As the title suggests, the focus is on how these ancient belief systems have shaped modern-day Nordic countries. McCoy begins by tracing the origins of Norse mythology and religion before examining the pantheon of gods and goddesses. He also looks at critical episodes from Norse mythology, such as Ragnarok, and discusses the role that these stories continue to play in contemporary culture.
Throughout, McCoy provides readers with a clear and concise overview of a complex and often misunderstood topic. As such, it will interest those with prior knowledge of Norse mythology and religion and those coming to it for the first time.
The D'Aulaires were very famous writers and illustrators of mythology books for children. In fact, you were probably introduced to their Greek mythology book back in elementary school. Their Norse Myths was my personal first introduction to the world of Odin and the other gods, way back in the first grade.While these books are written for children, they belong in the collection of anyone who loves Norse myths-- if not for their text, then for their images. Their style is wholly unique, using bright colors and very intricate drawings to bring these tales out of the imagination and on to the page. They have a follow-up book called Norse Gods and Giants that is well-worth being in your collection as well. 1e1e36bf2d