I remember reading this Trilogy about 8 years ago (2008) that was set in a Norse world with Nordic Gods, frost giants and all that. It was old-timey, like in the Viking period. I don't think the gods were physically represented but they did exist. The book was a male teenager who grows up in a small town. I remember he participates in this competition where the elders graded which teenager was the best. It also had something to do with Runes; I don't think it was in the title, but I'm not sure.

If I remember more I will add it on. I really want to find this book so I can read it again.

Update 1: At one point the main protagonist runs into frost giants where he and his friends are they are captured when they are put in an area to fight frost giants.

Update 2: I also believe there is romance in the book (he likes a girl from his town I believe), I don't think that will help but just in case

Update 3: so I don't how I remembered this but in the start of the book I think he somehow forced to do his outside chores in his undergarments or naked (it was winter outside) because his dad got mad at him I think. it's really weird but something I remembered

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    When were you younger and read this book (5 years, 10, 20, etc)? Was the book in English or another language? Can you remember any details about the cover?
    – Xantec
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:52
  • My bad is should have been more specific. i believe i was it was about 8 years ago. :)
    – OCDonuts
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:56
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    Was the setting contemporary (e.g. modern world, just with gods among us) or olde-timey (e.g. Actually set in Norway in the 14th Century)?
    – Valorum
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:56
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    Every book about the Norse gods features runes. It's what they used to write with :-)
    – Valorum
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:57
  • it was old timely, like in the viking period
    – OCDonuts
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:57

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This is a shot in the dark, but is it Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer?

Book cover

The Sea of Trolls is set in Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia, and the mythical realm of Jotunheim.

The Jack Crookleg, the main character of the book is being trained by a famous skald (bard) named Dragon Tongue. About 10 chapters into the book he and his younger sister, Lucy, are captured by Viking raiders. The pair are to be sold as slaves to "Picts" as soon as they reach land. On board the Viking ship Jack meets, and ultimately, befriends Thorgil, a young would-be berserker, and Olaf, the leader of the raiders, along with Boldheart, the crow. The two thralls are spared because Jack is a bard and because Lucy is to be given to the queen, a half-troll named Frith.

The When they arrive at the court nothing goes as planned. Jack is sentenced to menial labor and made to clean the barn. There Jack encounters the deadly troll-pig, Golden Bristles, who is to be sacrificed to the goddess, Freya, by being placed in a wooden cart and left to sink in a bog. After singing Olaf One-Brow's praise-song for the Northman's homecoming, Jack inadvertently makes Queen Frith lose her hair. Queen Frith threatens to sacrifice Lucy (instead of the troll-pig) to the goddess Freya, because Jack set Golden Bristles free. However, Frith allows Jack a chance to save Lucy and their freedom if he can make her hair grow back, which is much more difficult than she makes it sound. Jack goes with Olaf and Thorgil to Jotunheim, land of the Trolls, to seek the mythic Mimir's Well, a well with magical water (song mead) which gives the drinker knowledge, at the roots of the world tree Yggdrasil. Olaf One-Brow is killed by a "trollbear," a gigantic bear native to Jotunheim. Jack and Thorgil are captured by a dragon, but Bold Heart tricks the dragon and enables Jack and Thorgil to escape. Thorgil slays the baby male dragon but gets some blood on her tongue, allowing her to speak with birds. On the way Jack also visits the queen of the Jotuns (Trolls), as he needs her consent to continue seeking Mimir's Well. He finds the tree Yggdrasil and Mimir's Well. Both he and Thorgil drink from the well, and Jack saves some for Rune, a skald (bard) who teaches Jack poetry. With the knowledge Jack gains from drinking from Mimir's Well, he returns to the land of the Northmen to restore Frith's hair.

  • Rather than just guessing an answer, please explain the similarities between your answer and the story that is being asked about.
    – Blackwood
    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:25
  • If it is just an idea and you are not sure, just post a comment.
    – Bebs V
    Dec 1, 2016 at 8:52
  • Norse setting, no contest that I can see.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 31, 2017 at 14:00
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    (hopefully, this thread is not totally dead lol) While the start of the book with living with his family is similar. I don't think this is the one. Thank you for your help though!
    – OCDonuts
    Nov 14, 2017 at 4:44

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