Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
The stories are beautifully retold, bringing together tales of the Gods who lived in Asgard--Odin, Thor, Loki and Freya. As is often the case with myths, each seeks to explain how or why something came to be, with an added dash of morality in there. I enjoyed many of Gaiman's depictions of the Gods, particularly Freya, who knows her own mind and most definitely doesn't want to be controlled, Thor, the hammer wielding God with a voracious appetite and Loki, the selfish, mischief maker that I loved to hate. In the stories themselves there is a little bit of humour, a little bit of gore and a few surprises. My personal favourite story was The Treasures of the Gods which explains how Thor got his hammer, with The Mead of Poets coming a close second--and I especially loved the explanation of how some people wind up writing bad poetry. Gross, but hilarious.
Overall, this is an entertaining read that helped expand my knowledge on Nordic Gods and Myths, and left me keen to learn more.