The Children of Odin The Book of Northern Myths
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By Padraic Colum
Illustrated by Willy Pogany
Master storyteller Padraic Colum's rich, musical voice captures all the magic and majesty of the Norse sagas in his retellings of the adventures of the gods and goddesses who lived in the Northern paradise of Asgard before the dawn of history.
Here are the matchless tales of All-Father Odin, who crosses the Rainbow Bridge to walk among men in Midgard and sacrifices his right eye to drink from the Well of Wisdom; of Thor, whose mighty hammer defends Asgard; of Loki, whose mischievous cunning leads him to treachery against the gods; of giants, dragons, dwarfs and Valkyries; and of the terrible last battle that destroyed their world.
These ancient stories from Northern Europe, which make up one of the
great myth cycles of Western civilization, spring to life in The
Children of Odin. This classic volume, first published in 1920 and
reissued in 1962, is now available for the first time in paperback,
illustrated with the original line drawings by Willy Pogany, to inspire
a new generation of readers.
The late Padraic Colum was a poet, playwright, founder of the Irish Review and a leader of the Irish Renaissance, but he is perhaps best known today for his outstanding books for children. He was awarded the Regina Medal in 1961 for his "distinguished contribution to children's literature," honoring works like The Children's Homer, The Golden Fleece (a Newbery Honor Book), The Arabian Nights, The King of Ireland's Son and Roofs of Gold.
THE CHILDREN OF ODIN
The Book of Northern Myths
Macmillan Publishing Company
Collier Macmillan Publishers
Copyright Macmillan Publishing Company, a division of
Macmillan, Inc., 1920; copyright renewed by
Padraic Colum and Macmillan Publishing Company 1948
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The Children of Odin is also published in a
hardcover edition by Macmillan Publishing Company.
First Collier Books edition 1984
Printed in the United States of America
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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972.
The children of Odin.
1. Mythology, Norse—Juvenile literature.
[1. Mythology, Norse] I. Pogany, Willy, 1882-1955, ill.
BL860.C63 1984b 293'.13 83-20368
ISBN 0-02-042100-1 (pbk.: alk. paper)
|PART I The Dwellers in Asgard|
|1.||Far Away and Long Ago||3|
|2.||The Building of the Wall||6|
|3.||Iduna and Her Apples: How Loki Put the Gods in Danger||13|
|4.||Sif's Golden Hair: How Loki Wrought Mischief in Asgard||27|
|5.||How Brock Brought Judgment on Loki||34|
|6.||How Freya Gained Her Necklace and How Her Loved One Was Lost to Her||44|
|7.||How Frey Won Gerda, the Giant Maiden, and How He Lost His Magic Sword||51|
|8.||Heimdall and Little Hnossa: How All Things Came to Be||62|
|9.||The All-Father's Forebodings: How He Leaves Asgard||69|
|PART II Odin the Wanderer|
|1.||Odin Goes to Mimir's Well: His Sacrifice for Wisdom||77|
|2.||Odin Faces an Evil Man||82|
|3.||Odin Wins for Men the Magic Mead||90|
|4.||Odin Tells to Vidar, His Silent Son, the Secret of His Doings||99|
|5.||Thor and Loki in the Giants' City||102|
|6.||How Thor and Loki Befooled Thrym the Giant||116|
|7.||Ægir's Feast: How Thor Triumphed||124|
|8.||The Dwarf's Hoard, and the Curse that It Brought||136|
|PART III The Witch's Heart|
|1.||Foreboding in Asgard||151|
|2.||Loki the Betrayer||155|
|3.||Loki Against the Æsir||164|
|5.||The Children of Loki||174|
|PART IV The Sword of the Volsungs and the Twilight of the Gods|
|2.||The Sword Gram and the Dragon Fafnir||208|
|3.||The Dragon's Blood||215|
|4.||The Story of Sigmund and Signy||223|
|5.||The Story of Sigmund and Sinfiotli||233|
|6.||The Story of the Vengeance of the Volsungs and of the Death of Sinfiotli||239|
|7.||Brynhild in the House of Flame||245|
|8.||Sigurd at the House of the Nibelungs||250|
|9.||How Brynhild Was Won for Gunnar||255|
|10.||The Death of Sigurd||260|
|11.||The Twilight of the Gods||265|