As anyone who has ever read the work of Neil Gaiman knows, ancient mythology figures prominently in his writing. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman pays tribute to the stories of the gods, beginning with the creation of Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds and continues through Ragnarok and the end of the era of the gods. Along the way, we learn how Thor received (and later lost) his hammer, the story of Loki’s children, how Odin gained his wisdom, and other tales both well-known and more obscure.
When writing Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman went directly to the source: the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda, 13th century collections of Old Norse literature. Though they are thousands of years old, the themes still resonate today and Gaiman retells the original narratives beautifully and with humor.
Many people have recently become acquainted with Norse myths through the Marvel universe, but this book is an excellent opportunity to read deeper into the subject. Long-time fans of Neil Gaiman will find this to be an enjoyable read, but Norse Mythology will appeal to first-time readers and would make an excellent gateway into the Neil Gaiman universe.