Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (Hardback)
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Short Description for Song of the Vikings A journey into the heart of the ancient North to witness the Vikings, Chieftains, and Epic Sagas, and meet the man who created Norse mythology. Drawing on new and original research, Brown produces a richly textured narrative of a world that continues to captivate imaginations and fascinate today.
- Published: 30 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780230338845 ISBN 10: 0230338844
- Sales rank: 91,906
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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... In "Song 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.