლავს, საერთოდ უმნიშვნელო მგონია, რადგან ამ გამომცემლობა [...]

    10. Though a bit bowdlerized (as mentioned in the introduction) Colum’s retellings are lucid laced through with a poetic northern spirit. Definitely more evocative than Lancelyn-Green.

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 Ragnarök. -Even if you forget what a certain word is, the writer reminds [...]

    13. 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, a [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 definit [...]

    16. 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.

    17. 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!

    18. 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.

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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. ;)

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 reac [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 th [...]

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