Norse Mythology

Norse MythologyNeil Gaiman, Long Inspired By Ancient Mythology In Creating The Fantastical Realms Of His Fiction, Presents A Bravura Rendition Of The Norse Gods And Their World From Their Origin Though Their Upheaval In Ragnarok In Norse Mythology, Gaiman Stays True To The Myths In Envisioning The Major Norse Pantheon Odin, The Highest Of The High, Wise, Daring, And Cunning Thor, Odin S Son, Incredibly Strong Yet Not The Wisest Of Gods And Loki Son Of A Giant Blood Brother To Odin And A Trickster And Unsurpassable ManipulatorGaiman Fashions These Primeval Stories Into A Novelistic Arc That Begins With The Genesis Of The Legendary Nine Worlds And Delves Into The Exploits Of Deities, Dwarfs, And Giants Through Gaiman S Deft And Witty Prose, These Gods Emerge With Their Fiercely Competitive Natures, Their Susceptibility To Being Duped And To Duping Others, And Their Tendency To Let Passion Ignite Their Actions, Making These Long Ago Myths Breathe Pungent Life Again

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  • Paperback
  • 301 pages
  • Norse Mythology
  • Neil Gaiman
  • English
  • 11 November 2018
  • 9780393356182

10 thoughts on “Norse Mythology

  1. says:

    I ve always loved mythology, folktales and legends They are the original fairy tales of humanity and, given the timeless fairytale quality to Gaiman s writing, it seemed to follow that he would be the perfect writer for a book of Norse mythology He is In fact, Gaiman seems born to write or rewrite myths.Norse mythology is actually one I ve always been less familiar with I know Greek, Roman and Egyptian fairly well, and some Indian as well, but my knowledge of Norse mythology kind of ends at Odin, Loki, Thor and Thor s hammer And even then I don t know much about what they all did To me, this book was very interesting and informative as well as a compelling pageturner.Gaiman recreates Norse myths in his signature style, with a bit of humour, a whole bunch of complex characters, and a big serving of charm He makes the stories feel modern and fresh, yet still timeless You feel like you re reading about millennia old gods, but it s very accessible to today s reader.Norse Mythology is told in short stories Some of the chapters are very short only a page or two long and others are slightly longer I liked how easy it was to dip in and out of I could go read some of my other books between stories and return to this without a problem I know ease of reading should not be a top priority, but it is great to find a book that makes experiencing its stories as easy and non demanding as possible.It is fast paced and action packed, but what shines through most of all is how all these stories tie into important aspects of the real world as stories about gods tend to do This is a fascinating portrait of a time and a people who really truly believed in Odin and Loki and their many escapades It s funny, it s eye opening, and it s very enjoyable Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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    Gaiman is, without a doubt, one of the most multi talented writers alive today I don t say this out of a sense of personal bias, but with a degree of objectivity Not only does he write fantastic comics, intelligent children s stories and detailed novels about the nature of godhood even if I didn t personally enjoy them all , he also has adapted Norse mythology and re written it with his modern stylish flair He really is a talented man he is capable of that rare, rare, thing of being able to write fiction that is worthy of literary criticism but is also ridiculously popular and, well, just plain cool He has many years of writing ahead of him I hope And I don t think it is too far a thing to suggest that he may win the noble prize for literature in his lifetime He has contributed much to the arts, and this work here shows he has much to give I think he really deserves it So here he has retold some already excellent stories In doing so he makes them approachable and, perhaps even, engaging for a reader today I do like old poetry, though not everyone does I think this can be taken as either an introduction to such works or simply as it is at face value And it really is what it says on the cover it s a whole bunch or Norse stories about some familiar faces We have Odin, conniving and powerful We have Thor, strong and honourable And we have Loki, cunning and ingenious with his own complex intentions They do battle with each other, with the elements and a whole host of nasties But not before Gaiman takes the time to provide you with guided tour of Yggdrasil and the nine worlds that take root from her He clearly establishes the confounds of this mythology before he even begins The collection ends with the most appropriate tale of them all, Ragnarok the final destiny of the gods It spends the entirety of the collection building up to it Until now I have told you of things that have happened in the past things that happened a long time ago Now I shall tell you of the days to come Thus we witness the end of time The gods fight in one final glorious battle Loki, naturally, does not fight with the gods of Asgard Instead he leads the armies of the dead against them Many of the gods will die, and the pattern will begin anew as their offspring pick up the weapons of their slain forbears ultimately, taking on their mantels The cycle continues, as Gaiman captures the heart of Norse mythology here What I also noticed is how these tales have affected his other works Sure, the characters are different yes, the setting is warped into something else, but you can clearly see how writing this, and researching this, has oozed out into his other projects This ideas of rejuvenation is repeated in the Sandman series, for example Gaiman also narrates his personal journey in the introduction this book has been a long time coming this topic has clearly helped to propel much of his writing, and it really is worth hearing about.FBR Twitter Facebook Insta Academia

