The Viking Post

Posted June 11, 2013 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Lyn / 16 Comments

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Hey! I wasn’t up to doing the TTT for this week, so I thought I would veer off and make an official post about my favorite subject: Viking literature. I have people asking me about Viking/Norse literature. I LOVE this question, so I decided to actually make a post about it. I’ll try to keep it updated. This list has not exhausted all of the possibilities, and once I have my at-home library set up, I can add more to the list.

First, let’s start with the basics. Start with these books if you are new to the field:

The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland – the best retelling of the myths
The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
The Poetic Edda Anonymous
Myths of the Norsemen by Helene Adeline Guerber
Mythology by Edith Hamilton – mostly Greek and Roman, but she does include a Norse portion in towards the back
East of the Sun, West of the Moon – Norwegian Folktale (my FAVORITE folktale!)

Next, here is a list of books that I have read that revolved around Vikings or Norse mythology:
Viking series by Tim Severin
Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years on – Modern Legends Based on Northern Myth by Steven T Abell (one of my favorites!)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (another awesome book)
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
East by Edith Pattou
Loki by Mike Vasich

Picture books based on Norse/Viking people:
Swedish Folk Tale by John Bauer
Viking Village Sticker Picture by A.G. Smith
Viking Times by Antony Mason
The Viking Adventures Of Hasting And Svein 1 by Darvil
Hands-On History! Viking World by Philip Steele

TBR Viking Books:

I checked my TBR list and ended up with a three page document. Three pages. And I kept adding while I was searching Goodreads. If you want to full list, I can send over the names and the authors to you via e-mail, but it will take me hours to put up these books. I am also very disappointed in my own motivation to clean off this shelf a bit. So, I will add the ten books I want to read on my Viking TBR shelf, and add up ten more when I completed these books.

Here are the next ten books:
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley
Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Stork by Wendy Delsol (part of a series)
Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer
The Masks of Odin: Wisdom of the Ancient Norse by Elsa-Brita Titchenell
Rune Warriors by James Jennewein, Tom S. Parker (part of a series)
Beowulf by Unknown (loosely related, but I believe it still counts)

So here is my year-long Viking challenge. Feel free to join in. I’ll try to announce my next book, if anyone wishes to read along.

Until next time.

16 responses to “The Viking Post

  1. I love love love mythology. Well mainly Greek and Roman (all because of Rick Riordan) but I’m always up to reading other mythology books. I kinda rolled my eyes when I saw the word Viking as we have been studying their history for one entire school term and I am honestly sick of them now. hah. Well it was tedious, we wrote at least 3 essays on them.

    Great topic choice though! I hear Rick is going to be writing some Norse so I am equally pumped.

  2. I did not know you liked Viking mythology-how enlightening! I’m not very familiar at all so I will definitely be checking out those introductory books and then coming back to see where to go next.

  3. Oooh, this is awesome. I’m not a huge Viking reader, though it’s awesome that you have this special interest. Of course, I’ll read anything mythology, but I go more for Greek, when given my druthers. I did love Valkyrie Rising, though. Oh, Starling also had Viking mythology, but it was bad, at least for me. Also, did you know that Douglas Adams has a series with Viking Mythology? He doooes! Dirk Gently’s Detective Agency. I’ve only read book two, but Thor was running around London with his hammer. Haha.

  4. Oh, I love Viking mythology and literature. I recently bought NJAL’S SAGA because a friend of mine who reads lots of Norse lit. recommended it to me. I think the Norse sagas and romances are just so fun, and really, Thor is like the best god ever. He’s just like ‘SMASH THINGS!’ Love. Him. And I remember being a little surprised at how freaky Odin is when I read my first Norse myths. I always assumed he was the good guy, but not really. lol

    • Thor is great. I also love Freyja. A goddess of desire who can still wipe the floor with some idiots. Loki is pretty great as well.

      Odin is one screwed up fellow…

  5. Such a cool challenge, Lyn! I haven’t read a lot about Vikings, but I like this idea a lot. What I *have* read was very interesting. I read Valkyrie Rising last year and really enjoyed it.

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