5 Books About Odin In Norse Mythology & Vikings

Odin Retellings

Odin is a God and the ruler of Asgard in Norse mythology. He is associated with healing, death, royalty, wisdom, battle, sorcery, poetry, and the runic alphabet. Also, he can predict the fate of all humans and see their past. For Vikings, Odin can send people to their death or give them an illness. Some people sacrifice to Odin and give him good promises and hope by this to gain insight into whether they can win a battle or not.

There is evidence that a group of people believed that Odin was the Viking God. There are artifacts out there, and the Vikings could have used that belief that religion, that energy into trading, exploring, and warriors. The Vikings were warriors. They were traders, and they were explorers. Many people believe that was God, meaning Odin was the God. If you want to read books on Odin, keep scrolling.

5 Books About Odin

If you are a Vikings lover or Marvel fan, you most commonly hear about Odin. However, Vikings and Marvel show Odin in different characters, but both of them show Odin as a brave and loveable God who fights for a good future. If you watch the Vikings series, you see that the Vikings show heartful respect and sacrifice for God Odin.

They believe that Odin only helps the Vikings and fight for them. But in Thor or Loki-based movies show, Odin is a kindful father and lord of Asgard. Many movies and books are available online and offline about the history of Odin. Now, I’m going to review the top 5 books about Odin. Let’s start!

1. The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths

This book shows Odin as a controversial character between Norse mythology and Viking gods. Odin is the father of the gods. He is the protector of the Nine Realms. In Norse mythology, he is the father of Thor and Loki. Loki has a series out, and he’s depicted as a likable character. That’s the way Marvel showcases him, to get people to watch, to get people to like him. But if you know anything about Loki, he is evil, demonic, and sick.

Odin had two wolves that guarded his tower. He also had a bird, an eagle, that gathered information. The eagle is universal. A universal bird that gathered information and brought it back to Odin. So one day, Odin sees the future and sees what is upon their destruction.

Odin sold out to get the wisdom so he could save a man from his sins. Then he sacrificed his right eye in a well. When you see the horror movies, Odin’s right eye is gone. It’s not because of war is because of a sacrifice. Get this book to learn more about Odin and his sons, daughters, and family story.

The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths

Author: Padraic Colum
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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2. Odd and the Frost Giants

This book is about a boy who lives in Norway back in the time of the Vikings. He stumbles on some bad luck and has a bad time with things. But then he goes on a grand adventure with some familiar characters from mythology. Thor is the Norse God of thunder and lightning, who rules the sky with his mighty hammer. He has been turned into a bear. The Frost Giants turned Thor into the furry beast and banished him from his throne in Asgard, along with the gods Odin.

For once, it seems the gods need a hero to save them. Would you believe that hero is a very odd 12-year-old boy with one broken leg? His name is Odd. It’s going to take a very special 12 years old to outwit the frost giants and restore peace to the city of the gods. The adventures, analogies, and illustrations are great. Everything about the mythology is on point and amazing. There’s some great storytelling that goes on inside.

Odd and the Frost Giants

Author: Neil Gaiman
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Children’s Norse Literature
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

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3. Norse Mythology

Norse mythology by the very famous Neil Gaiman came out in 2017. It is a collection of short stories about Norse mythology. This book was written in Icelandic, it’s called The Ayda, and it has both poetry and prose versions of these myths. The full text of them is public domain. Neil is made the Norse myths quite a bit funnier, and he’s also made them far more relatable to current modern readers.

The book starts with a fairly lengthy 15 pages introduction about Neil Gaiman’s interest in Norse mythology and his writing experience. Then, he goes on, taking his time to set up this book. He provides a list of all of the characters and a brief bio. Also, he takes his time providing a tour of the Norse worlds, including the nine worlds of Ying-Jeou and Odin.

The first story is Treasure of the Gods, and Loki is delightfully mischievous. They’re about pretty exciting things. One of them was the origin of poetry, the origin of earthquakes, the shape of salmon. The author did something special with how much personality and life he brought to the Norse gods. After going through the era, you see the germ of personality and tendencies for the gods in that. The gods in Norse mythology are very fickle, and they have fights with each other and throw parties.

The story hinges on three characters. It hinges on Odin, Thor, and Loki. Odin sacrificed himself to gain wisdom. It’s not omnipotent wisdom, but he’s very wise. If you watch a lot of Marvel movies, you’ll be familiar with the characters of Thor and Loki.

Loki was the most exciting character. He’s a villain, but he’s not like the cackling supervillain that you see in the Marvel movies for most of the book. The book starts very light and comical. Then, as time goes on, as you go through the different stories, things become a bit darker, culminating in Ragnarok, the final destiny of the gods.

Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy (Editors’ pick)
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

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4. The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

This is the first book and the Gods of Asgard series in 2015. Disney Hyperion published this book, and it comes in at under 500 pages. It follows a character named Magnus Chase, living in Boston. He’s homeless at the beginning of the book. On his 16th birthday, he finds out that he is somehow related to the Norse gods like Odin and has to deal with all their drama and the world coming to an end and saving the world. That’s a Marvel characterization of Thor.

It was fantastic to see how the gods were portrayed and these gods’ different powers. So this book will get a lot more people reading Norse myth and learning about that stuff. Magnus is slightly different from how Percy did, and Carter appeared in The Kane Chronicles. It is a little bit confusing in the beginning because most of us have not heard about Norse gods. The epilogue of this book is crazy good. If you love mythology, you love reading about dwarves, elves and giants, and all these fantasy creatures. I highly recommend this book.

The Sword of Summer

Author: Rick Riordan
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Norse Fairy Tales, Mythology
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5. Runemarks

This novel delves more into the mythology in high fantasy instead of urban. So it would be in a medieval-type time frame. Runemarks is considering you already know a good deal about Odin, Thor, and Loki.

It leads to basically what you would see the gods do. Which is bigger argue made evil plots and twists destress one of them, another may conflict. It’s so funny is throughout the book. You see it come to the point of such chaos that they come together and become a family of their own. It’s brilliantly done this way and intimately woven with this clever plot with a surprising twist that will not reveal. It’s funny because Odin is mentioned as one eye.

Runemarks

Author: Joanne M Harris
Average Customer Review: (4.2 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Norse & Viking Myth & Legend
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Pauline Jackson

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