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The Children of Odin: The Book of
Northern Myths by
Padraic Colum, illustrations by Willy Pogany. A collection of Norse myths and legends, featuring gods such as Odin and
Thor, as retold by Padraic Colum.
Before time as we know it began, gods and goddesses
lived in the city of Asgard. Odin All Father crossed the
Rainbow Bridge to walk among men in Midgard. Thor
defended Asgard with his mighty hammer. Mischievous Loki
was constantly getting into trouble with the other gods,
and dragons and giants walked free. This collection of
Norse sagas retold by author Padraic Colum gives us a
sense of that magical time when the world was filled
with powers and wonders we can hardly imagine.
Paper, 288 pages. Ages 10-14.
Growing Up in Viking Times
(Troll) - Discusses aspects of Viking life including the operation of their
farms, the education of their children, their religious beliefs, the superb
ships which allowed them to explore the Atlantic Ocean and more.
Ages: 8-10. Paper.
This Viking Settlement (Usborne) - You need only glue, scissors and a
craft knife to turn this book into a model of a 9th century Viking settlement.
The model is historically accurate and consists of 16 houses, all crammed with
detail, and two trading ships, one of which is under construction to show the
Viking method of boat-building. There are also many cut-out figures including
merchants, traders and townspeople, to help you create scenes of everyday life
in this riverside settlement.
The completed model measures 24"x18" along the base and is compatible with OO/HO
scale to complement figures bought from model shops.
Out of print.
Sword Song by
is a swashbuckling story of a young Viking swordsman banished from his home for
a murder he didn't intend to commit. Sixteen-year-old Bjarni Sigurdson is
banished from his settlement for five years, so he hires himself out as a
swordsman. He finds adventure during his travels as he proves his worth.
The story starts out in Rafnglas, a Viking settlement in part of present-day
England. When Bjarni becomes a swordsman-for-hire, he first heads out to Dublin,
then attaches himself to various Viking leaders whose raids take him to various
locales in the islands west of Scotland.
Bjarniís adventures and near-fatal sea fights make him a man, and he returns to
Rafnglas after five years, with a bride, ready for his land-take.
Fiction. Paper, 288 pages, 7.66"x5.26"x.69" Ages 10+. (Written in 1992,
published posthumously). Time frame: Middle Ages.
Sutcliff 's careful handling of how a young man, influenced by
hero-worship and the force of custom, deals with the difficult choices that lead
to maturity is nothing short of masterly. An unexpected and most welcome gift.
- The Horn Book
Out of print.
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