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Mythology

Tales' category of mythology contains some of the oldest written texts in history. The mythology books will take you on adventurous journeys through ancient worlds of brave heroes and great gods of the past. Our collection covers myth from all around the world. You can find stories about the Vikings’ Norse gods and sorceresses, but you can also dive into the legendary and heroic tales of Ancient Greece. You can also get wiser on Ancient Egypt and it’s gods and pharaohs. Finally you will find mythology books about Ancient Japan with descriptions of its traditions and customs. Get ready to be inspired by the stories of the past.
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  • - The Greek Myths Retold
    by Stephen Fry
    £9.49 - 20.49

  • by Madeline Miller
    £9.49 - 16.49

    WINNER OF THE ORANGE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTIONTHE INTERNATIONAL SENSATIONA SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Captivating' DONNA TARTT'I loved it' J K ROWLING'Ravishingly vivid' EMMA DONOGHUEGreece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear. 'A book I could not put down' ANN PATCHETT'An exciting, sexy, violent Superman version of The Iliad' GUARDIAN'Sexy, dangerous, mystical' BETTANY HUGHES.

  • - Nemesis
    by Margit Sandemo
    £9.99 - 8.99

    As the clan of the Ice People are scattered across Norway and Denmark, their lives bring new joys – and new dangers. When young Tancred, great grandson of Tengel the Good, sets off on his first adventure, he's drawn into a nightmarish vision of deception and murder. Could it be real? Here he meets Jessica, a young noblewoman, who could be his salvation. But she is haunted by the malice and madness of a family who were meant to protect her. As they are both drawn into the highest circles of Court, intrigue and betrayal surround them, and each must face their nemesis.

  • by Elizabeth Lim
    £8.99 - 14.49

    A beautiful and immersive YA fantasy retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Six Swans fairytale, set in an East-Asian inspired world, by the author of Spin the Dawn.

  • - Under Suspicion
    by Margit Sandemo
    £9.99 - 8.99

    Rumour and suspicion continue to haunt the Ice People. When the bodies of four murdered women are found in the woods, the family with magical powers is immediately suspected. A young girl, Hilde, is also drawn into the investigation and accused of being a witch. She's lived alone with her cruel father for years, and is now threatened with death for witchcraft. But the Ice People are always kind to those in need. The family take Hilde in and protect her.As the mystery of the murders unfolds, new threats – and new loyalties – emerge. The Ice People must once again pull together to survive.

  • - The Step Daughter
    by Margit Sandemo
    £9.99 - 8.99

    Sol is a powerful witch who's ruled by a dark spirit – and a young girl who has to obey her parents. Finally, the day arrives when she's fully grown and free to unleash her powers. Her life, and those of all she loves, will never be the same. As Sol journeys through Norway and Sweden, witch hunts threaten her at every turn. But the thrill of her powers, and the sensual call of The Prince of Darkness, drive her on. The Legend of the Ice People takes a dark and dangerous twist.

  • - The Successor
    by Margit Sandemo
    £9.99 - 8.99

    Deep in the heart of Norway, many centuries ago, live the race of the Ice People. Some are born with magical powers, but some have evil in their veins. Sunniva, the wilful daughter of Sol the witch, can't resist her impulses. Her actions bring a new force of evil and fear to the heart of the Ice People once more. Tengel the Good is ageing, and it's up to the new generation to protect the legacy of the Ice People. Who will survive? And who will have the power to overcome the evil that lies in wait?

  • - Without Roots
    by Margit Sandemo
    £9.99 - 8.99

    Mikael Lind of the Ice People has been separated from his family his whole life. He's obediently followed orders and expectations of those who raised him, but always against his own wishes. His life is suffocating, and dark visions are threatening to consume him. But a chance encounter changes everything. It leads him to his family, the Ice People.When Mikael meets his extraordinary family, he finally finds his roots. Meanwhile, Mikael's young son Dominic develops powers of his own and joins the next generation of the Ice People – who are both powerful and cursed.

  • by Elizabeth Lim
    £8.99

    Maia Tamarin proved her skill as a tailor when she wove the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars, but it will take more than a beautiful gown to hide the darkness rising up within her.

  • by Jennifer Saint
    £8.99

    In one of the most famous Greek myths, Ariadne betrayed her father, King Minos, to help Theseus defeat the Minotaur. But Theseus in turn betrayed her. This is her story.

  • - Winter Storm
    by Margit Sandemo
    £9.99 - 8.99

    Villemo is a force of nature. Her fiery red hair and striking beauty leave a strong impression on everyone who meets her. And her yellow eyes mark her out as one of The Ice People with supernatural powers. She's young, wilful and headstrong, so when she falls in love with the dangerous Eldar, no one can convince her to turn back. But Villemo's story is dangerously entwined with a blood feud - and the threat of rebellion between Norway and Denmark. As Villemo learns about love, and the startling extent of her powers, the Ice People are taken on another dramatic and dangerous journey into the unknown.

  • by Lucinda Riley
    £8.99 - 15.99

    The Moon Sister is the fifth instalment in the internationally bestselling The Seven Sisters series, by Lucinda Riley.

  • - The number one bestseller and British Book Awards Book of the Year
    by Sarah Perry
    £8.99

  • - The International No. 1 Bestseller - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    by Madeline Miller
    £9.49 - 14.49

  • - Boxed Set
    by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £17.99 - 109.49

    Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this three-volume boxed set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, features striking black covers based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and three maps including a detailed map of Middle-earth.

