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In The Days of Giants A Book of Norse Tales

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By Abbie Farwell Brown

SONGS OF SIXPENCE. Illustrated.

THEIR CITY CHRISTMAS. Illustrated.

THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL. Illustrated.

JOHN OF THE WOODS. Illustrated.

FRESH POSIES. Illustrated.

FRIENDS AND COUSINS. Illustrated.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Illustrated.

THE STAR JEWELS AND OTHER WONDERS. Illustrated.

THE FLOWER PRINCESS. Illustrated.

THE CURIOUS BOOK OF BIRDS. Illustrated.

A POCKETFUL OF POSIES. Illustrated.

IN THE DAYS OF GIANTS. Illustrated.

THE BOOK OF SAINTS AND FRIENDLY BEASTS. Illustrated.

THE LONESOMEST DOLL. Illustrated.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
Boston and New York

IN THE DAYS OF GIANTS

"I AM THE GIANT SKRYMIR" (page 150)

IN THE DAYS OF
GIANTS A BOOK OF
NORSE TALES BY ABBIE
FARWELL BROWN
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS
BY E. BOYD SMITH

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
BOSTON AND NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT 1902 BY ABBIE FARWELL BROWN. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published April, 1902


NOW I LIKE A REALLY GOOD SAGA, ABOUT GODS AND GIANTS, AND THE FIRE KINGDOMS, AND THE SNOW KINGDOMS, AND THE ÆSIR MAKING MEN AND WOMEN OUT OF TWO STICKS, AND ALL THAT.

KINGSLEY'S HYPATIA


CONTENTS

PAGE
I. The Beginning of Things 1
II. How Odin Lost His Eye 11
III. Kvasir's Blood 21
IV. The Giant Builder 35
V. The Magic Apples 50
VI. Skadi's Choice 70
VII. The Dwarf's Gifts 80
VIII. Loki's Children 98
IX. The Quest of the Hammer 110
X. The Giantess Who Would Not 132
XI. Thor's Visit to the Giants 146
XII. Thor's Fishing 172
XIII. Thor's Duel 192
XIV. In the Giant's House 208
XV. Balder and the Mistletoe 226
XVI. The Punishment of Loki 243

Six of these Tales, namely, The Magic Apples, The Dwarf's Gifts, The Quest of the Hammer, In the Giant's House, Balder and the Mistletoe, and The Punishment of Loki are, by the courteous permission of the publishers of The Churchman, reprinted from that magazine.


ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE
"I am the giant Skrymir" (page 150) Frontispiece
He flapped away with her, magic apples and all 62
The third gift—an enormous hammer 88
"Ah, what a lovely maid it is!" 122
Each arrow overshot his head 232
"Kill him! Kill him!" 256

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IN THE DAYS OF GIANTS


THE BEGINNING OF THINGS

The oldest stories of every race of people tell about the Beginning of Things. But the various folk who first told them were so very different, the tales are so very old, and have changed so greatly in the telling from one generation to another, that there are almost as many accounts of the way in which the world began as there are nations upon the earth. So it is not strange that the people of the North have a legend of the Beginning quite different from that of the Southern, Eastern, and Western folk.

This book is made of the stories told by the Northern folk,—the people who live in the land of the midnight sun, where summer is green and pleasant, but winter is a terrible time of cold and gloom; where rocky mountains tower like huge giants, over whose heads the thunder rolls and crashes, and under2 whose feet are mines of precious metals. Therefore you will find the tales full of giants and dwarfs,—spirits of the cold mountains and dark caverns.


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