Norse mythology is the main constituent of old folklore practiced in Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark), branching from paganism and continuing long after Christianity was introduced. Books on Norse mythology include stories and characters from several sources, archaeological evidence, medieval narratives, and folk practices from before and after the end of the pagan era. The divine beings in Norse Mythology include Odin, Thor, Loki, Freya, Skaoi, Njoror, and many more. Norse and Greek mythology books awe-inspiring author Todd Zucker has presented his readers with the best books to learn about the myths and mystical facts about Norse and Greek history and their gods. ‘The Heir of Atlantis’ and ‘Sentinels of Atlantis: Adventures from the Lost Continent’ is an incredible collection of Norse mythology and Greek Mythology books series that will undoubtedly make your imagination take flight and keep you at the edge of your seat!
Intricacies in Norse Mythology
Norse Mythology divinities were solely animistic (the acknowledgment of a soul to fauna, flora, and lifeless objects) and polytheistic (worshiping numerous Gods). And pantheistic (the belief that the entire universe is an exhibition of the deities). This kept a recurring view of time. Like many other religions and beliefs, this mythology also comprises explicit myths and legends about how the universe and humanity were created, along with detailed explanations of divine figures, weather systems, and all-natural phenomena.
Most mythologies that have lived on in the current time focus on the dilemma of gods and folk tales that centers their world. Norse mythology includes nine worlds grounded on a central cosmological tree called Yggdrasil. All beings live in these nine circles – the great Viking Gods dwell in the divine realm of Asgard, humanity lives in Midgard, and the other beings (elves, dwarves, and giants) reside in other worlds. Traveling between these worlds was common in legends and myths, where humans, gods, and other beings would interact directly. Author Todd Zucker’s Atlantis books trilogy has introduced many Greek and Norse gods in his fantasy Sci-Fi book series, which follows epic combats between gods and giants and romance stories between humans and gods (and occasionally even dwarves). So, prepare to embark on a journey with Marine Sergeant Jake Anderson, who must learn to work and coordinate with his teammates—the Olympians of Atlantis—to protect their home from an ancient evil. The must-read books about Atlantis will keep you engaged until the very end!
The Main Norse Gods in Norse Mythology Books
Odin (Woden, Wotan)
Odin was the main god, the chief of all magic, wisdom, and poetry. He was the guardian of spirited noblemen in wars and the sold god of the murdered. Odin was sightless from one eye, so he wore a golden breastplate and headdress, carried a magic spear, and rode a speedy, eight-legged horse called Sleipnir. His shoulders were perched by two main ravens, Munin and Hugin (memory and thought), hovered all through the world and informed every detail to him each night.
Frigga was Odin’s only wife, who was very kind and prudent. She sheltered brave soldiers whom Odin abandoned. Both Odin and Frigga had many extramarital sexual encounters.
Thor is popularly known as the lord of thunder, a great deity, righteous but petrifying to his rivals. His mission was to protect peasant soldiers, and he possessed a powerful belt that enhanced his core strength, iron gloves, and a mystic hammer, Mjölnir, which perfectly aimed and struck its prey and would return to Thor’s hand.
Balder is the son of the deities Odin and Frigga. So naturally, he was expressly loved and favored by almost every presence in the world. But unfortunately, he was among the first gods to suffer death at the hands of Loki, who murdered him through a treacherous act.
He supervised all the public gatherings, legal problems, and combats. His hand was completely bitten by a wolf named Fenrir, a deadly rival of the gods.
Frey was the sole god of fertility and vegetation. Freya, his sister, was the goddess of beauty and love.
Heimdall was the supreme watchman of the gods, positioned on the rainbow bridge named Bifrost, the passage that led to Asgard. His duty was to blow the trumpet when doomsday arrived.
Loki is known as the God of mischief. He was the son of a Giant and was allowed in Asgard. His acts were full of cunning, and he always acted with malice; he committed many mischiefs until the gods confined him in a cave with a poisonous serpent that would torment him.
She was a mighty goddess of the netherworld, and half side of her face had human features while the remaining half was utterly blank. She was the ruler of the dead.