Norse books recommendation

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  1. Nameless Knight

    Nameless Knight New Member

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    I'm looking for:

    -Historical fiction about Nordic people.
    -Historical fantasy with Norse elements instead of typical European stuff that isn't part of Scandinavia.
     
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    Overread Wolfing it up! Staff Member

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    I'd say start with Mythologies. There are various translations and some versions are more simplified than others, but in general they can give you a wealth of history to what much of the Nordic fantasy is often based upon.

    Indeed because Tolkien based a lot of his stories off the Nordic Mythology you can find a lot of strong links to much modern work (much modern fantasy being derived from Tolkien - at least in the west and in common print).
     
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    Black Tattoo The Corruptor

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    I recommend the Prose and Poetic Eddas. You may also find Runemarks and Runelight both by Joanne Harris to be interesting reads as well.
     
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it.
     
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    I'm currently reading The Sagas of Icelanders which I'm finding to be rather an interesting read :D It's a collection sagas written circa. 13th/14th century that's thought to be based on events from the 10th/11th century - including Sagas describing events in Norway etc that led to settlers going to Iceland and their making a life for themselves there.

    Not sure if this fits the bill but I find it all rather fascinating to read :)