From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths: O'Donoghue

From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths

O'Donoghue

Published by I.B. Tauris, 2007
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Black binding with black endpapers. 224 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. --Book is near fine, with only slight rubbing at corners. No markings, interior pages fresh and clean. Dust jacket is near fine with a slight bit of rubbing wear at tops of spine and flap folds. In clear archival cover. ~~ An excellent treatise by an established expert on Old Norse culture. From the DJ: [This] is the first book to show how and why the Norse myths have so powerfully resonated from era to era: from the Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; from the twilight of the gods in Wagner's Götterdämmerung to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor; and from Neil Gaiman's American Gods to the cult appeal of Viking Metal . . . [It] shows in what ways the Norse myths have impacted on the western mind, across the fields of literature, art, music and politics." Size: 8.5" x 9.5". Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Whether it be Thor's powerful hammer, the mysterious valkyries, the palatial home of the gods - Asgard - or ravenous wolves and fierce elemental giants, the Norse myths are packed with vivid incident. This is the first book to show how the Norse myths have resonated from era to era: from Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; and from Wagner's Ring to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor. Heather O'Donoghue considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present. From Asgard to Valhalla is a book that will intrigue and delight anyone with an interest in how the Norse myths have so profoundly shaped the western cultural heritage.

About the Author: Heather O'Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse in the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College. Her books include The Genesis of a Saga Narrative (1991), Old Norse Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (2004) and Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of a Saga Narrative (2005). An expert on Old Norse literature and myth, she has broadcast on the subject on national radio.

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Title: From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable ...
Publisher: I.B. Tauris
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
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