Neil Gaiman's next project is an ambitious, nonfiction retelling of Norse mythology

Pictured above: Skyrim. You try finding pictures of actual ancient Norsemen. Image resolution back then was shaky, at best.

He’s never been shy about his love for all things Norse mythology, and now geek icon Neil Gaiman has announced his next project — a nonfiction, “almost novelistic” retelling on actual Norse mythology titled, you guessed it, Norse Mythology.

The New York Times broke news of the project, which is slated to publish in February. The author noted that Norse roots have run deep through many of his works, leaving behind breadcrumbs in everything from American Gods to Sandman. With his latest effort, he finally decided to tackle them all head-on.

Here’s an excerpt from what Gaiman had to say about the project:

“To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true. I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.”

This sounds like a cool project in its own right, but what’s really exciting is this book could also be a great way to introduce new readers to the sometimes heady concepts of Norse mythology. Those ancient tales obviously had a profound impact on Gaiman, and this looks like the perfect way for him to share it.


(Via The New York Times)

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