God of War is out today, and in case you haven’t heard, it’s a masterpiece. The game is based on and around Norse mythology, and although it takes some liberties, the real-life myths are basically as crazy as they are in the game.
If you’re interested in learning more about the real myths behind Jörmungandr, Midgard, Odin, and all the people people and places name-dropped in God of War, we’ve collected some excellent and accessible books for you to check out. There are even a few books in here that aren’t exactly Norse mythology, but follow the same paths of inspiration at Kratos’ new adventure. These aren’t boring textbooks – so don’t be put off. They’re surprisingly good reads.