(Everything that is beautiful, in the Norse world, is something that glints: sparks from ringing hammers, stars, gold and gems, the aurora borealis, tooled swords and helmets and armbands, fire, a woman’s hair, wine and mead in a golden cup.)
“Ragnorak Boy”, Michael Chabon
Oh, Norsemen and their mythology—it’s incredibly beautiful and incredibly unique. No wonder it’s been raided (ha!) so often when a fantasy writer wants a bit more bite in their worldbuilding. But we’re not looking at fantasy today, we’re looking at two different pieces of historical fiction centered around Norse mythology.