LEGENDS OF THE NORTH by Olivia E. Coolidge


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A collection of hearty northern myths by the author of Greek Myths. Included are tales from the Elder and Younger Edda, the Volsunga Saga Saxo's History of Denmark, and Icelandic sages. The tales about Odin, Frigga, Thor, Loki, the Giants and Dwarfs will be familiar to young readers as well as the stories used by Wagner in the Ring operas, but there is also a great deal of material which may be entirely new,- particularly stories from the Icelandic sagas. Again we feel that as in Greek Myths the treatment of these violent, grisly old tales is essentially suited to older children. The approach is vividly dramatic and the style is vigorous, yet a hard-eyed interpretation of the stories cuts the gods down to sub-human size and plays down the open-eyed virility of the originals. However, the author tells a story well, catches the reader's attention with the first sentence, and presents a wide canvas of myth.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1951
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin