Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2017. Paperback, xxvi+284 pages. New.
Odin is one the most enigmatic and complex of the gods of the Norse tradition. God of words, wisdom, runes and magic; the trickster who teaches truth; lord of ravens, war, and poetry. Odin, subtitled Ecstasy, Runes and Norse Magic is the first truly comprehensive work on Odin, historically sourced and at the same time accessible to the general reader. It features Odin’s origins, his appearances in the sagas, the Edda, in old magical spells and in contemporary media such as Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and his influence on fantasy literature. Diana L. Paxson draws on scholarship and experience to provide context, resources and guidance for those who would work with this most complex god, and each chapter of the book includes suggestions for practical work and exploration in meditations, music, ritual and everyday activities. Odin is a must for anyone with an interest in the Norse Tradition and the old gods of northern Europe.