theoww (theoww) wrote in norse_mythology,
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Norse mythology resources

It looks like this community isn't very active, but I'm newly interested in Norse Mythology, and was wondering if anyone could suggest some good websites/books for reliable information. Something that explains the very basics would be great. Most of what I find on google seems more based on fiction and/or video games than lore.

Any pointers would be appreciated.
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First thing you should do is go out and get yourself copies of the Prose and Poetic Eddas (two separate books). This is as close as you are going to get to the original sources. (Sadly, practically everything we have comes down through Christian monks who were the first people to put all the stories down on paper.)

As far as websites, I always consider http://www.pantheon.org/ my first stop for anything mythological for Greek/Roman, Norse, Celtic, or Native American.

That should keep you busy for a while!
Great, thanks so much!
The best site online for Norse and Germanic myth is Northvegr. They've got texts in translation, lots of resources for studying the myths in the original languages, and more.
Oh wow, that's got a lot of resources. Thank you!
You picked a good time to mention it for I was just reading through a book on it, Myths of the World: Norse Gods and Heroes by Morgan J. Roberts. That one I got from my university's library. Myths of the Norsemen by H.A. Guerber, of which I own a copy, is a good one too. That second one has much more information than the first, though the first is a good introduction. The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland is the other one I have, also a good one.

I figured others would post a good number of online resources so if you want something in print check out those I listed above. If you are also interested in Norse runes then you may want to look at Runes, Alphabet of Mystery and The Runic Journey.
I work at a library, so I'll check to see if we have those books tomorrow. Thanks so much!
These are a good start: An Introduction to English Runes, R.I. Page, Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson, The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings, Kevin Crossley-Holland (maybe the same as the one already mentioned.) You might want to have a look at The Volsungs and books on Icelandic Sagas, too.
Thanks for the pointers!