What are the best novels based on norse mythology?

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    #1The Poetic Edda

    The Poetic Edda

    Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse anonymous poems containing mythic and spiritual verses focusing on Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. J. R. R. Tolkien reportedly used concepts from the Eddas to write his novel, The Hobbit.

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    Guillermo Mata
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Not the easiest read out there but a fantastic one none the less. Very well written and has great inspirations towards other works and books."
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    #2Odd and the Frost Giants

    Odd and the Frost Giants
    Odd's luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they're actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods...Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods? With Neil Gaiman's wit and style, this story transcends the everyday and becomes a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.
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    Rose Fernandez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "To lose a father is a bad and hurtful feeling so reading this book is sad and interesting. To know the boy did whatever it took to get past that and become stronger is great."
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    #3Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

    Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
    Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by one of the most notable storytellers in the publications, Edith Hamilton gives another breakthrough as she unfolds the fable and fantasy behind the Western culture of Greek gods and heroes.
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    Julia Castillo
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A very interesting and informative book that gives me great insight into some of the mythological gods and heroes. A well written book that delves into the facts vs. fiction about these gods and heroes. Good reading format and not dry."
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    #4The Broken Sword

    The Broken Sword
    Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling who has taken his place in the world of men.
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    Henry Lawrence
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "One of the best novels that satisfied my craving for Norse mythology as I was browsing around. Broken Sword is filled with plenty of tales of evil gods plotting for something, a war between two races, a sword that is all powerful but broken but needed to be whole again, and a destiny of a child to save the world but only filled with tragedy. Although the ending was a bit off, it truly leave you questioning what happens after. Would highly recommend it."
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    #5Loki

    Loki
    God of Mischief. Father of Lies. Harbinger of Destruction. Exiled and tortured by the gods, Loki swears vengeance. He will summon the mighty Fenris Wolf and the legendary Midgard Serpent, and they will lead an army of giants and all the dead in Niflheim. Brimming with the power of the most destructive being in the Nine Worlds, he will not rest till Asgard is in ashes and all the gods are dead under his heel.
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    Gary Shaw
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I LOVE Norse mythology. My favorite novel right now based on Nose mythology is Loki. Loki is the God of MIschief. He's one of my favorite Gods in Norse mythology. This novel is based on him and his backstory in that mythology. It's incredibly fascinating and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Loki and Norse Mythology."
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    #6The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun is a fantasy novel written by famous fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings. It was posthumously published in 2009 by his son, Christopher.

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    Phillip Miller
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun is an original set of stories by J.R.R. Tolkien. Certainly not epics by any means but they are still enlightening nonetheless . Keep in mind that the commentaries sometimes drag it out a little too far at times."
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    #7The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths

    The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths

    The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths is a collection of Norse saga authored by Padraic Colum. First published in 1920, it focuses on the adventure of Odin All-Father, Thor the god of thunder, and Loki, the god of mischief.

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    Lori Hamilton
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you are okay with reading something from the 20s and you are very interested in Norse myths (these were both the case for me) then this book might actually be really nice for you to have in paperback. If you can't get into things written during that time period because of the language or you're not that curious about the myths then just maybe just watch Vikings or find a more simple book."
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    #8Giants of the Frost

    Giants of the Frost
    From the author of "The Autumn Castle" comes a dark tale of immortal love and loss that brings together Norse gods and mortals. Original.
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    Rose Barnes
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Giants of the Frost is a great book that spans different worlds and time. It has a gothic feel to it but also rings in the Norse mythology element. It is set on a mythical Norse island and is a tale of love and loss. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance with a twist of mythology. I couldn't put it down."
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    #9Ice Land

    Ice Land
    Ice Land is a fantasy novel written by Besty Tobin. Set in Iceland in 1000 AD, the story recounts the story of the Norse goddess Freya and her journey to save her people from impending doom. It was first published in 2007.
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    Jerry Lee
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love anything that has to do with mythology and I love finding books about it. I came across Ice Land and thought it sounded really good. It's a fantasy set in 1000 AD of Norse and her trip to try and save people. It was really good and I really enjoyed it. If you are looking for a great fantasy, mythology book that is about Norse mythology then this is the right one for you. "
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    #10Norse Mythology

    Norse Mythology

    Norse Mythology is a standalone fiction novel written by Neil Gaiman which retells the various myths from the Norse Mythology in a prehistoric time. 