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    Definitely short, but imminently readable This is one of the best straight mythology books I ve read when it comes to pure enjoyment I say this, fully aware that I m a Gaiman fanboy, and yet, I still mean it Don t look for fiction here Rather, look for the source material and a clear understanding of the Norse mythos as far as we have it So much has been lost and then, there s a ton of fragments Alas But what we do have is quite cool.My personal favorite was the story of Baldur s murder and the attempt to raise him up from Hel s domain Hel even agrees, graciously, to let him come back from the dead as long as not a single person on any level of the World Tree refuses to weep for the man Baldur is a sweet man that makes the flowers grow, for goodness sake and it was a very close race but you know how these things go.We all know that LOKI is the reason we can t have nice things Forget children I blame Loki I love the fact that wits and brawn are held in equal esteem, but I sure wish there was a lot stories about the women There s plenty of hints Just lost fragments, however It s a shame.Still, what we ve got is enough to whet anyone s appetite and I even think this is a perfectly appropriate text for young ones, too I definitely plan on reading it to my kid once she holds still long enough for it It ll be a nice companion to the The Kalevala and some Greek stuff, too Go Fenrir I d really love to see Cthulhu go up against him.

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    Hammer of the gods A book written by NEIL GAIMAN about NORSE MYTHOLOGY was a book I was going to read There was no way I was NOT going to read it Mr Gaiman might as well have mentioned me in the dedication page and of course Lyn must read this And I was going to like it He could have written They were blond and cold The end and I d have said WOW succinctly stated, he s a genius Thankfully Gaiman goes into some detail and has crafted for us a beautiful modern saga of the coolest pantheon in the multiverse I, of course, revisited Deities Demigods Cyclopedia of Gods and Heroes from Myth and Legend and refreshed my memory of these badass northerners.And like Norman Mailer did with Egyptian mythology in Ancient Evenings, and like Kevin Hearne is doing with the Celtic gods in his Iron Druid books, so too does Gaiman give life and breath to ancient myth I am also reminded of Tolkien s The Silmarillion and how he was able to craft a First Age mythos for his fantasy.We learn that unlike the money making Marvel heroes, these gods and goddesses are complicated and unfit for easy labels and stereotypes This also made me think of myth in terms of ancient psychological needs and how primitives came up with the gods and their stories A comparative religion study could trace the similarities in many legends and ancient belief systems I am especially interested in a comparative study of Loki and other trickster gods like Coyote and Anansi I was also reminded of American Tall Tales like Paul Bunyon and Pecos Bill and I thought of the origins of these kinds of stories.And the author of American Gods is uniquely able to make this than just a history lesson about primitive theology, and also than just a current re telling of legend Gaiman reveals Loki as a colorful and complex rogue who is, like most of these figures, than simply bad or good Although Deities Demigods does list him as Chaotic Evil Odin is darker and mysterious than a grandfatherly figure he s cunning, dangerous and unpredictable Thor is a simple and straightforward brute, sometimes petulant and easily misled Gaiman s interpretation of the death of Baldr was also very poignant.So turn on Led Zeppelin s Immigrant Song, tap a keg of mead and enjoy Recommended for Gaiman fans, myth and legend fans and everyone else, a fun book.

