Friday, 13 September 2013

FACTUAL REVIEW: Myths and Legends: Thor: The Viking God of Thunder by Graeme Davis

Release Date: 12/09/13
Publisher:  Osprey Adventures


In the stories of the ancient Vikings, Thor is a warrior without equal, who wields his mighty hammer in battles against trolls, giants, and dragons. He is the god of storms and thunder, who rides to war in a chariot pulled by goats, and who is fated to fall in battle with the Midgard Serpent during Ragnarok, the end of all things. This book collects the greatest myths and legends of the thunder god, while also explaining their historical context and their place in the greater Norse mythology. It also covers the history of Thor as a legendary figure, how he was viewed by different cultures from the Romans to the Nazis, and how he endures today as a popular heroic figure.


With all the interest in the Norse god since his recent film exploits, its always good to get to see the source material as well as having the tales explained to make sense to not only the modern reader but also gives you some solid factual information without th need for an info-dump. It’s well written, the method of bringing it over methodical and when added to a whole host of illustrations really make this a book that is one that’s going to be hard to beat. All round a great book and I really can’t wait to see what else Osprey will bring to the table.

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