Ta-da! I have another new book out. The title is simply Norse Mythology. It is part of Lucent Books, Mythology and Culture Worldwide series. This one is a work-for-hire title. Jennifer explained that term in a previous blog, and we mention it briefly in our workbook, WRITE A MARKETABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK IN 7 WEEKS.
The tales of Odin, Thor, Freya, and the other Norse gods are often associated with the Vikings, the fearsome sea raiders that plundered coastal settlements throughout Europe and even North America during the ninth through twelfth centuries A.D. But the mythology of the Norse existed long before the Vikings ruled the seas. Some scholars believe it may go back as far as the Scandinavian Bronze Age, which lasted for over a thousand years between 1600 and 450 B.C.
And it’s surprising how much Norse mythology and culture have influenced our own customs, language, literature, and laws. In fact, our word law comes from an Old Norse word. Many English words, such as husband, sky, anger, low, window, take, ugly, die, beer, anchor, and happy, have Scandinavian origins too. Trolls, ogres, gnomes, elves, and dwarves—common in the mythology of northern Europe—have long been a part of our own fairy tale heritage. Writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were heavily influenced by the Norse myths. The award-winning novel, American Gods, written by Neil Gaiman, features modern personifications of Balder, Odin and Loki. The book is being adapted for an HBO television series.
What’s your favorite novel or children’s book based on mythological characters?