Norse Mythology for Bostonians: A Transcription of the Impudent Edda

Rowdy Geirsson (Author)


Norse Mythology for Bostonians is a humorous retelling of the trials and tribulations of Odin, Thor, and the other Norse gods. Regarded as an authentic, new "Edda" (as the original Icelandic source material is called), the main narrative is told in the charmingly quaint dialect of a foul-mouthed Bostonian. New mythological episodes, such as Thor's attempt to renew his driver's license and Odin's mysterious journey to Boston Common, supplement the more traditional stories such as Odin's acquisition of the mead of poetry and the theft of Idunn's apples of youth. Substantial historical background information about the myths is provided in the introductory material, as well as in the footnotes that occur throughout the volume.

Based on the long-running McSweeney's Internet Tendency column Norse History for Bostonians, Norse Mythology for Bostonians, introduces readers to a fresh, new perspective on both familiar and previously unknown narratives of Norse mythology.

Product Details

Puffin Carcass
Publish Date
January 29, 2020
5.25 X 0.49 X 8.0 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Rowdy Geirsson has ingloriously served as McSweeney's sole Norse History for Bostonians correspondent since the dark and dreary, recession-ridden days of 2010. In 2017 he created Mis- adventures in Heavy Metalling, an ongoing, low-quality metal fiction column that evokes all the atmospheric riffs and indecipherable vocals of a 1980's Elizabeth Shue movie for the popular music site, Metal Sucks. He also regularly contributes other textual atrocities to the humor sites Points in Case and Slackjaw and is the sole proprietor of, a mediocre blog about Vikings past and present. He lives in the grim and frostbitten hinterlands of Norumbega, Vinland.