author: Graeme Davis
average rating: 4.00
book published: 2013
read at: 2013/10/31
date added: 2013/10/31
This is a really good overview and introduction to all things Thor. From where the original stories and poems can be found to adaptations of the major stories, to how the god of thunder has lasted all these years. It's a quick read, but packed with detail and great illustrations.
The Thor stories that have survived show how he got his hammer. How he is really strong. How he is constantly vexed by his half-brother Loki. And how he likes to fight giants. Actually, Thor loves to fight giants, and he's really good at it. Besides being a heroic figure, there are comic stories where Thor is humiliated or has to dress up like a bride to try to recover his hammer. The name of Thor is featured in place names and used to name powerful things like rockets. The hammer of Thor has survived as a symbol also.
It's all interesting and there is a short bibliography. Thor's current role in comics and movies is included and shows that a lot of the myth elements have made it into the modern era. I'm not sure I'd want to read translations of the poetry about Thor, so this was just my speed.
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