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North myth

If you know good site about North myth, could you please recommend me?

I really like that but a bit hard to find it.

I'm a foreigner so if it's a bit childish, it also fine.

Thanks in advance!

Aug 21, 2016 6:21 PM
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Interesting to hear that you are interested in 'Northern mythology' or 'Nordic traditional religion' as I prefer to call it. I happen to be an expert in this field as well. I studied Germanic philology and etymology on my own, and eventually I also developed an interest in culture. There are still adherents of the Nordic traditional religion... It is called Ásatrú nowadays. I know a lot about this as well.... Some of my friends and family practise Ásatrú. You can ask me anything you like about it... Any question you like to ask is more than welcome. BTW, I teach the pronunciation and grammar of ancient Germanic languages (such as Gothic and Old Norse) for free while I want to exchange views with language enthusiasts about these ancient languages. I never stop learning myself, so I enjoy questions.
October 4, 2016

If we can expand our discussion to include myths and fairy tales in general, I would suggest taking a look at two books by Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, and Tanglewood Tales. Hawthorne was an important U.S. writer of the 1800s, best known as the author of The Scarlet Letter. These two books are collections of stories. They are very skillful, well-written, re-tellings of Greek myths. 

You probably know the story of King Midas, whose touch turned everything to gold. Here is a bit of Hawthorne's re-telling:

...he lifted a spoonful of coffee to his lips, and, sipping it, was astonished to perceive that, the instant his lips touched the liquid, it became molten gold, and, the next moment, hardened into a lump!

"Ha!" exclaimed Midas, rather aghast.

He took one of the nice little trouts on his plate, and, by way of experiment, touched its tail with his finger. To his horror, it was immediately transmuted from an admirably fried brook-trout into a gold-fish, though not one of those gold-fishes which people often keep in glass globes, as ornaments for the parlor. No; but it was really a metallic fish, and looked as if it had been very cunningly made by the nicest goldsmith in the world. Its little bones were now golden wires; its fins and tail were thin plates of gold; and there were the marks of the fork in it, and all the delicate, frothy appearance of a nicely fried fish, exactly imitated in metal. A very pretty piece of work, as you may suppose; only King Midas, just at that moment, would much rather have had a real trout in his dish than this elaborate and valuable imitation of one.

"I don't quite see," thought he to himself, "how I am to get any breakfast."

August 23, 2016
Ah! I should search "Norse myths" then.

Thank you so much Dan. I am really interested in that.
I also like the book "How to train your dragon."
It's for childeren but very interesting.
So, I'd like to try "The Children of Odin"

Thanks! They are really helpful.
August 21, 2016

If you mean Thor, Odin, Freya, Loki, the Aesir and the Vanir, the Rainbow Bridge, and Ragnarök, the Twilight of the Gods... these are known as the Norse myths and you will have better luck searching for "Norse myths" or "Norse gods."

I wish I could remember the book I loved when I was nine or ten years old. I think it was by Padraic Colum, but I'm just not sure. Padraic Colum's retellings of Norse myths is called "The Children of Odin."

I also loved a book of Norwegian (not Norse) fairy tales called "East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon," by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe.

And if you just like fairy tales, I've always loved "The King of the Golden Mountain," by John Ruskin.

August 21, 2016

Hello Dan, nice to meet you!

Hawthorne's books are very famous in Korea, too.

I'm not really sure but many Korean children read his Greek myth when they are young.

Unfortunately, in Korean but not in English  Lol

I'm really interested in those myth and history.

If you don't mind, I'd like to discuss some more about that.

I saw your entry on your site,  I'd like to send a message but it doesn't work.

I'm stranger here, so I don't know a lot about functions of this site :/

If you don't mind, I'd like get a chance to talk with you.

Thanks for the great recommendations!


August 23, 2016
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