Norse Code

Eight Days of Luke, by Diana Wynne Jones – This story follows the pattern we often see in Jones’s books, starting with a mundane premise and bringing the magical world into play gradually. This time, the old Norse gods are introduced into modern England (and as Jones points out, they were once the gods of England as well) when a boy named David, who lives with relatives who don’t like him very much, inadvertently frees a charming but tricky young man named Luke from prison. It’s not that hard to guess Luke’s identity if you know something about the Norse pantheon, and the other gods also go by names that reflect their traditional ones, like Mr. Wedding and Mr. Chew. The gods are also connected to the days of the week, with, for example, Chew showing up on Tuesday and Wedding on Wednesday. Their characterizations are very much in line with what I’ve read about these deities. Siegfried and Brunhilda also figure into the tale, as do the Norns, who here share traits with the Greek Graeae. It’s a good read for anyone familiar with Norse mythology, and likely an enjoyable story even if you aren’t.

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4 Responses to Norse Code

  1. Did you only just read this? I thought you read this already.

    But this reminds me, I’m reading the new collection of DWJ’s essays, Reflections, right now, and there was at least one point while I was reading that reminded me of you, and I thought I should recommend it!

    • Nathan says:

      I had wanted to read it a while back, but I couldn’t find it in my old library system, so I did just read it. I’m reading The Game now (in between a few other books).

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