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Mythothon Round 2: Norse Suggestions

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If you’re interested in joining me for #mythothon2 and haven’t checked out the announcement, all the details about the prompts and prizes are in this post.

For this readathon, the books you choose DO NOT need to be mythology related to count, they just need to fit the prompt. I wanted to keep #mythothon2 as accessible – and fun — as possible, so I didn’t want to make reading a lot of similar or heavy books a must. 

However, I know a lot of you might want to go that extra mile and use as many books inspired by actual Norse mythology as possible. I’ve read very few Norse retellings myself so this is by no means a comprehensive list, but largely suggestions of books I’ve heard good things so you can explore. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments, and remember to post your TBRs so we can all cheer each other on when the readathon starts on September 1st.

 

 

Classic Texts

The Saga of the Volsungs

The Poetic Edda

Njal’s Saga

 

 

Norse Myths

These are pretty straightforward retellings of the original myths (although each author obviously has their own writing style) or Non-Fiction books exploring the origins of the mythology.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire

From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
by Heather O’Donoghue

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by Hilda Roderick & Ellis Davidson

Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Colum

The Norse Myths: A Guide to Viking and Scandinavian Gods and Heroes
by Carolyne Larrington

The Sagas of Icelanders by Jane Smiley

 

 

Retellings

 

(When there’s a series, I’ve listed the first book only, unless only the later book is Norse related)

 

Historical Retellings

Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Runemarks (Runemarks #1) by Joanne Harris (can be read as a follow up to her Loki books or alone).

The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls #1) by Nancy Farmer

The Swan Road by Angeline Hawkes

Wolfsangel by M.D. Lachlan

 

 

Contemporary Retellings

I’m being very relaxed about what counts as contemporary. Basically anything not set  during the Viking-era.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

Freya by Matthew Laurence

Giants of the Frost (Europa #2) by Kim Wilkins

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee (Forthcoming September 3)

Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages #1) by K.L. Armstrong

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Search for Senna (Everworld, #1) by Katherine Applegate

Secrets of Valhalla (Secrets of Valhalla #1) by Jasmine Richards

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dirk Gently #2) by Douglas Adams

The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard, #1) by Tessa Gratton

The Sleeping Army (Mortal Gods #1) by Francesca Simon

 

 

Re-imaginings and Norse-Inspired

These are stories featuring some characters or elements from Norse mythology woven into the story, but which are much more loosely related e.g. Urban Fantasy, Paranormal etc. I’ve also included books which are Viking-inspired but might not contain any mythological elements.

All the Windwracked Stars (The Edda of Burdens, #1) by Elizabeth Bear

Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1) by Amanda Hocking

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Bloodtide (Blood, #1) by Melvin Burgess

Broods of Fenrir (Broods of Fenrir, #1) by Coral Moore

Elsker (The Elsker Saga #1) by S.T. Bende

Fade (The Ragnarök Prophesies #1) by A.K. Morgen

Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1) by Amalia Dillin

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon #1) by Cressida Cowell

Runes (Runes #1) by Ednah Walters

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

The Fetch (The Runestone Saga, #1) by Chris Humphreys

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Navigator’s Touch (The Seafarer’s Kiss #2) by Julia Ember

The Viking’s Chosen (Clan Hakon #1) by Quinn Loftis

The Yelling Stones (The Stones of Winter #1) by Oskar Jensen

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep

Valkyrie Rising (Valkyrie, #1) by Ingrid Paulson

Viking Academy (Viking Academy #1) by S.T. Bende

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

8 thoughts on “Mythothon Round 2: Norse Suggestions”

  1. Ahh I had no idea the mythothon existed, but now I do! And wow, this is an extremely thorough list! I added a lot of these books to my TBR, which is always a good thing. 🙂 Odd and the Frost Giants looks especially interesting, though I might just be saying that because Neil Gaiman wrote it lol. I love the TV show Good Omens so I’ve been adding many things written by him to my TBR!

    Thank you so much for the list again! Happy reading. ❤️

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    1. Thanks! I was surprised by how many I was able to find without really having to dig too deep. There’s far more than I’d thought at first!
      I really liked American Gods by Gaiman, but it’s a much more adult novel. I’ve not tried Odd, but it does sound interesting. Enjoy it! 😊

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  2. Wow, that’s a lot more books than I realized! I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I just never sat down to make a list of the Norse-mythology-inspired books. Very cool! And I’d forgotten about the Mythos Academy series. I read the first few of those, but had forgotten the mythology connection. (Silly of me, I know.)

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    1. Yeah, I was surprised too! There’s a lot fewer “proper” retellings than when we did Greek mythology, but loads that seem pretty heavily inspired by.

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      1. I’ll have to look into some of the “proper” Greek myth retellings, too. I can think of a few, but not many of those either. However, since more people here know the Greek myths (and have for longer) I’m not surprised that there are more of them.

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  3. Hallo, Hallo Louise!

    As I was watching #HowToTrainYourDragon trilogy recently it wasn’t lost on me that I was seeing it a month too soon! However without ILL services taken away right now – it was either enjoy it whilst I had it or put it off for “time unknown” into the future! I ILL’d the first two and borrowed the third locally – it was a lovely binge on the series but also, it helped me revisit a lot of the scenes I had forgotten — especially in part II as I misplaced a LOT of the scenes with Hiccup’s Mum! The third one truly was a tearjerker — I might write-up something about this for #Mythothon as it was a lovely and fitting ‘end’ to a trilogy I dearly loved!!

    Unsure if I could ever read the books though!

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    1. I loved the movie! I think I’ve seen the second one too, but it’s a bit blurry in my head. I’ve watched the first episode of the show as well.
      Now you’ve mentioned it I’m really tempted to watch them all next month if I can! Maybe we should arrange a group watch! 😂

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