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The Viking Spirit

An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion
Narrated by: Andrew Tell
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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The Viking Spirit is an introduction to Norse mythology like no other. As you’d expect from Daniel McCoy, the creator of the endearingly popular website "Norse Mythology for Smart People", it’s written to scholarly standards, but in a simple, clear, and entertaining style that’s easy to understand and a pleasure to listen to. It includes gripping retellings of no less than 34 epic Norse myths - more than any other book in the field - while also providing an equally comprehensive overview of the fascinating viking religion of which Norse mythology was a part. You’ll learn about the vikings’ gods and goddesses, their concept of fate, their views on the afterlife, their moral code, how they thought the universe was structured, how they practiced their religion, the role that magic played in their lives, and much more. With its inclusion of the latest groundbreaking research in the field, The Viking Spirit is the ultimate introduction to the timeless splendor of Norse mythology and religion for the 21st Century.

©2016 Daniel McCoy (P)2019 Daniel McCoy

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Read this book before more difficult sources

This covers far more than just the usual set of stories, and does so in a way that is accessible to the average listener, but probably not suitable for children. It points out a number of common misinterpretations and adaptions, and explores culture, magic and ways of thinking. There is also a website that has references to a large number of more in depth and difficult resources.

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  • Megan List
  • 03-12-2019

Christo-centric revisionist

"Due to his own religious preferences, and those of his audiences, Snorri presented the Norse religion as the groping attempt of his ancestors to make sense of the world, without the all-illuminating revelation that Christ had provided."

I want the history of the Viking peoples; not a Christianized minimization of a historical perspective as being inferior.

It's so jaded, I just have to say, "YUCK!"

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  • Dimitri
  • 26-08-2019

0 research went into performing a fantastic text

I’m not sure how anyone who is not interested in the source material could read all this, nor how anyone interested in it could permit themselves to so brutally massacre the pronunciations of even the simplest names or characters and places. The content is great - the reading, not so much.

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  • Thor Boode
  • 24-10-2019

Like having your emotions stirred by a bard.

put together very well, doesn't try to force an opinion on you let's you make your own decisions.

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  • Jay
  • 03-10-2019

Great book

Incredibly well researched and presented. The author really breaks down the surviving sources by legitimacy.

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  • P. D. N.
  • 26-01-2020

a good intro

the chapters on religion were very informative. my favorite part. but if you are looking for the myths and stories, these are very bare bones and academic. which is what the author states many times. just beware that going in, if you're more interested in the myths and stories you might want to try a different book.

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  • Kittim Moser
  • 05-11-2019

Good but could have been better

The 1st half of the book was really good, 2nd half was just the normal saga stories. I have numerous books with the sagas and was hoping for a in depth investigation into the old Norse religion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-2020

Amazing

This is absolutely the best Viking Norse book I have found yet. Great stories even better breakdowns.

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  • Raymond L.
  • 24-07-2020

Geat Factual Account of the Viking Life

If you're looking for a story like Vikings television or Thor and Loki comic characters this is not the book. this book is for those who want to understand the Vikings, their way of life, religion and beliefs. it's a great nonfiction book and good read.

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  • Jordan R Hinckley
  • 18-07-2020

great context for the stories of the Norse

fantastically researched, this book provides great context into the worldview of the Norse. The stories are not as engaging as others have them in the telling but do well enough to get the bones from which you can make your own broth.

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  • BT
  • 10-06-2020

Great read!

Wonderful insight into the Viking world, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about this mighty warrior class.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-2020

Good for every level of knowledge

Very informative. Couldn't think of a better tool if you're just starting to learn about Norse mythology, but also useful for someone much more informed. If you're the latter you may pick up on some of the stories missing out some details, but these are only ever insignificant details that can be easily forgiven by the wealth of insight provided.

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  • Aaah
  • 20-05-2020

A lively and thorough introduction to the subject

I absolutely loved this book. I have read a number of modern retellings of Norse myths and introductions to Norse religion, both from a historical and reconstructionist point of view, and this is by far my favourite. I particularly love how clear the author is about how different versions of the myths from different sources, or even from different manuscripts of the same source, contradict or support each other. Unlike many other similar books who only mention the issue in generic terms, this one gives specific examples. While I still prefer The Penguin Book of Norse Myth by Kevin Crossley-Holland as a more comprehensive anthology, this book is the one I will be referring people to as an introduction to the subject. The narrator does a cracking job, too. His version of the Lokasenna had me in stitches.

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  • Jake Harrison
  • 31-01-2020

Perfect

This is just what I've been looking for. The stories, the cultural background, details about the religion and ceremonies... the list goes on. This book really does have everything and is a fantastic foundation for anyone interested in the subject. :)

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  • Ваня Недева
  • 27-11-2019

Great book

Very well written book that makes it so easy to understand all connections. I have tried few books before I stumble upon this one. In the past I felt overwhelmed with information. This book is like Norse mythology for dummies but at the same time is written on high level so every intelligent person interested will appreciate. Love the fact that the narrator is male. Found couple of books with female narrator and even though the books were interested I kept getting irritated because they had female narrators.
Will gladly listen to it few times.