I just completed the Roger Lancelyn Green book – Norse mythology. It was a light, enjoyable and entertaining read about the adventures of Odin (the All Father God), Loki (the trickster), Thor (Odin’s son), the Giants and the Trolls and was set in Asgard (the home of the Gods and Goddesses), Midgard (the realm of men, where human beings live), Jotunheim (the land inhabited by the Giants) and Svartalfheim (the land of the Black dwarfs and elves). Every story that you read in this book takes you on a journey to a land far away with gods and goddesses, and trolls and dwarfs and giants. I would highly recommend it especially if you are curious about Norse Mythology or the Gods and Goddesses of the Vikings 🙂 However, what I found interesting is how much of an impact these Norse Gods and Goddesses have on our everyday life and how much we reference them without even knowing that we are referring to Norse mythology ❤
What is Norse mythology?
Norse Mythology refers to the set of religious stories that formed the foundation of the beliefs of the North Germanic people who lived in Scandinavia (now modern day Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland). The North Germanic persons who lived during the Viking Age (approximately 793 – 1066 AD) and were adventurers and seamen who traveled to and conquered new lands were called Vikings.
Norse mythology in Movies and TV shows:
Although you may not know about the Norse Men or Norse mythology, I am sure you have heard of Thor or the Vikings. In recent times, there has been a plethora of television shows or movies that reference the Norse Gods and Goddesses or the adventures of the Vikings. Some of the more popular shows include:
- Vikings TV Show on History Channel and Netflix which chronicles the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (a Viking warrior and conqueror) and his family as they raid distant lands and seek to discover and conquer new civilizations 😎
- American Gods TV Show – the key character is Shadow Moon however, he works for a boss who is called Wednesday or Odin (the All Father in Norse mythology) ⭐
- Thor and Loki – Have you watched any Avengers movie recently? In the last few movies of this franchise Thor, the son of Odin and who is known for his great strength and a hammer called Mjölnir has been played by the actor Chris Hemsworth 🙂 Thor and also Loki (a crafty trickster) have been very popular characters in movies in recent times. Even the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok is steeped in Norse mythology. Ragnarok in Norse mythology refers to a great battle which causes the death of the main Gods and Goddesses including Odin. This great battle will also include the Giants and all the heroes who had fallen in battle and now live in Valhalla.
Norse mythology in our every day lives
Did you know that in everyday life we are still influenced by the Gods and Goddesses of Norse Mythology and the myths of the Norse Men. Here are two examples:
- The names of the days of the week:
Tuesday is derived from the the name of the God Tyr who is the God of War.
Wednesday comes from the name Odin (Woden). He is the All Father and God of wisdom.
Thursday is the day dedicated to the God Thor.
Friday is named after Frigga. She is Odin’s wife.
- Directions (north south east west).
The cardinal directions refer to the names of the four dwarfs in Norse Mythology who are believed to hold up the sky. These dwarfs are Nordi, Sudri, Austri and Vestri.
Have you ever read about Norse Mythology? Maybe the myths of the Norse Men are part of your everyday life more than you think 😀
The Myths of the Norse Men by Robert Lancelyn Green