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    Of course it was Loki It s always Loki If you ask me this quote is a sufficient summary of the entirety of Norse mythology lol But no one asked me so I m going to continue to write down a few of my other thoughts P I wish I could have read this before I read Uncle Rick s Magnus Chase series because there were all the details I wanted to know while I read those first two books XD Also it s kinda funny that Uncle Rick managed to write some of those stories into the plot of his books Thor is definitely not the brightest bulb in the chandelier lol What s with all those giants and other gods that want to marry Freya O_o I mean what is she A honeypot for bears XD They all want to buy a pig in a poke and don t even know about her fierce temper Haha Poor Freya always reduced to her good looks Guess this game is as old as time shakes head Why are all the giants ugly except of some of the women lol I mean there were gods Loki, Frey who had a relationship with or married a giantess and they obviously were beautiful, so I don t really get why the rest of them even their parents look the way they do The ugliness skipped a generation lol Why didn t Balder and Freya start dating They would have made the perfect children P Loki was handsome, and he knew it People wanted to like him, they wanted to believe him, but he was undependable and self centred at best, mischievous or evil at worst It was nice to hear about Loki s family even though I feel sorry for Sigyn I mean he obviously cheated on her or his three kids with the giantess wouldn t have even existed, yet she s still faithful and stands next to him trying to safe him from the poison of the snake Sigyn deserves everything and the world for this 3 I mean I get it, Loki caused Balder s death and he did a lot of mischief over the centuries, did his deeds really qualify to punish him in that cruel manner though Sigyn and his sons Narfi and Vali had nothing to do with his plotting yet they were the ones that got hurt the most Couldn t they just have locked Loki in an underground cell and let it be To watch your children kill each other and to be bound with the intestines of one of them the snake was a little bit over the top, wasn t it Just saying No wonder he wants revenge in the form of Ragnarok Also if Odin is the All father and sees and knows everything how could he have missed so much lol If Loki actually managed to do mischief whenever the almighty Odin was on the privy he s even talented than I thought P Last but not least I ll go and check my family tree now There s a slight chance I could be one of Loki s descendants All the mischief, plotting, scheming, being sassy, a self confidence you d have to slay extra one day sounds damn familiar Pity I didn t inherit his good looks lol P This said Happy Reading XD__________________________________I love Norse mythology so I was kind of bound to read this book sooner or later and I m really curious how Neil Gaiman wrote this The opinions of my friends seem to be rather mixed on this one and their reviews vary from 5 stars to only 2 or 3 Plus I read some disturbing updates lol Do I really want to read this XD Well, I guess I ll have to find out if Gaiman s book works for me or not Hopefully it does Wish me luck crosses fingers P.S If it turns out to be bad it s at least not all too long lol

