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Norse Mythology

By: Jackson Crawford, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Professor Crawford
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Thor, Odin, Loki, Freyja, the Valkyries, Valhalla, Ragnarok — many of the places we encounter these and other names, places, and events from Norse mythology in daily life and pop culture are connected to the medieval sources in name only.

Join Jackson Crawford, a translator of Old Norse, for a rousing introduction to the original stories, characters, and themes of Norse mythology in these 24 lectures. Packed with gods, anti-gods, magical figures, human heroes, religious practices, and literary devices, this course lays bare the reasons for our enduring fascination with these undeniably dramatic tales. It also connects the dots to Icelandic sagas of human heroes and to the culture and worldview of the Viking peoples.

You’ll spend time in the company of an incredible pantheon of characters, including Thor, who wasn’t necessarily the god of thunder we think of him as, and Freyja, commander of the Valkyries (more a job with special perks than a species of creatures). You’ll also enjoy spirited retellings of stories where the first members of humankind are molded by the gods from two pieces of driftwood; Odin travels to Hel to dig up a dead witch and interrogate her about what his son’s premonitions of his own death means; and multiple generations of a marshy district in Iceland must deal with the ravages of an “again-walker” (akin to a zombie).

With his expertise, Dr. Crawford will deepen your acquaintance with these sources, and leave you with plenty to remember in the eerie tales and timeless wisdom of the Norse gods and heroes.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Thorough and engaging

Jackson Crawford presents Norse Mythology in the most interesting and practical way. He explains things thoroughly and offers excellent resources for further study. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

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Amazing!

I did not want this to ever end. Such great information and the narration was like listening to a really long version of his YouTube channel. I could have listened forever. Loved it!

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Fascinating, but also very hard to follow at point

i love norse mythology and study of their gods. i found this account very detailed, but to to the broken nature of the norse history and the way their stories are told it can also be hard to follow or understand

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Superb

Being familiar with Crawford's work on YouTube, I was thrilled to discover that this was read by none other than the man himself, I love his down to earth grounded delivery, such that does in no way compromise the nature of the material.
Thank you for your work Dr Crawford.

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Pure joy

Another great norse telling from Jackson Crawford. Absolute gold. Thank you so much for putting this on audible

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Excellent Lecture Series

An excellent lecture series that is well worth listening to. Many misconceptions I held about the Norse tales and myths have been dispelled and my understanding of the culture and language is much more authentic after this series. If you want to know where we get the myths from then starting here is an excellent choice.

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Truly magnificent

What more can I say it’s Jackson Crawford. There is nothing more that needs to be said.

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read along with pdf

I love this book it is well read and I loved the PDF of comes with

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loved it!

After reading a book on Norse mythology and feeling like none of it stuck I came here looking for more structure learning some of the key names and stories. This audiobook definitely provided that. I am now inspired to pick up my own copy of the poetic eda to have a look myself.

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Interesting information but dull presentation

The author clearly knows Norse mythology very well, but I found the delivery very flat and boring. I strugged to get through this, despite it being a topic I really wanted to learn about. I found my mind would often drift off then I'd have to rewind the audio to hear what I missed. I felt like it sort of jumped around a bit too. I understand why the author compiled things how he did as topics, but I would have prefered things to unfold in more of a chronological order to help follow a timeline of events. I do note these are lectures, and that's exactly what it felt like, the stereotypical "lecture mode" that's not at all exciting or engaging, just someone speaking at you in a dull tone. I really expected to love this, but I didn't unfortunately.

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