The review: norse mythology – neil gaiman’s retells story of ‘tragic heroes, tragic villains’

The review: norse mythology – neil gaiman’s retells story of ‘tragic heroes, tragic villains’ whatever he seems


Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

W. W. Norton & Co

4 stars

Neil Gaiman has discussed Thor, Loki and Odin a great deal. All of them demonstrated up briefly as background figures in the comics masterpiece Sandman as well as in his children’s book Odd and also the Frost Giants. Later they grew to become the primary figures in the award-winning novel American Gods, whereby the twentieth century they and yet another old gods from around the globe have been reduced to small-time hustlers and disadvantage men.

And today, still fascinated, he’s gone completely to the start in the original retelling from the old sagas in Norse Mythology.

Gaiman fell deeply in love with the figures after studying The Mighty Thor comics like a kid, and definitely that form of the god of thunder – Chris Hemsworth striding across a film screen, swinging his mighty hammer Mjolnir, taking his shirt off and speaking in ancient-ant British – may be the one many people consider now. Particularly the shirtless part.

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However the youthful Gaiman wanted to find out more and that he rapidly discovered that the blond, noble hero from the comics was initially red-bearded, married with kids, not very vibrant, a lot more violent, and much more fun to see about. The tales of Thor, his family and the individuals have influenced him since.

We like epic tales. In The Lord from the Rings to Bet on Thrones, we treasure tales of affection and bloodstream and revenge and gallantry, and nowhere are individuals found more readily compared to the tales from the one-eyed god Odin the Allfather, his more-muscles-than-brains boy Thor, and the bloodstream brother, the trickster god Loki, since the Norse were a commonsense individuals who assumed their gods could be just like petty or vindictive as other people, just on the much bigger scale.


Gaiman, a writer who writes fantasy/horror/comedy/poetry/songs/kid’s books/comics/whatever he seems like, returned to Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda from about 1220, using a number of different translations and filling out details from poems along with other sources, to retell 15 of the very most famous Norse tales inside a narrative arc that depicts an outing “from the ice and also the fire where the world begins, towards the fire and also the ice that finish the world”, because he states within the introduction.

It starts gradually, as Gaiman builds the planet for all of us by telling us how Odin and the siblings built the planet. However it accumulates rapidly when Thor threatens to interrupt every bone in Loki’s body because someone stop all Thor’s wife’s hair while she rested.

“‘And if her hair doesn't grow correctly, I is and break every bone within your body again. And again. Basically get it done every single day, I’ll soon get great in internet marketing,’ he transported on, sounding a little more cheerful.”

Loki’s excuse? “It was funny. I had been drunk.”

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Similar to Gaiman portrayed them within their brief Sandman appearances, here Thor is minus the hero and much more the marginally slow, easily tricked, red-bearded brawler. Loki may be the murderous trickster, meddlesome with regard to it and also spinning lies to get away from and back to trouble. Odin, of course, pays and effective rather than to become reliable. They're immortal, and effective, and pettier than any Real Housewives show.

They're also condemned, using the spectre of Ragnarok, the finish around the globe when all gods die, looming them over. Every story leads nearer to the finish and understanding that helps make the gods, as Gaiman states, “tragic heroes, tragic villains”.

Meanwhile, you will see how Odin threw in the towel his eye to achieve knowledge, how Thor got his hammer, where bad poetry originates from. You will see treachery and practical jokes and casual cruelty and noble functions and violent fights and a few really inventive laying and also the goddess Freya’s hands offered in marriage a variety of occasions to obtain someone from trouble and Loki, inside a plan involving shape-shifting, getting amorous having a horse.


Gaiman informs these tales like a storyteller would, as though around a fireplace, leading his eager listeners from tale to tale. You should think about the audiobook form of Norse Mythology just for that reason since Gaiman reads his work perfectly and it is a great way to learn how to pronounce “Yggdrasil”.

And you will see, with Gaiman’s gentle method of suggesting probably the most delightfully horrible tales, how compelling and magical the Norse tales are still.


Ghosts, Murder, and More Murder – Hamlet Part I: Crash Course Literature 203


Mustafa Kulle: Bring back Crash Course Literature please.

Ethan Thompson: I wish they'd just go ahead and make a crash course Shakespeare

CrashCourse: In which +John Green  teaches you about Hamlet, William Shakespeare's longest and most-performed play. People love Hamlet. The play that is, not necessarily the character. Hamlet is a Tragedy with a capital T (I guess I don't have to point that out, since you can see clearly in the text that the T was capitalized). By Tragedy, I mean virtually everyone dies at the end. John will talk a little bit about the history of the play and the different versions of it that have appeared in the centuries since it was written. You'll also learn about some of the big themes in the play, get a brief plot overview, and the all important connections between Prince Hamlet and Simba, the Lion King. Seriously though, The Lion King is totally just a Hamlet musical with animals instead of people.\n\nGhosts, Murder, and More Murder – Hamlet Part I: Crash Course Literature 203

Holly Anne: Hamlet was an emo before it was cool…

HamzaSayedAli: How is John from the past wearing a The Fault in Our Stars shirt if he's in the past? It only came out 2 years ago. 

ʎʇʇəq ıɐɔ: To be, or not to be, that's the point, to die, to sleepe, IS THAT ALL?

RenardeBlanche: To paraphrase a former high school English classmate of mine, Hamlet comes home from university and finds his father dead and his mother married to his uncle. Worst… spring break… ever.

Cocoabean: When are you going to do Macbeth?

RoonMian: Good thinking of old Bill to change the name of the protagonist from "Omelette" to "Hamlet"