Song of the Vikings

Song of the Vikings

Snorri and the Making of the Norse Myths

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Baker & Taylor
"Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are read, reread, and treasured. Famous storytellers such as JRR Tolkien and Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. The author who gave us Nordic mythology is a twelfth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. While his stories make great reading forchildren, the amazing world of medieval Scandinavia has been omitted from narrative history. In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings to life the intrigue and power struggles at the court of medieval Reykjav'k that Snorri inhabited. Drawing on new and original research, her deep knowledge of Icelandic history, and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown produces a richly textured narrative of a world that continues to fascinate. "--

McMillan Palgrave

Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world—a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it… InSong of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings Snorri Sturluson’s story to life in a richly textured narrative that draws on newly available sources.



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Offers a portrait of the court of medieval Reykjavik inhabited by twelfth-century Icelandic chieftain and bard Snorri Sturluson, drawing on original medieval sources to provide a narrative of the period and the folklore it inspired.
The award-winning author of The Abacus and the Cross offers an illuminating portrait of the court of medieval Reykjav'k inhabited by 12th-century Icelandic chieftain and bard Snorri Sturluson, drawing on original medieval sources to provide a rich narrative of the period and the folklore it inspired. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780230338845
Branch Call Number: 839.63 BRO
Characteristics: xi, 244 p. :,ill., map, geneal. table ;,25 cm

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thebritlass
Mar 19, 2017

While a bit dry or over-detailed in places, this book does a very good job of explaining the Icelandic contributions to literature (which is far more extensive than most realize) as it highlights the life of Snorri Sturluson, the poet who recorded, and perhaps created, Norse mythology.

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dannelson99
Jun 04, 2016

Any Nancy Brown book is worth picking up. She sets the subject into the historical context so well.

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