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Thor: Viking God of Thunder (Myths and Legends series) [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Davis , Miguel Coimbra

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  • Länge: 80 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
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"If this book is any indication of the quality of this new series, readers are in for a treat. What makes Davis’ retelling of the Thor story so gratifying and edifying is his willingness to delve into this vast literature and exhume the prize nuggets. He squares them to history—on Odin as the father of Thor: 'this may be a later addition intended to bring Norse mythology into line with the classical Greek and Roman model' —as well as other literature. Thor emerges as an enthralling figure, brought out of the pagan world and stripped of his everyday importance as Christianity spread through Scandinavia. This is not to say that Davis avoids the great battles Thor has been said to have engaged in, from one with a woman who was revealed as the personification of old age to those against monsters of every ilk, and these make for rousing, intelligent reading. Illustrations include copious material from archives as well as dramatic, full-color paintings. As a vest-pocket history, this one likely won’t be beat anytime soon." (Mythology. 12 & up) --Kirkus, Starred Review

“Fifth in Osprey’s Myths and Legends series is a small volume packed with a big character: Thor. The Viking God of Thunder is no stranger to comic fans, but in this book Osprey looks at the history of the Norse god and his journey from religion to myth to icon. Once again Osprey delivers an informative and attractive book packed full of images, facts, stories and logical assumptions that round off a character that remains to this day a strong moral icon and a much reproduced legend. The Myths and Legends series remains a success; there is nothing to criticize in these quality productions and they would be a handy addition to any bookshelf.” --Elloise Hopkins,


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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 16316 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 80 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (17. September 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00F586MDQ
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #241.523 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great for teens and adults! 29. September 2013
Von parrotgirl - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
*I received this Ebook from Netgalley for my honest opinion.*

I really enjoyed this book primarily about Thor. It's written mainly as a informational, historical book about Thor with many cross overs with the other Norse gods. The author included numerous pictures, both modern and historical, to correspond with each story translated and told in straight forward English.

Overall it was an easy read, great for teens and adults to get a basic understanding of Norse mythology and Thor's place within it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fifty shades of Thor 25. März 2015
Von Anibal Madeira - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
No. This isn’t Thornography. It’s simply a reference to the multiple facets the god of Thunder has which the author presents with elegance.

Both the author and the illustrator are well known figures from the gaming world. Graeme Davis wrote one of the best GURPS supplements ever – GURPS Vikings; Miguel Coimbra is an extremely talented artist ever present in the gaming industry (both RPG’s and board games).

This team created a fine work which shows the multiple aspects of Thor, the hero, the god, the folklore character, the national hero and even the super-hero.

It analyses summarily with competence the sources for the Thor legends, including both the poetic and prose Edda, but also less known works such as Thorsdrapa.

The main legends are “chronologically” arranged so that the reader can experience Thor’s adventures in logical sequences and include his most famous achievements such as how Thor got Mjolnir, the illusions at Utgardaloki, Aegir’s feast (and all related adventures such as the fishing of Jormungand, the cauldron of Hymir and the Flyting of Loki against all the gods), the duel against the biggest of giants – Hrungnir, Thor as a “bride” of Thrym, the assassination attempt by Geirrod, the Flyting between Harbard and Thor and the final battle at Ragnarok. There is also a resume of other legends where Thor made an appearance.

The chapter Thor the god shows some rituals associated with Norse religion, sources for the temples and priesthood (although there wasn’t possibly “professional clergy”, there are clear references to priests who were local community leaders). The relations with Christianity and the progressive transformation of the god into a hero and folklore. The resurgence of Thor through the Romantic ideals of the 19th century and the nationalistic movements of the 20th century and finally to the well-loved comic book character (and also the silver screen hero).

The color plates by Miguel Coimbra include: Thor wrestling the old woman Elli in the hall of Utgardaloki; Thor battling Jormungand while fishing with Hyrm; the quite comical grumpy Thor disguising himself as bride to the giant Thrym; Harbard (probably Odin) and Thor's famous Flyting contest (in this plate the contestants should be far apart); The last fight between the Midgard serpent and Thor; In the hall of Aegir Thor threatens Loki after the latter offends all guests; and a magnificent double page plate where Thor battles three huge giants.

In this very good introduction to Thor you will also find a glossary, bibliography and internet resources where interested readers can analyze the sources in Old Norse and an English translation.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent History of Thor 7. Dezember 2013
Von Nicola Mansfield - Veröffentlicht auf
I really enjoyed this! I'm somewhat familiar with Norse Legends having read several collections over the years but knew nothing of the history of the worship and religion attached to the Vikings themselves. I found this very entertaining. The book is informational in content and starts out with historical information on Thor as a god of Viking religion and where the myths and legends we know today came from. Then the main part of the book is a retelling of those myths which concern Thor. They are not told in a storyteller's voice but keep to the main points while still managing to be entertaining. Throughout this section, blocks of text are highlighted to bring historical context, definitions of customs and words, etc. Finally the book ends with a look at Thor after the Vikings to modern day; his use as a legendary hero figure, his symbolisms confiscated by the Nazis and of course, the Marvel Superhero. Very informational and entertaining! I did however think that the illustrations by Coimbra, which are lovely, were superfluous, as there are plenty of images of artwork and relics from the ages; pictures of actual Viking stonework, children's book illustrations, etc. The book is unassuming in appearance, and brief but the text is somewhat academic and I'd say the intended audience is senior highschool if not even adult.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing new to learn here 7. Dezember 2013
Von fatcat - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Good book focused on Thor and his beginnings anf mythology. Nice pictures and stories, but does not take account of his recent resurgence; mentions the latest movies, but stops at Marvel comic and movies. Nothing about neo-Aegardian interests and understandably light on historical religious practices. Nothing new to learn here, worthy of Wargames Research and Osprey fluff.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Thor: The Viking God of Thunder by Graeme Davis 11. Februar 2014
Von Diane Lynch - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Thor: The Viking God of Thunder is an excellent read for all mythology lovers. It is also an easy to understand resource for Norse Mythology.

Whether you are a lover of mythology or in need of a reference book, Thor: The Viking God of Thunder, is a great book. Not only does it cover all things Thor, but it gives an overview of Norse mythology and history that are easy to comprehend.

Complimentary copy provided publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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