We started a new topic this month – Norse mythology. Every year, we cover a different cultural mythology (including Hindu deities, Roman gods, and Greek gods). This year our choice of mythologies was easy to decide on. We chose Norse mythology to coincide with the new Rick Riordan book, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer.
There are lots of Norse myths to read, and many books that have retold those myths. The kids aren’t quite old enough to read the original Poetic and Prose Eddas, so I found a couple of books to use from the library. There are many options out there, but I chose Favorite Norse Myths as retold by Mary Pope Osborne, because I recognized the author. The myths in this book range from the creation of the nine worlds to a very tame version of Ragnorak. There is even an index explaining who all the main characters are at the end.
For more information on the occupants of the Nine Worlds, we picked up A Handbook of Norse Mythology by John Lindow. There’s a bit of introduction to the Norse themes, especially of time and space, but the majority of the book is devoted to explaining everyone from Aegir to Yngvi. Between these two books, we’ve had plenty of reading to do.
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