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The Viking Spirit

An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion
Written by: Daniel McCoy
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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very entertaining!

Andrew Tell is enjoying himself here. you can tell that he's having fun reading these stories out. if you enjoy mythology, you'll enjoy this edition.

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  • Megan List
  • 2019-12-03

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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  • Thor Boode
  • 2019-10-24

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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  • Jay
  • 2019-10-03

Great book

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

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  • Dimitri
  • 2019-08-26

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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  • Erin O'Neal
  • 2020-04-08

A Great Synthesis and Analysis

My area of expertise is in Greek and Roman Literature but the Norse mythology has always captivated me as a part of my cultural heritage. I love to grab as many different versions and takes of the legends I've consumed since my childhood. I really appreciate the level of scholarship that went into this take, and how explicit the take is in the source material while still synthesizing the information in a digestible format. It's definitely on my re-readable list.

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  • Lexi
  • 2020-04-07

fantastic.

been waiting to consume this book for a long time, was not disappointed. would whole heartedly recommend to anyone with an interest.

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  • jcs
  • 2020-03-17

love it

This book is everything I hoped it would be.I can see setting around a campfire with the kids... It tells the stories of the vikings sooooo into this book!!!!!

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  • Gar
  • 2020-03-05

positively outstanding

An outstanding scholarly View that highlights any biased opinions or "alterations" to the Myths. the writer quotes from many sources and shows in detail with as much authenticity as possible his views and discoveries into a spirituality and folklore that is so complex. it was a great read and I will definitely be buying the physical copy to add to my collection.

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  • P. D. N.
  • 2020-01-26

a good intro

the chapters on religion were very informative. my favorite part. but if you are looking for the myths and stories, these are very bare bones and academic. which is what the author states many times. just beware that going in, if you're more interested in the myths and stories you might want to try a different book.

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  • Kala Haley
  • 2020-01-13

MUST READ if interested in Norse Mythology

Best book I've ever read over Norse Mythology. He breaks it all down in a way that is completely understandable and easy to remember. Seriously, check out this book if you're interested in the Viking Age and Norse Mythology.