BOOK REVIEW: Myths and Legends – Thor: Viking God of Thunder

ThorOsprey Adventures are releasing a series of books all about myths and legends, and we took a trip to Asgard to explore the truth behind Thor, the God of thunder.

 

 

This series of books should appeal to both young readers and adults who want to find out the real stories and their origins. So far in the series they have Jason and Argonauts, King Arthur, The War of Horus and Set, Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St George, Hercules and of course this book Thor: Viking God of Thunder.

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.

The book is broken into 11 chapters that cover the original legends, Thor’s greatest adventures and right up to today’s Marvel movies. Each chapter is filled with glorious illustrations or paintings that show the various interpretations of Thor. Some of the illustrations are original for this book by artist Miguel Coimbra, who brings a consistent style to the thunder God. Special note must be made to the cover image, which completely brings to life Thor and his courage as he faces off against two Frost Giants.

Author Graeme Davis brings an easy reading style that gives enough to find out about the various legends, but not too much to feel like we are reading a study book. This will help for the younger readers. He manages to also bring in the surrounding characters from Norse mythology. Also included here is a chapter on Ragnarok, the final battle of the Gods, which was always my favourite tale from Norse mythology.

Some of the chapters focus on Thor’s most famous tales, like his obsession with the giants and his battles of the mind and strength to win. An interesting chapter looks at how Thor the God impacted other religions, which was fascinating to learn about.

Of course, there would be no Thor without his might hammer Mjolnir, and we get to find out some of the various origin stories here, including ones from the comics.

What is great about this book is that you can read it in one sitting or take your time and just keep going back to it. If the others are as good, then this is certainly a collection to have on your shelf.

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Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Montoya

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