"Carla" wrote:I really like Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling of the myths. "The Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings". Penguin, 1980, ISBN 0-14-006056-1. It isn't a novel, it's a retelling of the myths (mainly from Snorri Sturluson' Prose Edda) in modern English, so it reads a bit like a short story collection. The characters and events are every bit as vivid as any novel.
The latest publication from "The House of Tolkein"* is The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun, which is JRR's version of the Elder Edda / Volsung epic. I have to admit, it's written in such a way that I think I'd rather listen to it than read it, but nonetheless vivid.
*I find I'm getting increasingly impatient with Christopher's editorializing on his late father's academic and creative genius. I do agree that JRR did some marvellous work in both spheres of influence, but I think it might be time for Christopher to let that work speak for itself. YMMV.