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From Asgard to Valhalla

From Asgard to Valhalla takes readers deep inside Odin’s cavernous hall and tells of the adventures, tragedies and lessons of the Viking Gods. Here, Heather O’Donoghue skillfully uncovers both the history and legacy of these myths to provide the authoritative student text on Old Norse mythology.


From the magnificent tales of A Song of Ice and Fire and the supernatural wonders of Valkyries to Tolkien’s Riders of Rohan and Marvel’s mighty Thor, Norse mythology is a fundamental part of western culture. Drawing from a wealth of sources and scholarly debates, this fully-updated and expanded 2nd edition offers both an engaging survey of the Old Norse myths and an accessible introduction to how such strange and fragmentary material has been seized, repurposed and at times abused throughout the centuries. Notably, this important and timely study explores how Old Norse mythology has been – and continues to be – weaponized by far right movements across the world.


Containing 2 brand new chapters on post-medieval reception, 30 illustrations for a stronger visual context and pedagogical updates throughout to aid further study, this new edition of From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths is a vital resource for all students of Old Norse mythology.

From Asgard to Valhalla

  • Heather O'Donoghue

    An engaging exploration of the history and legacy of Old Norse mythology.
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  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 21-03-2024
    Format: Paperback | 234 x 156mm | 288 pages
  • About the Author

    Heather O’Donoghue is Professor of Old Norse at University of Oxford, UK. Among others, she is the author of Old Norse Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (2004), English Poetry and Old Norse (2014) and Narrative in the Icelandic Family Saga (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), among others. She has also broadcast with the BBC on the topic of the Norse Gods.

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