Rooted in an oral tradition, fantastic sagas of Norse mythology found their way into print seven centuries ago, in documents known as the Eddas. This book presents 17 of the most popular tales, from the creation of the world to the death of the gods and the world’s destruction. Masterfully retold, the legends include Odin's trip to Mimer in search of knowledge, the making of Thor's hammer, the loss of Idun's wondrous apples, and the task of securing the dreaded Fenris-wolf with unbreakable silken twine devised from "the sound of a cat’s footsteps, the roots of the mountains, the breath of a fish, and the sinew of a bear." Here, too, are accounts of "The Wooing of Gerd," "Thor Goes a Fishing," "The Death of Balder," "How Loki Was Punished," "The Twilight of the Gods," and "The New Earth."
Hamilton Wright Mabie, A.M., L.H.D., LL.D. (1846-1916) was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer. At the young age of 16 he passed his college entrance examination, but waited a year before he attended Williams College (1867) and the Columbia Law School (1869). He received honorary degrees from his own alma mater, from Union College, and from Western Reserve and Washington and Lee universities. Although he passed his bar exams in 1869 he hated both the study and practice of law.
Introduce a young reader in your life to the unparalleled thrill of legends and folk tales with this globe-spanning collection from Hamilton Wright Mabie. With tales from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, it's a comprehensive and easy-to-read compendium of the rich tradition of myths, legends, and folklore that will enchant audiences of all ages.
Including tales such as: Enchanted Stag Twelve Brothers Puss in Boots Jack and the Beanstalk Princess on the Pea Ugly Duckling Light Princess Beauty and the Beast Hansel and Gretel Jack the Giant Killer Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp And many more.
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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