To craft Nordic Noir novels, Scandinavian authors draw on Viking tales

The sea wind is merciless. It slices and whips the swirling snow into a frenzy. Volcanic lava fields blacken the treacherous landscape.

Danger skulks everywhere in this ancient Nordic realm, and the heroes and villains slashing their way through the unforgiving terrain are extraordinary. 

They must be. Because more than a thousand years later, we’re still talking about them. The pull of pop-cultural interest in all things Norse and Viking, especially in the United States but also in Britain and the rest of Europe, is striking. From streaming series and movies to video games and comics – if it’s Norse-themed, it sells.

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