Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown
Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

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...following the book's twists and turns doesn't make for an easy read. Most readers will find themselves referring continually to the diagram supplied of Snorri's many relations and relationships...
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Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world—a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it… In Song of the Vikings, award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings Snorri Sturluson's story to life in a richly textured narrative that draws on newly available sources.

 

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Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly-praised books of nonfiction, including The Abacus and the Cross and The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman. She has studied Icelandic literature and culture since 1978. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine Research/Penn State, Brown lives in Vermont, where she keeps four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog. She blogs at nancymariebrown.blogspot.com.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 257 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on Jun 13 2014

"Snorri is the Homer of the North," says Brown in this wonderfully evocative biography, rich with Norse myths, told against the stark backdrop of Iceland in the middle ages...A remarkable insight into a lost world of magic and myth, best read with a flagon of golden mead – Odin and Snorri's favourite drink.

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Reviewed by Tom Shippey on Dec 13 2012

...following the book's twists and turns doesn't make for an easy read. Most readers will find themselves referring continually to the diagram supplied of Snorri's many relations and relationships...

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