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    Donald Franklin
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "As someone who has actually read the Poetic Edda I was thoroughly disgusted by this 'translation'. The author takes so many liberties by adding his own garbage and changing things around to suit his book. I can't stand it when people steal from the Norse stories and can't even be decent enough to stick to the story. This has been going on a lot lately and it puts the Nordic people in a bad light (depending on how the sagas are changed around). This is an awful book."
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    #11Egil's Saga

    Egil's Saga
    Egil's Saga is a classic mythology fiction book written by an anonymous author. This history book is about a warrior named Egil Skallagrimsson. It is first published in 1240 and Penguin Classic reprinted it in 2004. 
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    Denise Mitchell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Norse mythology has been a popular topic for stories of all kinds. Egil's saga is one of many of such books."
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    #12The Sagas of Icelanders

    The Sagas of Icelanders
    The Sagas of Icelanders is a classic non-fiction mythology book written by Jane Smiley. This historical book is set in Saga Age or Vikings Age. It is first published in 1200 and reproduced by Penguin Books. 
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    Aaron Alexander
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Sagas of Icelanders is an excellent novel based on norse mythology, written in 1200 by Jane Smiley, and set in the Viking Age."
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    #13The Saga of the Volsungs

    The Saga of the Volsungs
    The Saga of the Volsungs is a classic fantasy poetry book written by an anonymous author. This historical medieval book is about a dragon slayer Sigurd. It is first published in 1290 and Penguin Classics reproduced copies in 1999. 
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    Ethan McDonald
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I wasn't familiar with the Saga of the Volsungs when I bought this book, recommended by a friend. I had read the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda and enjoyed their great scope and sweep. Here the focus is on one family and its victories, tragedies, betrayals, and revenges. While I was not as enthralled by its story as I was by the Eddas, I've realized since I read it that it brings down to a human scale the mythology and cultural morality I am studying. I am still confused by the ethics and morality of the tale and its time--a good thing; 21st Century people have to reach across more than a dozen centuries to understand these works, written without any knowledge of Christianity."
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    #14Eaters of the Dead

    Eaters of the Dead

    It is the year 922 AD. The Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is in a party of Viking warriors back home. He's appalled with their culture, but when he arrives at the cold of the Viking lands, finds himself in a combat against the terrors of the night. 

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    Sara Pineda
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book looks quite interesting. Reminds me of a zombie story. I'm not sure I would read it, but it does have very good reviews. "
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    #15The Norse Myths (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

    The Norse Myths (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

    The Norse Myths is a compilation of legends and folktales edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland. The Norse Myths was published in 1981by Pantheon Books. It is part of The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library.

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    Amanda James
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The most relatable characters ever. I'm definitely an Odin!"
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    #16Athena the Proud

    Athena the Proud

    Athena the Proud is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2014 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Athena. Athena the Proud is the 13th book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Justin Kim
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This has nothing to do with norse mythology, but I would have known that if I had paid any attention to what I was ordering. It was alright I guess, good for late elementary readers, but I can't rate it highly because of the category."

Summary

Best What are the best novels based on norse mythology
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Poetic EddaBooks 29 Paid
2Odd and the Frost GiantsBooks 27 Paid
3Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and HeroesBooks 24 Paid
4The Broken SwordBooks 23 Paid
5LokiBooks 23 Paid
6The Legend of Sigurd and GudrunBooks 21 Paid
7The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern MythsBooks 19 Paid
8Giants of the FrostBooks 19 Paid
9Ice LandBooks 17 Paid
10Norse MythologyBooks 16 Paid
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