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    In the beginning, there was nothing but mist and flames.At least, that s what the Edda claims.I ve always been fascinated with Norse Mythology and with everything ancient in general With its strong impact on Marvel s movies, metal music and J.R.R Tolkien, the AllFather of high fantasy, references to the mighty Gods of Asgard, and the impending twilight thereof, are a part of daily life Neil Gaiman did not invent a story from the start He had the material, the facts, the descriptions ready Yet Norse Mythology is the stellar proof of his tremendous talent and ingenuity, because like a new Odin, he instilled breath in myths existing for thousands of years, he commanded to life frost giants, demons, dwarves, elves, sir and Vanir alike, and crafted a marvelous collection of stories, ideal to read them in a cold winter s night, next to a grinding fire, holding a cup of warm content, while your mind travels in wild landscapes and flies in the form of a raven, spying the creation of the world and its destruction, only to be reborn again For in Norse Mythology, it is obvious that rebirth always follows death Behind the depth, before the heightSurrounded by the serpent J rmundgandWorld of man in the middleOf heat and ice built by the Ymer brow One of the most astonishing things you realise while reading Norse Mythology, is that human minds work in a similar manner all over the world You can t help but notice the similarities with other mythologies, the traditions of people who thrived miles away Take the creation of the Nine Worlds for example there was a flood, one created by Ymer s blood, that destroyed all life only to start it anew You will notice the same pattern in Greek Mythology, with Deucalion and Pyrrha, in Genesis, with Noah s ark, and many other cultures, like the Aboriginal tribes and the Mayas You will also discover the origins of the Middle Earth s creation, and the races inhabiting it, and you ll marvel at the parallels between Gjallerhorn, which will be blown by Heimdall at the end of all things to wake the Gods, and the Horn of Valere which will summon the Heroes to battle in Tarmon Gai don, the Final Battle, in Robert Jordan s Wheel of Time It s chilling, and strangely satisfying.Odin, Thor and Loki are the main dramatis personae, followed by Freyr and Freya, Baldr and T r Through Neil Gaiman s eyes, his witty narration infused with humour, subtle comments and foreboding, you witness Odin s quest for wisdom, and the price he had to pay to acquire it you will find out how Loki made Sif go bald, and thus the greatest treasures came to the possesion of the Gods you will follow a strange man s efforts to create the walls of Asgard, demanding to be paid with the sun, the moon and beautiful Freya Fr yaBlue her eyesGold of hairA maiden so fair You will shiver before the children of Loki, the serpent of Midgard, the lady of the realm of the Dead, and wolf Fenrir, the demise of the Gods I watched as he shoutedTo the giants who died that dayHe held up his hammer highAnd called to Odin for a sign You will laugh at Thor s disguise in order to take back Mjolnir, and taste the heavenly mead of Poetry and Widsom, which was made of blood you ll visit the land of the giants alongside Thor and Loki and you ll be tricked by illusions you ll search for the apples of I unn which grant eternal youth apples of Hesperides anyone after the Gods lost them thanks to Loki you ll see Freyr finding his missing part you will steal the cauldron that brews the greatest beer and you will mourn the death of the Sun Honour your brother s name, unarmed or blindLet me aid you in your aim, don t stay behind Let s maim immortality and death to a deity You will find out how the first fishing net was created and why, and finally, you will freeze in the Coldest Winter, the prelude to the extinction of mankind, and the Twilight of the Gods.Ragnar k Ragnar kSee the earth go up in flamesRagnar kThe great serpent writhes in rageThe doom of gods now hath comeThe fall of the sunThe gates of Hel devour the deadAt the twilight of the gods Neil Gaiman s pantheon is ruled by the same passions, desires and ambitions with the mortals His Gods are naive and cruel, spontaneous and bloodthirsty Thor is not particularly bright nor as hot as Chris Hemsworth , and Loki is a spiteful creature, a puppeteer, a troublemaker and by the end, you ll crave his suffering Asgard s always been my homeBut I m of different bloodI will overthrow the throneDeceiver Deceiver of the gods Norse Mythology may not be original in its content, but it is innovative and deeply inspiring in its prose, and the blessed talent of the hand that wrote it It is a quick and relaxing read I highly recommend if you re searching for your next epic adventure Thor Odin s sonProtector of mankindRide to meet your fateYour destiny awaits Buddy read with Eliasdgian Playlist in order of lyrics appearance Midgard Therion Fr ya s Theme Leave s Eyes Thor Manowar Brother s Bane T r Ragnar k Stormwarrior Deceiver of the Gods Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God Sabaton Amon Amarth cover

