From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths by Heather O'donoghueFrom Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths by Heather O'donoghue

From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths

byHeather O'donoghue

Paperback | December 15, 2008

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This is the first book to show how the Norse myths have resonated from era to era: from Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; and from Wagner's Ring to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor. Heather O'Donoghue considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present. From Asgard to Valhalla is a book that will intrigue and delight anyone with an interest in how the Norse myths have so profoundly shaped the western cultural heritage.

Heather O'Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse in the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College.
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Title:From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse MythsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 5.98 × 0.73 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845118294

ISBN - 13:9781845118297

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Table of Contents

List of Plates * Acknowledgements * A Note on Proper Names * Introduction * Part One: The Earliest Sources of Old Norse Mythology * Creation and Cosmos * Gods and Giants * Heroes and Humans * Afterlife and Apocalypse * Part Two: The Reception of Norse Myth * The Viking Legacy * Romantic Revolutions * The Rise of Racism * Contemporary Myths * Epilogue * Timeline * Bibliography * Index

Editorial Reviews

""O’Donoghue writes fascinatingly about the perpetuity of the myths."" --Peter Conrad, The Observer

""From Asgard to Valhalla is a readable and stimulating book, opening up many interesting lines of inquiry."" --Times Literary Supplement (UK)

""This . . . accessible work looks at how Norse myths have influenced our cultural life in the fields of literature, art and music."" --Bookseller