Theft of the Sun, and Other New Norse Myths

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An enchanting collection of stories based on Norse mythology. These are magical tales woven by a true storyteller, and their drama and intensity will draw readers in. An important addition to Norse literature. Ages 12 & up.

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Through his passion for Norse Mythology and his storytelling skills, Douglas (Dag) Rossman has ignited excitement and enthusiasm in Norse tales in a whole new generation. As the skalds of old retold the Icelandic sagas, Dag has been a featured storyteller at folk festivals and summer camps, introducing boys and girls to stories about dragons, elves, dwarves, giants, and valkyries. Dag Rossman has written stories for Mythic Circle and Viking magazines. He authored a comprehensive dictionary of Norse Mythology entitled The Nine Worlds, and has published three other collections of stories. After retiring as a Professor of Biology at Louisiana State University, Dag created a major exhibit at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum entitled Echoes of Odin: Norse Mythology in Scandinavian and America, and served as a consultant for the Smithsonian traveling exhibition Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga at the Minnesota Science Museum.

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Douglas (Dag) Rossman is an American storyteller of Norse descent who put together Theft of the Sun and Other New Norse Myths. Rossman weaves the spell of the oral tradition behind his retelling of the old tales; his works are thus best read aloud. He also has written some original stories to account for what he considers loose ends in the classic tales, that is, he fills in the places where he wondered what happened next...? I wholeheartedly agree with Jodie Forrest when in her introduction she compares Rossman with Hans Christian Andersen, I wish Mr. Rossman a long and productive writing career. --Green Man Review

Douglas Rossman s Norse tales have appeared in The Mythic Circle from time to time; they are well-written, managing to find a balance point between the sometimes obscure or difficult to comprehend translations of the old tales and updatings that seem to place contemporary characters in the Norse costumes, dragging with them all the angst and anti-sense of wonder of modern times. Rossman keeps the Norse flavor while adding depth and interest to the characters, a difficult feat. . . . The stories are vividly written, Norse in feel, rich in magic, humor, weird beasts, dwarves, and poems. . . . Rossman s stories vary in tone and length, exhibiting his expertise with the material, his style and engaging blend of the old and the new. The tales would read aloud well; I can imagine a group of children sitting round a hearth listening with bated breath to these stories, and then wishing to find out more about the mysteries of the ancient northern world. --reviewed by Sherwood Smith, Mythprint

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