In these retellings of the Norse myths, based on Icelandic Eddas of the 13th century, Icelandic scholar Crossley-Holland has given a flavor of the original while making the language comfortable for modern children. Beginning with the Creation and ending with Ragnarok, the death of the gods, these are brief adventures or tales of gods, giants, dwarves and men trying to outdo or out-trick each other. Many of the stories center on brave Thor, God of the Sky, or Loki, the trickster; they have a majestic grandeur and a coarse, earthy humor, giving us an interesting glimpse of Viking culture. The woodcut illustrations have a crude strength and humor to match the tone of the retellings. Good for reading aloud or for telling, following the oral tradition of their origins, these retellings are less refined in style than Roger Green's Myths of the Norsemen, sounding more like folk tales than epic poetry. This fine version of the Norse myths belongs in any good folklore collection.