Friday 56 – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

My Book of the Week is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (click for link to Goodreads):

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Neil 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 manipulator.

Gaiman 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.”


“Loki went across the mountain to see the dwarf called Brokk, at the workshop he shared with his brother, Eitri. “Ivaldi’s sons are making three treasures as gifts for the gods of Asgard,” said Loki. “The gods are going to judge the treasures.  Ivaldi’s sons want me to tell you that they are certain you and your brother Eitri can’t make anything as good as they can. They called you “fumble-fingered incompetents’.””

I was lucky enough that page 56 was fairly near the beginning of the start of a new short story. It gives a good indication of how the mini stories contained in the book as a whole are written and, more specifically, what Loki is like as a character.

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12 thoughts on “Friday 56 – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Yess for Norse Mythology and for Neil Gaiman! As someone who studies Norse mythology I must admit that not all changes and choices Gaiman makes work for me, but overall I really enjoyed this one and I hope you do too! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      Oooo that sounds interesting. I know nothing about Norse Mythology except the little bits in the Marvel Films (embarassing really!) and now that book.

      Thank you. You too 🙂


    1. Emily Jane Post author

      I’ve only read two to be fair. This one wasn’t overly long and it was split into separate stories so I feel that it was a good introduction to what he can do. It was very different from Good Omens though!


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