Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman turns Norse Mythology into one novel-like story filled with intrigue and adventures. Read my review.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman has been on my to-read list for I don’t know how long. I finally decided to dive in, and I wasn’t disappointed! Find out what I thought of the retelling of Nordic and Viking mythology and the book summary below. Hear the original stories of Thor and Loki – these are not your Marvel superheroes!

What is the book about?

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman―difficult with his beard and huge appetite―to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir―the most sagacious of gods―is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people. []

My thoughts:

In Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman’s storytelling takes you to a world of legends and creatures. He writes about the old legends in a way that’s easy to understand and captivating. As you read this book, you’ll be transported to a world where gods interact with humans, pranks are played, and big fights happen. It is a must-read if you love folklore or just an excellent fire-side story. You’ll enjoy the stories and learn more about the Viking gods.

Get comfortable with a warm blanket, make yourself a cup of herbal tea, and let yourself be transported to a magical world. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a great book that will take you on a journey to the past and spark your imagination. Get ready to be inspired by this book’s exciting stories, interesting characters, and valuable life lessons. Enjoy reading!

Listen to author Neil Gaiman read from Norse Mythology below (I highly recommend the audiobook. Gaiman’s voice is well-suited to these wonderful stories. Plus, if you’re unfamiliar with Nordic mythology, it’s good to hear someone else read the names and places to you!):