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The Viking Spirit

An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion
Narrated by: Andrew Tell
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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The Viking Spirit is an introduction to Norse mythology like no other. As you’d expect from Daniel McCoy, the creator of the endearingly popular website "Norse Mythology for Smart People", it’s written to scholarly standards, but in a simple, clear, and entertaining style that’s easy to understand and a pleasure to listen to. It includes gripping retellings of no less than 34 epic Norse myths - more than any other book in the field - while also providing an equally comprehensive overview of the fascinating viking religion of which Norse mythology was a part. You’ll learn about the vikings’ gods and goddesses, their concept of fate, their views on the afterlife, their moral code, how they thought the universe was structured, how they practiced their religion, the role that magic played in their lives, and much more. With its inclusion of the latest groundbreaking research in the field, The Viking Spirit is the ultimate introduction to the timeless splendor of Norse mythology and religion for the 21st Century.

©2016 Daniel McCoy (P)2019 Daniel McCoy

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0 research went into performing a fantastic text

I’m not sure how anyone who is not interested in the source material could read all this, nor how anyone interested in it could permit themselves to so brutally massacre the pronunciations of even the simplest names or characters and places. The content is great - the reading, not so much.

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Like having your emotions stirred by a bard.

put together very well, doesn't try to force an opinion on you let's you make your own decisions.

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Great book

Incredibly well researched and presented. The author really breaks down the surviving sources by legitimacy.

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Christo-centric revisionist

"Due to his own religious preferences, and those of his audiences, Snorri presented the Norse religion as the groping attempt of his ancestors to make sense of the world, without the all-illuminating revelation that Christ had provided."

I want the history of the Viking peoples; not a Christianized minimization of a historical perspective as being inferior.

It's so jaded, I just have to say, "YUCK!"

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Good but could have been better

The 1st half of the book was really good, 2nd half was just the normal saga stories. I have numerous books with the sagas and was hoping for a in depth investigation into the old Norse religion.

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  • Vanya Nedeva
  • 11-27-19

Great book

Very well written book that makes it so easy to understand all connections. I have tried few books before I stumble upon this one. In the past I felt overwhelmed with information. This book is like Norse mythology for dummies but at the same time is written on high level so every intelligent person interested will appreciate. Love the fact that the narrator is male. Found couple of books with female narrator and even though the books were interested I kept getting irritated because they had female narrators.
Will gladly listen to it few times.

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  • Thomas
  • 10-08-19

Read this book before more difficult sources

This covers far more than just the usual set of stories, and does so in a way that is accessible to the average listener, but probably not suitable for children. It points out a number of common misinterpretations and adaptions, and explores culture, magic and ways of thinking. There is also a website that has references to a large number of more in depth and difficult resources.

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