D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

Author: Ingri d’Aulaire, Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Date Published: 1967, 2005

Even though this is a children’s book, it still remains one of the most concise, true-to-spirit retellings of Eddic Norse Myths I’ve come across. With the exception of altering some things ostensibly not G-rated (such as the, ah, finer points of how Loki made Skadi laugh), it retains a remarkable amount of  integrity while attempting to create something of a linear narrative with the Norse stories. This is in contrast to some other retellings, which may lean heavily into Christian interpretations.

Cover of the d'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths. Odin rides his horse Sleipnir over a battle field.

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