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    3.5 5 StarsGilgamesh from Mesopotamian religion, Izanagi from Japanese creation myth and Zeus from Greek myth These are a few popular figures from many mythologies around the globe I m here to let you know my thoughts on one of the most popular and well known mythology, Norse Mythology, told by Neil Gaiman with Odin, Thor, and Loki at the center of the lore.Norse mythology has always been one of the foundations used for most fictional stories in our time I grew up playing tons of video games that were based on these myths without even realizing that they were based on the mythology in the first place For instance, Odin as a summon in Final Fantasy franchise, Einherjar that were taken to Valhalla by the Valkyrie in preparation for Ragnarok in Valkyrie Profile series, or Yggdrasil, the tree of life that were depicted in Breath of Fire III but I won t bore you with these countless video games adaptations Let s do the most famous example Thor and Loki from Marvel Universe This franchise is so damn popular that every time the name Thor and Loki were mentioned, I can t help but envisioned Chris Hemsworth and Toms Hiddleston as the canon facial features, flaunting their long hair everywhere like they re in a shampoo commercial No idea why, they just do Picture Hair of the GodsAnyway, my point is, Norse mythology is a really important source of material for our current media entertainment and I admit, it has always been one of my favorite mythologies along with Japanese, Greek and Rome mythology.Norse Mythology is an EXACT retelling of Poetic Edda, the source material of the myth, which is already fantastic in its own way Neil Gaiman did a great job in adapting the source into a collection of short stories with his own words that made it enjoyable to read, especially for beginner to the myth but for me who s been fed with this myth for almost 20 years, I wish there s something new to be found here For those of you who don t know, the basic outline of Norse Mythology is about the creation of the worlds until the final battle between the Gods and the creatures that will destroy the worlds In case someone who doesn t know about the myth stumbled upon this review, I won t tell you about the battle itself other than in my opinion, it s always epic, in all adaptations Picture An example of the kind of battle you ll find in Ragnarok.I find Neil s retelling enjoyable to read but I do have two main problems with it First, as I mentioned before, for those of you who ve known about this myth already, you won t find anything new here, this is an EXACT retelling that it almost feel like a copy and paste to me I came into this book with the expectation that it will be a full novel with Neil s own rendition of the myth but nope, you can actually go to Wikipedia, search Norse Mythology and voila, you ll find the story told here Secondly, this is a really expensive book for its content It cost 20 where I live and for a 2 to 3 hour read of a story I ve heard about almost my whole life is really not worth it I received this book from my friend otherwise I ll feel so robbed personally The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them Overall, I personally still think that this book is a great introduction to the myth The original source, the Poetic Edda languages are hard to dive into and it s of an info dump compared to this Despite not finding anything original here, I still find it enjoyable and good to read I definitely recommend this to any Norse Mythology beginner, Neil Gaiman did a great job in this retelling and it s so easy to understand the words he wrote Plus, Norse Mythology is one of the best myths out there You owe it to yourself to read it if you re interested in knowing about the original tale of Odin, Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, Balder, Fenrir, Mjollnir and many names, I ll let you find out about them by yourself.Picture Norse Mythology by Marc Simonetti You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at Booknest

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    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a compulsively readable retelling of various myths from Norse Mythology.Once upon a time, in that hazy prehistoric time before Goodreads, Neil Gaiman was my favorite author Sandman was the gateway drug but I read all the Gaiman works I could get my hands on American Gods, Neverwhere, Coraline, Stardust, you get the point As the years went by, some of the shine wore off that penny As I explored Gaimain s influences, like P.G Wodehouse and Ray Bradbury, some of the magic was diminished.Anyway, I heard Gaimain was writing this book and my interest was rekindled I ve been curious about Norse mythology since reading my first Thor comic Gaimain delivers the goods here.In Norse Mythology, Gaimain retells fifteen Norse myths, from the creation of the Aesir to Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods, making them accessible to the modern reader.All of the Norse gods you re familiar with from pop culture, namely Odin, Thor, Loki, Balder, and Heimdall, are here, as well as a slew of others like Vidar, Kvasir, and Hod I was tangentially aware of some of what transpired, like Loki giving birth to a six legged horse and Odin hanging from Yggdrasil, the world tree, for nine days and nights before gaining his wisdom, but a lot of it was new to me The Aesir sure liked to booze it up, didn t they While there was quite a bit to like about this book, the thing that really stuck in my mind was Naglfar, the ship of the dead made out of fingernails Really Loki tying his junk to the beard of a goat for entertainment purposes was right up there, though.Reading Norse Mythology, I noticed echoes of it in fantasy novels I ve read in past couple decades, most notably The Elric Saga Part II and The First Chronicles of Amber For my money, this is the best thing Gaimain has done since The Graveyard Book though Doctor Who Nothing O Clock was also pretty sweet Four out of five stars.

