My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The narration was okay with some more obvious pronunciation issues (but it was close enough). The topic itself is a very quick summary of a Norse culture (circa 10th to 12th centuries). For the most part, I would have been happier with a little more as some of the brief treatments might lead to a few minor misunderstandings and some would just be more interesting IMHO if etymology were included … such as what exactly the names of each of the nine realms actually mean.
Additionally there are a few careless comments that imply Easter was synchronized from a Norse holiday instead of the other way around (based solely upon the “bunny” avatar). No serious scholar that I know of would make that connection (although it is pretty common on social media). There are some comparisons between Egyptian myths and Norse myths that are a bit of a stretch with no real support other than similarities (which would be expected for any cultures in contact with each other), so fun to think about but not really accepted by any consensus. All that said … this was a pretty fair introduction to the topic and I would recommend it.
Chapter 1 - History of Norse Paganism
Chapter 2 - Norse Pagan Beliefs and Values
Chapter 3 - Spiritual Practices
Chapter 4 - The Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda
Chapter 5 - The Norse Pagan Creation Myth
Chapter 6 - The Nine Realms
Chapter 7 - Mythological Gods, Creatures, and Being
Chapter 8 - Ragnarok
Chapter 9 - Magic in Norse Paganism
Chapter 10 - Runes Tarot and Astrology
Chapter 11 - Norse Pagan Pathways
Chapter 12 - Norse Paganism in the Modern World
I was given this free advance review copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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