The spooky season has wound down for another year, and now we are faced with the long dark of the winter—what I’ve come to know as a time for myth and a time for stories.
In my own mythology studies, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t struggle immensely with the transition from Greco-Roman mythology to Norse. In 2015, I discovered Jackson Crawford’s translation of the Poetic Edda, a work that truly made these stories accessible for curious laymen readers such as myself.
While countless movies, video games, and books have dipped into and reinterpreted parts of Norse mythology, the subject may seem a little difficult to get into. For me, I could name any number of Zeus’s infidelities, but when it came to reading anything related to the Eddas, my eyes automatically glazed over. I was definitely interested in learning about Odin’s wily ways, but I didn’t know how to approach the topic until I encountered one book in particular. Continue reading