From Asgard to Valhalla
The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
By (author) Heather O'Donoghue
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From Asgard to Valhalla by Heather O'Donoghue
Book DescriptionThis title tells from deep within Odin's cavernous halls: the stories of the Viking Gods.From Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of "Beowulf", from the warrior Valkyries to Tolkien's "Riders of Rohan" and from Wagner's "Gotterdammerung" to Marvel's "Mighty Thor", Norse mythology arguably offers something for everyone. "From Asgard to Valhalla" is unique in showing how these myths have impacted on and continue powerfully to resonate across the fields of literature, art, music and politics. In her sparkling new book, Heather O'Donoghue ranges from the high culture of "The Poetic Edda" and the Romantic sublime to popular manifestations of Norse mythology, such as the fantasy novels of Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones. Distinguishing the myths in their original form from a host of later accretions, the book tells the gripping story of how such strange and fragmentary material was seized and remodelled throughout the centuries: whether by the volkisch fantasies of the Third Reich or the modern-day cult appeal of Viking Metal.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845118297
(235mm x 161mm x 14mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Heather O'Donoghue
English Poetry and Old Norse Myth, Hardback (July 2014)
English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History traces the influence of Old Norse myth on poetry in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day, examining how bmajor and minor poets in English have reflected changing attitudes towards the pagan North.
Beowulf, Paperback (October 2008)
Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. This acclaimed translation is complemented by a critical introduction and substantial editorial apparatus.
Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative, Hardback (August 2005)
Presents a detailed reading of a series of sophisticated medieval narratives, the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas. This book shows how saga authors achieved a wide range of stylistic and psychological effects through the interplay of prose and verse: bringing history to life, and presenting fiction as if it were history.
Old Norse-Icelandic Literature, Hardback (December 2003)» View all books by Heather O'Donoghue
From runic inscriptions to sagas, this book introduces readers to the world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. It covers mythology and family sagas, as well as less well-known areas, such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse. It shows how a range of authors from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney have been influenced by this literature.
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Author Biography - Heather O'Donoghue
Heather O'Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse in the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College. Her books include The Genesis of a Saga Narrative (1991), Old Norse Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (2004) and Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of a Saga Narrative (2005).
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