  • by Katee Robert
    £10.99

  • by Elizabeth Lim
    £8.99

    Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

  • by Lucinda Riley
    £9.49 - 12.99

    Moving from the frenetic atmosphere of Manhattan to the magnificent wide-open plains of Africa, The Sun Sister is the sixth instalment in Lucinda Riley's multi-million selling epic series, The Seven Sisters.

  • by Ben Aaronovitch
    £15.99

  • by Shelley Parker-Chan
    £12.99

    Zhu journeys from peasant girl to rebel commander in this powerful coming-of-age tale of war and empire. Lush and subversive, this is an alternate history of Mongol-occupied China in the vein of Madeline Miller's Circe and Mulan.

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £8.99 - 73.49

    The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part.The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £27.49 - 73.49

    Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien's classic masterpiece, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring.

  • - The myths of the Ancient Greek heroes retold
    by Stephen Fry
    £9.49 - 20.49

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £8.49 - 55.99

    Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life. His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard, Gandalf, and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure.Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he casught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves. Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...

  • by Stephen Fry
    £9.49 - 24.49

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £11.49 - 55.99

    In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwe, chief of the Valar.

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £8.49 - 73.49

    The popular paperback edition of this fascinating collection of stories, which continue the tales of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and contains an alternative version of The Children of Hurin.Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century's most acclaimed popular author.The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as Gandalf's lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan.Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were collated and edited by JRR Tolkien's son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father's writings.

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £8.49 - 55.99

    Illustrated by Alan Lee. Painstakingly restored from Tolkien´s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Luthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien´s Middle-earth. The tale of Beren and Luthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J. R. R. Tolkien. Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Luthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Luthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Luthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Luthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril. In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Luthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father´s own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

  • by Natalie Haynes
    £8.99

    A feminist retelling of the Trojan War - giving voices to the women the myths forgot . . .

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £20.49 - 55.99

Mythology
Mythology is the foundation of many of today's stories, take for example the stories of King Arthur and Merlin, a well-known story that goes back to the celtic mythologies. It has fascinated many writers all around the world and with good reason. Myths take you on fascinating and sometimes even magical journeys and into the ancient worlds of the past. The mythologies build on folklore and you can learn a lot about the ancient lifestyles by reading mythology books. The themes in mythologies are often built around honor and bravery, but the tales also have their own universal moral message. 

Norse mythology books
In the Nordic countries we have a long and proud history of folk tales and some of them can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages and even before that, to what we describe as the Norse period, where all the Scandinavian countries were connected as one and not divided into nations. The North was instead formed by many smaller societies, who lived comparatively insulated and connected to nature. Such a life could be hard and created fertile soil for folklore and the belief in supernatural creatures, which are found in many folk tales. Most of the tales were part of an oral tradition and were often handed down through many generations. The mythology tales were first written down and converted into mythology books many years after they were told for the first time. 
We cannot mention the Norse period without the Vikings. Vikings are known all over the world for their strength, ships and sometimes brutal conquests, but the Vikings were defined by so much more than that. They had for example a vivid and intriguing tradition for mythology. To the Vikings they were so much more than myths, it was their religion. The Norse religion referred to as Asatru consists of multiple gods, goddresses, brave heroes and volvas, which were strong female sorcerers and fortune tellers. If you want to find your way to get started in Nordic mythology you can find a good description and overview in Penguin Book of Norse myths - Gods of the Vikings

Greek mythology books
Some of the greatest and most famous myths are found in Ancient Greece. You might have heard about the gods Zeus and Prometheus, the goddesses Athena and Aphrodite, and the heroes Hercules and Achilles? They are just a few of the unique figures of Ancient Greek mythology. They are found in some of the greatest classics of world literature; the Iliad and the Odyssey written by Homer. At Tales you can get them as mythology books in their traditional verse form, but we would also recommend you to take a look at Stephen Fry’s interpretations of the classical tales. Fry takes the timeless classics into modern times by rewriting the mythologies in a modern, easy understandable english, but he still keeps the essence of the Ancient mythologies. You can find Stephen Fry’s Heroes and Mythos in our selection of mythological books. 

Egyptian mythology books
Another world of mythologies is found in Ancient Egypt. Here we come across Ancient gods and goddesses with faces formed as animals. One of the central gods in Egyptian mythology is the sun god Ra. Ra was the incarnation of the sun, which was the foundation of life. In Egyptian mythology we also find mummies. Mummies were the deceased faraos, who were embalmed and covered in gaze to restore them for the afterlife. The god Osiris would then help them on their way through the afterlife. The mummies were placed in their own pyramid, who would show the greatness of the faraos for the times to come. The pyramids still stand in Egypt and show the history of the past. Among our egyptian mythology books you find the book Egyptian Mythology, which has collected all the fascinating tales of Ancient Egypt and all its gods, goddesses and legendary creatures. 

Japanese mythology books 
You can also find japanese mythology books in Tales’ selection. The japanese myths are little known to people, but contain many amazing stories. You can for example find the story behind the samurais, an Ancient collection of warriors in the japanese armies. A samurai had to live up to certain virtues in order to keep his status. A samurai should both be loyal and have a high level of endurance, modesty, and honor. You could learn a lot about a country from its mythology, because it is the foundation of the country’s culture, although a lot of changes have found place since then. If you aren’t familiar with japanese mythology, we recommend you to read the Handbook of Japanese Mythology among our collection of japanese mythology books. 

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