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The Children of Odin

Padraic Colum

Book Overview: 

Master storyteller Padraic Colum's rich, musical voice captures all the magic and majesty of the Norse sagas in his re-tellings of the adventures of the gods and goddesses who lived in the Northern paradise of Asgard before the dawn of history. Here are the matchless tales of All-Father Odin, who crosses the Rainbow Bridge to walk among men in Midgard and sacrifices his right eye to drink from the Well of Wisdom; of Thor, whose mighty hammer defends Asgard; of Loki, whose mischievous cunning leads him to treachery against the gods; of giants, dragons, dwarfs and Valkyries; and of the terrible last battle that destroyed their world.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .At last Freya went back to their palace and waited and waited for Odur to return. But Odur did not come.[Pg 49]

One came to her. It was a Goddess, Odin's wife, the queenly Frigga. "You are waiting for Odur, your husband," Frigga said. "Ah, let me tell you Odur will not come to you here. He went, when for the sake of a shining thing you did what would make him unhappy. Odur has gone from Asgard and no one knows where to search for him."

"I will seek him outside of Asgard," Freya said. She wept no more, but she took the little child Hnossa and put her in Frigga's arms. Then she mounted her car that was drawn by two cats, and journeyed down from Asgard to Midgard, the Earth, to search for Odur her husband.

Year in and year out, and over all the Earth, Freya went searching and calling for the lost Odur. She went as far as the bounds of the Earth, where she could look over to Jötunheim, where dwelt the Giant who would have carried her off with . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Neither my favorite version of Norse Mythology nor my favorite of Colum's books, but a decent introduction to the major tropes and stories of the mythos for readers with slight familiarity with the topic (for absolute beginners the groundwork may be inadequate). Some stories were told oddly out of c

Formative first book of Norse mythology

The edition shown is by the same publisher as my copy, but it was published in 1962. My copy has my mother's name in the cover, with the date "Sept. 1930," when she was ten years old. Published 1920, reissued 1929. Illustrated by Willy Pogany

August 19, 2017: No

Simplified watered down versions of stories from the Eddas. This book seems to be aimed at a late elementary or jr. high school age reader. For that target audience this is a great introduction and would probably be the best thing you could buy if you were trying to picque a young persons interest i

The Children of Odin.
Colum, Padraic (1881-1972), 1920.

"Jeez, Grandpa, what'd you read me this for?"

A clear, straightforward retelling of 35 Norse stories about Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki and the other gods and goddesses who lived in Asgard before the dawn of history. Includes The Ring of the Niebelungs

While on vacation in Wisconsin, we happened upon a horse farm that specialized in Scandinavian horses. On a whim, we stopped in and learned all about the Gotland, Icelandic, Arland, and other varieties of Scandinavian horses. We also met Icelandic goats, chickens, and ducks. At any rate, the sign of

Why I liked it:
-It's a clear narration of the Norse myths. I love anything norse, so this book was meant to be a favorite of mine.
-It is neatly arranged into small chapters that focus on a certain event or a certain god/hero.
-Gorgeous illustrations and chapter headings.
-The language is easy to foll

პოეტური "უფროსი ედას" შემდეგ, პროზაულად დაწერილი ოდინის ამბებიც მშვენიერი იყო.
თარგმანიც კარგია და ის ხარვეზები რაც გამოცემას თან ახლავს, საერთოდ უმნიშვნელო მგონია, რადგან ამ გამომცემლობას ძალიან ბევრი საინტერესო ჩანაფიქრი აქვს როგორც ვიცი ეზოთერული ლიტერატურის თარგმნის ამბავში. ასე რო, წარმატებები.

الكتاب جداً ممتع، ومدخل مسلي لأساطير شعب الفايكنق والساكسون.
لوكي، ثور، فالهالا العظيمة: حرب نهاية العالم.
كلها تأتي بشكل متسلسل وممتع للقارئ العادي: أظنها قصدت للناشئة. لكن هذا مايمنع المتعة والفائدة "المرتبه" لمعرفة الآلهة وتراتيبها والأساطير المرتبطة بها.
وبالتالي خريطة مبدئية ومدخل ممتاز ومرتب لل

I was once reading this book on a plane. Looking out the window while thinking in the beautiful simple prose of Colum's recounting, I could easily imagine the Norse gods and heroes amongst the clouds.

I enjoyed this book,and ended up taking quite a few notes, but when it came down to it, I am not sure that I quite liked how this book was organized. The myths were fascinating, but I feel there may have been a way to arrange them that would make everything easier to follow.

That being said, there's

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