The Memory of Odin is a small book written by Jason Ray Forbus and published in Italy by Ali Ribelli Edizioni. In its fifty pages, the story takes us in the last days before Ragnarok in what is an authentic cross-section of Norse mythology. It is not easy to reconcile the beauty of these few pages with their number, which is why we will try to highlight all the positive sides.

Who can Odin's Memory go to?

Given the brevity and ease of content, the story can very well be read by young and old who have an afternoon to spend in Norse mythology. The text is preceded by a small introduction on the cosmogony of the world, excellent for anyone who has never approached the stories of Odin, Thor, Loki and Ymir. Personally, I would have liked to find this book as a child. Comics and films have thrown great confusion on Norse mythology and this story brings information and narration on the right tracks.

Synopsis

It is the third year of the Fimbulwinter, the long and cold winter that precedes the end of the Nine Worlds. Midgard lies asleep under a thick blanket of ice and snow. The cities of men have fallen or in disarray, attacked by packs of ravenous wolves and bloodthirsty marauders. Gods, trolls and giants sharpen their weapons and prepare the spells for the final battle between Order and Chaos. Everywhere the final preparations for Ragnarök are stirring, only in Valhalla does a strange silence hover… No songs are heard, or the clash of swords. Seated on his ancient throne, Odin sleeps a long sleep without awakening, waiting for his memory to return from the inscrutable ocean of worlds and, with it, the will to fight so that life can flourish again on the Nine Worlds.

What surprised me about Odin's Memory?

Unlike many tales and stories about Norse mythology, which point to epic, this tale tale tells of the two ravens of Odin. Hungy and Muninn represent the power of God and, by extension, of all men. Their names mean Thought and Memory and their role in the cosmos is to fly over the worlds by day and report to their lord in the evening. When Muninn does not return, Odin falls asleep. What is a god without his memory? To solve the problem, the crow Husty leaves in search of his companion. Even thought, without the important memory, struggles to find its way.

What is the best way to recover this book?

I highly recommend recovering a kindle edition, more generally an epub, or listening to the audiobook with Audible.