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    First off the cover of this book is amaze balls I just freaking love it Many gods and goddesses are named in Norse mythology You will meet quite a few of them in these pages Most of the stories we have, however, concern two gods, Odin and his son Thor, and Odin s blood brother, a giant s son called Loki, who lives with the Aesir in Asgard I have always wanted to read a good book on Norse Mythology and I think Neil Gaiman did a great job explaining some things before the stories The different stories were awesome, okay, some were mean and what not but they were just so awesome Stories of the gods and giants and ogres and cunning and trickery I just loved it This book isn t very long at all and the stories are short but I think they were still great We don t always have to read big tomes to get good stories That being said, I think this would have been a cool trilogy of stories, but that s just my opinion I would liked to have seen two books I think that anyone that loves the gods will love or like this book I would recommend it for all of the great stories I can see how they all wanted to drop kick Loki across the room MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List

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    Had Ragnarok happened yet Was it still to happen I did not know then.I am not certain now Disclaimer Offensive comments regarding which country has the best and most diverse mythology in the world yes, there were people actually writing about and fighting over that or comments regarding religion in general will be immediately deleted and flagged There s YouTube and Facebook if some want to engage in such nonsense as fighting over thin air Norse myths aka Odin,Loki,Thor,Freya,the giants,the dwarves, etc Neil Gaiman equals instant,certain, glorious success.This review will be short because what can I say that hasn t been said And consider yourselves warned because I am going to sound like a major fangirl and I regret nothing World mythologies can be tricky,in my opinion.They re alive,well known,interesting by themselves.Choosing to use them as a retelling can become a boomerang in the hands of an incompetent author.Naturally,this isn t the case here.Neil Gaiman takes the Norse legends and transforms them into a sequence of tales that may be episodic but are linked to each other in a coherent way, written in a beautiful language that is contemporary and poetic.And most importantly, he approached his material with the utmost respect and wasn t influenced by recent popular teenage notions and Marvel abominations I hate those things,sorry His introduction is a wonderful text in which Gaiman explains his deep fascination with the myths of the lands of the North.Let us not forget that in Mr.Wednesday,Gaiman has created a version of Odin that would have satisfied even Grimnir himself.Had he existed,of course.The journey starts with the tale of the creation of the world by Odin,Vili and Ve after the killing of the giant Ymir.Then,we come to know the importance of Yggdrasil,the sacred tree, and the way the Norns hover over the past,the present and the future.All the beloved myths are here.Loki s cute children, the building of the Wall, the marriage of the false Freya,Idunn s apples,the trials of Loki and Thor in the Hall of the Giant king,Frey s search for happiness and the tragic tale of Baldr and many other legends are given new life in Gaiman s masterful hands.And of course,the shadow of impending doom,the Ragnarok, is always present, every time Loki speaks,every time he works on his tricks.The chapter that talks about the Twilight of the Gods is the most chilling description of Ragnarok you will ever read.The narration is smoothly divided between the major deities,even though the Big Three are the focus.Gaiman is the omniscient narrator and allows the reader to sit back, enjoy the tales and contemplate on their epicness.It is not dry or disengaged It is storytelling in the good, old fashioned way Although I was very familiar with the vast majority of the myths, I felt as if I was reading them for the first time.The dialogues are beautiful,without being modernized and each God and goddess have their own distinctive voice.The spirituality that inevitably escorts every mythology of the world is present and the deities are portrayed as complex characters,unlike other recent attempts that tried to portray them as sarcastic,stupid archetypes.Gods are anything but archetypes People s minds created them to invoke and communicate all the traits of mankind, the good and the bad, and I don t think mankind is supported on archetypes.We just have to look closely.After having read The Gospel of Loki, which was a major disappointment, Norse Mythology is than fresh air.It is Mythology at its best.It is a creation as beautiful as its cover on which Thor s Mj llnir invites us to enter a realm of beauty,strength and deceit That s the joy of myths.The fun comes in telling them yourself something I warmly encourage you to do,you person reading this.Read the stories in this book,then make them your own, and in some dark and icy winter s evening, or on a summer night when the sun will not set,tell your friends what happened when Thor s hammer was stolen, or how Odin obtained the Mead of poetry for the gods Neil Gaiman

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