The Children of Odin - The Book of Northern Myths ebook
THE CHILDREN OF ODIN
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A long, long time ago, before the dawn of time, somewhere to the North, lay the realm of Asgard. Therein dwelt the Norse gods and goddesses of old who were wise, beautiful and kind. They lived in peace and harmony, untouched by evil and iniquity - until the day the Giants from Jotunheim cast envious eyes upon them and their kingdom....
Padraic Colum (1881 - 1972) was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival. In his retelling of these Norse myths and legends he speaks directly to children.
This volume is an excellent retelling of the Norse sagas about Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki, and other gods and goddesses, whom the Vikings believed lived in Asgard, back in the murky clouds of pre-history. It is quite literally a version of northern mythology retold for children which has enthralled the young, and the young at heart, for countless generations. Enthralling because, while Greek and Roman mythology is interesting, Norse legend seems to have a special place in the Western European psyche, probably because so many Europeans have a Viking ancestor somewhere in their lineage.
These stories are filled with the rich narrative of the storyteller, the flashing of colour, beauty and truth against the foreboding, lurking dark of the underworld. They are brought to life with excellent illustrations by the renowned artist Willy Pogany (1882 1955). In addition, the creators of many of todays online Viking games regularly use this volume as a point of reference.
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Excerpt from THE CHILDREN OF ODIN
FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO
ONCE there was another Sun and another Moon; a different Sun and a different Moon from the ones we see now. Sol was the name of that Sun and Mani was the name of that Moon. But always behind Sol and Mani wolves went; a wolf behind each. The wolves caught on them at last and they devoured Sol and Mani. And then the world was in darkness and cold.
In those times the Gods lived, Odin and Thor, Hödur and Baldur, Tyr and Heimdall, Vidar and Vali, as well as Loki, the doer of good and the doer of evil. And the beautiful Goddesses were living then, Frigga, Freya, Nanna, Iduna, and Sif. But in the days when the Sun and Moon were destroyed the Gods were destroyed too--all the Gods except Baldur who had died before that time, Vidar and Vali, the sons of Odin, and Modi and Magni, the sons of Thor.
At that time, too, there were men and women in the world. But before the Sun and the Moon were devoured and before the Gods were destroyed, terrible things happened in the world. Snow fell on the four corners of the earth and kept on falling for three seasons. Winds came and blew everything away. And the people of the world who had lived on in spite of the snow and the cold and the winds fought each other, brother killing brother, until all the people were destroyed.
Also there was another earth at that time,
an earth green and beautiful. But the terrible winds that blew leveled down forests and hills and dwellings. Then fire came and burnt the earth.
There was darkness, for the Sun and the Moon were devoured. The Gods had met with their doom. And the time in which all these things happened was called Ragnarök, the Twilight of the Gods.
Then a new Sun and a new Moon appeared and went traveling through the heavens; they were more lovely than Sol and Mani, and no wolves followed behind them in chase. The earth became green and beautiful again, and in a deep forest that the fire had not burnt a woman and a man wakened up. They had been hidden there by Odin and left to sleep during Ragnarök, the Twilight of the Gods.
Lif was the woman's name, and Lifthrasir was the man's. They moved through the world, and their children and their children's children made people for the new earth. And of the Gods were left Vidar and Vali, the sons of Odin, and Modi and Magni, the sons of Thor; on the new earth Vidar and Val, found tablets that the older Gods had written on and had left there for them, tablets telling of all that had happened before Ragnarök, the Twilight of the Gods.
And the people who lived after Ragnarök, the Twilight of the Gods, were not troubled, as the people in the older days were troubled, by the terrible beings who had brought destruction upon the world and upon men and women, and who from the beginning had waged way upon the Gods.
Table of Contents for THE CHILDREN OF ODIN
|PART I THE DWELLERS IN ASGARD|
|FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO|
|THE BUILDING OF THE WALL|
|IDUNA AND HER APPLES: HOW LOKI PUT THE GODS IN DANGER|
|SIF'S GOLDEN HAIR: HOW LOKI WROUGHT MISCHIEF IN ASGARD|
|HOW BROCK BROUGHT JUDGMENT ON LOKI|
|HOW FREYA GAINED HER NECKLACE AND HOW HER LOVED ONE WAS LOST TO HER|
|HOW FREY WON GERDA, THE GIANT MAIDEN, AND HOW HE LOST HIS MAGIC SWORD|
|HEIMDALL AND LITTLE HNOSSA: HOW ALL THINGS CAME TO BE|
|THE ALL-FATHER'S FOREBODINGS: HOW HE LEAVES ASGARD|
|PART II ODIN THE WANDERER|
|ODIN GOES TO MIMIR'S WELL: HIS SACRIFICE FOR WISDOM|
|ODIN FACES AN EVIL MAN|
|ODIN WINS FOR MEN THE MAGIC MEAD|
|ODIN TELLS TO VIDAR, HIS SILENT SON, THE SECRET OF HIS DOINGS|
|THOR AND LOKI IN THE GIANTS' CITY|
|HOW THOR AND LOKI BEFOOLED THRYM THE GIANT|
|AEGIR'S FEAST: HOW THOR TRIUMPHED|
|THE DWARFS HOARD, AND THE CURSE THAT IT BROUGHT|
|PART III THE WITCH'S HEART|
|FOREBODING IN ASGARD|
|LOKI THE BETRAYER|
|LOKI AGAINST THE AESIR|
|THE CHILDREN OF LOKI|
|PART IV THE SWORD OF THE VOLSUNGS AND THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS|
|THE SWORD GRAM AND THE DRAGON FAFNIR|
|THE DRAGON'S BLOOD|
|THE STORY OF SIGMUND AND SIGNY|
|THE STORY OF SIGMUND AND SINFIOTLI|
|THE STORY OF THE VENGEANCE OF THE VOLSUNGS AND OF THE DEATH OF SINFIOTLI|
|BRYNHILD IN THE HOUSE OF FLAME|
|SIGURD AT THE HOUSE OF THE NIBELUNGS|
|HOW BRYNHILD WAS WON FOR GUNNAR|
|THE DEATH OF SIGURD|
|THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS|
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