Formative first book of Norse mythologyThe edition shown is by the same publisher as my copy, but it was published in 1962 My copy has my mother s name in the cover, with the date Sept 1930, when she was te While on vacation in Wisconsin, we happened upon a horse farm that specialized in Scandinavian horses On a whim, we stopped in and learned all about the Gotland, Icelandic, Arland, and other varieties of Scandinavian horses We also met Icelandic goats, chickens, and ducks At any rate, the sign of this place, called Norse Horse Park on Washington Island in Wisconsin, featured a picture of Odin riding Sleipnir, his horse This reminded me of the Norse mythological poems that we read in German c While on vacation in Wisconsin, we happened upon a horse farm that specialized in Scandinavian horses On a whim, we stopped in and learned all about the Gotland, Icelandic, Arland, and other varieties of Scandinavian horses We also met Icelandic goats, chickens, and ducks At any rate, the sign of th . This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I enjoyed this book,and ended up taking quite a few notes, but when it came down to it, I am not sure that I quite liked how this book was organized The myths were fascinating, but I feel there may have been a way to arrange them that would make everything easier to follow.That being said, there s a lot to consider in this collection Some things I jotted down as interesting I found Loki s role as the god of mischief t Simplified watered down versions of stories from the Eddas This book seems to be aimed at a late elementary or jr high school age reader For that target audience this is a great introduction and would probably be the best thing you could This book, comprised of Irish author Padraic Colum s retellings of classic Norse myths, was on the shelf in our apartment when we moved in Having only encountered Norse mythology in the wonderful illustrated D Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, I thought it would be a good idea for me to reacquaint myself with these stories, which are referenced not infrequently in Scandinavian and Icelandic literature Colum s book is, as the cover claims, very readable, although I found the choice to use a quas This book, comprised of Irish author Padraic Colum s retellings of classic Norse myths, was on the shelf in our apartment when we moved in Having only encountered Norse mythology in the wonderful illustrated D Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, I thought it would be a good idea for me to reacquaint myself with these stories, which are referenced not infrequently in Scandinavian and Icelandic literature Colum s book is, as the cover claims, very readable, although I found the choice to use a quasi Old English throughout a little unnecessary The typical thees and thous and such became a bit grating after awhile, and don t really add significant gravitas of the Gods, either The story chronology also overlaps and reverses and reorients a fair amount, often owing to the structure of the myths themselvesthan anything This isn t actually a problem, rather it creates a sort of timelessness esp This is a great read Being a Skandanavian I was especially interested in reading this book This is nortic mythology at it s best I recommend you all read it and enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond Before Time As We Know It Began, Gods And Goddesses Lived In The City Of Asgard Odin All Father Crossed The Rainbow Bridge To Walk Among Men In Midgard Thor Defended Asgard With His Mighty Hammer Mischievous Loki Was Constantly Getting Into Trouble With The Other Gods, And Dragons And Giants Walked Free This Collection Of Norse Sagas Retold By Author Padraic Colum Gives Us A Sense Of That Magical Time When The World Was Filled With Powers And Wonders We Can Hardly Imagine ,, Though a bit bowdlerized as mentioned in the introduction Colum s retellings are lucid laced through with a poetic northern spirit Definitelyevocative than Lancelyn Green.