Norse Mythology (book)

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Norse Mythology is a 2017 book by Neil Gaiman.[1] The book is Gaiman's retelling[2][3] of several stories from Norse mythology. These stories include the theft of Thor's hammer, the binding of Fenrir and other tales about the Aesir.[3][4]

The book received positive reviews in The New Yorker,[5] Washington Post[4] and The Times.[6] Kirkus Reviews called it "Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the student of comparative religion and mythology alike."[7]


A ninety-minute audio adaptation was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on Boxing Day 2018 featuring Derek Jacobi as Odin, Colin Morgan as Loki, Natalie Dormer as Freya, and Nathaniel Martello-White as Thor, with the stories narrated by Diana Rigg in the guise of an unexpected visitor ("Mrs Njordsdottir") keeping an inquisitive young boy company in hospital during a blizzard.[8] Gaiman himself was heard in a cameo role as a radio announcement.[9]

An audiobook version was released in February 2017,[10] narrated by Gaiman.


  1. ^ Vera, Ruel S. De. "Thor and Odin story retold by Neil Gaiman with style". Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  2. ^ Haynes, Natalie (12 February 2017). "Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman review – a rich retelling". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman — northern delights". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Dirda, Michael (14 February 2017). "Review - Neil Gaiman's suspenseful and surprising 'Norse Mythology'". Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via
  5. ^ Waldman, Katy (19 March 2018). "Neil Gaiman Reanimates the Norse Myths—and Loki, Once Again, Is the Most Alluring Character". Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via
  6. ^ Freeman, Laura (10 May 2018). "Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman". Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via
  7. ^ "Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman". Kirkus Reviews. December 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, BBC programmes. Accessed 13 January 2018
  9. ^ Natalie Dormer, Colin Morgan and Derek Jacobi cast in Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology on Radio 4, Radio Times, 22 November 2018
  10. ^ Norse Mythology.