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    Books on Norse Mythology?

    Can you recommend me (and provide links for download) of Norse mythology books (Myths, places, events, customs etc)
    I need it for serious research and work. Please do not include Eddas themselves, I've already read those.

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    One of the standard works is Edith Hamilton's Mythology.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Our-Fathers-Go...4399172&sr=1-1

    It is 'retold for the young' but so far it has been a really good read. I'm not finished reading it yet but based on what I've read so far I would highly recommend it and I would also be willing to go out on a limb here and recommend any of Rydberg's works on the subject.

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    What sort of research and work is it for? For mere informational purposes, I would recommend a dictionary of Norse mythology, such as those of Lindow, Orchard or Simek. For a something more elaborated, there are many books to go to. Make sure you purchase a work by a reputed author, and not some nitwit reinterpreting source material in their own way. Do you want a book with a general, broad scope, or is there something in particular you are interested in?

    The dictionaries:
    Lindow, John (2001). Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs.
    Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend.
    Simek, Rudolf (2007). Dictionary of Northern Mythology.

    The books mentioned by frippardthree and Hierwend are unfortunately not very reliable as they are simple retellings, they are more for the pleasure of reading than for any serious research. Rydberg is a no-no as far as reliability goes, even though he too had his moments of clarity.

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    There are many kids' books out there, on "Norse Mythology". I'm finding that some of the kids' educational books can be just as informative, as the ones marketed for adults.

    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keyw...c+Norse&page=1
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