Neil Gaiman is releasing a book about Norse mythology. That news would likely be quickly shuffled aside and forgotten, if it weren’t for Gaiman’s epic, even legendary, status as an author — with short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films already securely under his belt.
Yep, he’s one of the most infamous authors, but this news is just beyond cool. Not wanting to sound sacrilegious, but it would nearly reach the level of news if J.R.R. Tolkien were to arise and pen a retelling of Norse mythology — well, that’s probably overspeaking… but it leaves a feel-good sense and certainly a sense of anticipation.
According to The New York Times, Gaiman was similarly enthusiastic when they first discussed the Norse Mythology book concept, saying: “To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true.”
Of course, he’s already delved into the realms of myth before, even exploring Norse stories with Odd and the Frost Giants (HarperCollins, 2009). With illustrations from Brett Helquist, how could we help but be drawn into the story of Odd, a 12-year-old boy who must save Asgard, restore peace, and end the long winter.
It’s not really a surprise to anyone that favorite books from Gaiman’s own childhood include: Jack Kirby’s comic, The Mighty Thor (Marvel collection, 2014), and Lancelyn Green’s Myths of the Norsemen (Puffin reprint, 2013).
Such is the news that gives us pause to smile, and then sigh… as we recall that Norse Mythology won’t be released until February.
Are you looking forward to reading more about Loki, Thor and all the other myths of Asgard?