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Told by the Northmen: Stories from the Eddas and Sagas by E. M. Wilmot-Buxton is a captivating collection that brings to life the myths and tales of the Norse gods and heroes. This book serves as a wonderful introduction to the rich and complex world of Norse mythology and provides an engaging and accessible reading experience for both newcomers and enthusiasts.

What truly sets this book apart is the author's ability to retell these ancient stories with a modern flair, making them truly come alive for contemporary readers. Wilmot-Buxton masterfully combines her deep knowledge of Norse mythology with her storytelling skills, resulting in a fluid and captivating narrative that effortlessly weaves together tales of adventure, betrayal, and heroism.

One of the strengths of Told by the Northmen is its inclusion of a wide range of myths and sagas. From the creation of the world to epic battles and mythical creatures, the book covers an extensive array of Norse legends, ensuring that readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the Norse pantheon and its many fascinating characters. Each story is carefully chosen to provide a complete picture of the Norse mythology, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in this ancient world.

Furthermore, the author's writing style is highly engaging and accessible. While staying true to the essence of the original narratives, Wilmot-Buxton presents the stories in a way that is both entertaining and easy to follow. The language is clear, and the pacing of the tales keeps the reader engaged throughout, making it an ideal choice for those new to Norse mythology.

Another notable feature of this book is the author's attention to detail in providing historical context and explanations. Wilmot-Buxton takes great care to ensure that readers unfamiliar with Norse mythology can easily understand the significance of each story, and she provides helpful notes and explanations to clarify any unfamiliar terms or concepts. This thoughtful approach makes the book not only a delightful reading experience but also a valuable educational resource.

In conclusion, Told by the Northmen: Stories from the Eddas and Sagas is a captivating and expertly-crafted collection of Norse mythology. E. M. Wilmot-Buxton's ability to bring these ancient tales to life, combined with her accessible writing style, makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in the rich tapestry of Norse mythology. Whether you are new to the subject or a seasoned enthusiast, this book offers a delightful journey through the fascinating realm of the Northmen.

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Stories from the Eddas and Sagas


George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London



Hakon's Lay ix


I. How All Things Began 1

II. How All Father Odin Became Wise 6

III. How the Queen of the Sky Gave Gifts to Men 14

IV. How a Giant Built a Fortress for the Asas 17

V. The Magic Mead 22

VI. How Loki Made a Wager with the Dwarfs 29

VII. The Apples of Youth 34

VIII. How the Fenris Wolf was Chained 41

IX. How the Pride of Thor was Brought Low 46

X. How Thor's Hammer was Lost and Found 56

XI. The Giant's Daughters 64

XII. The Story of Balder the Beautiful 69

XIII. How Hermod Made a Journey to the Underworld 78

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