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Chances are your high school literature teacher never exposed you to the “Prose Edda.” If someone mentions Snorri Sturlson, you probably won’t connect him as the skald (or poet), who penned the aforementioned “Prose Edda.” Yet much like the blind poet, Homer, whose masterworks “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” are largely responsible for passing down the mythology of the Greeks and Romans, Sturlson’s “Prose Edda” is the primary source for Norse mythology. Still largely shrouded in mystery and maddening gaps in the storylines, the ancient tales of the Scandinavian peoples are enjoying a resurgence of popularity in contemporary culture. Blockbuster movies featuring Thor, Loki and Odin rake in hundreds of millions of dollars. Snorri’s old tales are full of fantasy, brutality, mischief, drinking, fighting and warrior pride. But, why are they so popular now?

Author Aaron Shaver draws heavily on the ancient Norse myths as the backdrop for his thrilling new contemporary fantasy series, The Berserker Heritage, where modern culture clashes with ancient races and the blood never forgets. recently had the opportunity to chat with Shaver about the rise of Norse Mythology in pop culture.

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