The Poetic Edda, translated by Lee M. Hollander
This book is very cool. I especially enjoyed the first half, as it concerns the AEsir, the race of gods in Norse mythology which includes Odin, Frigga, Thor, and Loki. I enjoy reading about those characters. :) Though I must say that, as portrayed in the Edda, I don't think much of Odin. And I do like Thor. It was slightly confusing at first though because most of the names in the Edda are different than in other stories. I assume they're the older versions of the names. Instead of 'Odin' it's 'Othin,' and Frigga is Frigg. The book is made up of a bunch of lays; some connect with each other but most stand alone. The second half of the book has to do mainly with the history and stories of the hero Sigurd.
I would definitely recommend the translation by Hollander; he adds a lot of footnotes to each page explaining name meanings and simply adding a lot of depth of understanding. A lot of words are used with their old meanings which was a little confusing (weird means fate or destiny) and a lot of simply old words (like weregild - payment for taking a life, usually money - and welkin - the sky/heavens), which is always cool. Also, instead of simply saying, for example, sword, it says 'wand-of-wounds.' The last lay lists a number of dwarfs' names, some of which are Fili, Kili, Bifur, Bofur, Bomber, Nori, Gandalf, Thrain, Thorin, and Durin. I thought that was cool. :)
If you're interested in reading the Poetic Edda I'd really recommend first reading The Children of Odin, the two books tell the same stories, for the most part, but having read Children of Odin the Edda meant a lot more than it would have otherwise; there are a lot of references in it to stories that it assumes the reader already knows. Plus I really like Children of Odin. :)Walter Mitty, by James Thurber (short story)
Othello, by Shakespeare (audiobook)
Once Upon a Time
Dragons: Riders of Berk - Watched just a few episodes - small people wanted to watch it. By 'small' I mean little, as in young. :)
*Thor: The Dark World
*The Amazing Spiderman
*X-Men: First Class, *X-Men, *X-Men: Origins, *X-Men 2, - I was getting the parents ready for DOFP. ;)
RoboCop - I didn't care for this one.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Batman: The Dark Knight
Did you read or watch anything last month that you liked especially?
Also, thanks to all of you that commented on my last post! xx
*movies/books I've watched/read before