norse characters

In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja “chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle (the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s afterlife field Fólkvangr), the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar.


The Fox and The Maiden Fair: Knots

Alex Fierro, first try

This is for @alexfierroaf, a new friend of mine <3 

Reblog only. No reposts allowed.




I will update this section soon!
The Fox and The Maiden Fair: Revelations and Fears Archive of Our Own
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Emer was impressed, when they passed through one of the four gates of the fortress she saw lots of houses with oval sides, many poles at the sides, supporting the walls and the roof. It seemed the wood used was oak.

With the help of some men, Gunnar took Bragi with him to lead the injured man to be tended by a healer.

Some of the inhabitants were outside to watch her. They were curious about the princess that would be their queen. She could see some of them were cautious. A small girl ran from her mother and stopped in front of Emer. The princess smiled at her. The girl saw this as a sign to investigate further. She took Emer’s hand on her own and was dazzled by the softness of her skin. Emer found the girl fascinating as well, with grey and curious eyes. The girl’s mother didn’t know what to do. She was fearing being offensive and wake up Ivar’s wrath.

Sigvard approached and whispered to Emer. “Ivar is out there, watching us.”

Emer blushed, after almost a year, she was seeing that man. Not only this, she was marrying him. She looked in Ivar’s direction. A little smile playing about his mouth, but suddenly the smile disappeared and he was looking angry. The girl has gone with her mother and Emer started walking to Ivar, flanked by the brothers, Sigvard and Gunnar.

Emer didn’t know how to greet him. Should she bow?

She had not to think much about it. Ivar looked at her from head to toe.

He asked Sigvard. “Did her father checked the mundr?”

Sigvard nodded negatively. Emer was ashamed. They were discussing about the payment.

Ivar’s face was showing a kind of emotion Emer couldn’t name. Was he angry? Frustrated?

He smiled in mockery and turned around, walking away. Emer was embarrassed. She knew her appearance was not the most charming after such a tough travel. The woman didn’t know if she should follow him. Sigvard walked past Emer, giving her a reassuring look and nodding his head for her to follow inside.

Once inside, Emer saw that Ivar was sitting, leaning forward and looking at her in amusement. It was like he was enjoying her confusion. She was angry that after such a long journey he had not spoken a word yet. All she wanted was to have a bath and eat something fresh. Not the old bread from when they were on the road.

He was tilting his head to the side, as if he was studying Emer, while the woman was looking at him fiercely. At last, he nodded saying. “I imagine you are tired of the travel and wish for a bath and food. Is that true?”

WIP concept art of elf Hunter Taer’r from the book I’m writing 

because elves with battle scars and buff arms and toned legs amirite?

I’ve been working on the idea of Norse elves for a while and did a lot of looking into Shamanic style clothing to give the armour a more rugged, thoroughly worn feel 

My lil beans. An intro

Just a short for now

Delling ran, hopping over the rickety wooden fence, snapping the sticks on the other side, occasionally turning his head as he dashed, keeping an eye out for a flash of fiery red. Crunching beneath his feet, the crisp Autumnal leaves gave an obvious marker to his location, leaving him feeling open and unprotected. A flash of red entered the corner of his vision as he scrambled down the steep hill, through the trees and down to the bank. The shallow stream was quick enough to cross, however, the slight delay still gave his pursuer enough time to gain ground, catching up quickly. Dell scurried through the trees, heart pounding and a metallic taste filling his mouth. He knew she was close, too close for his liking. They were fast approaching the fence at the edge of the trees now, and though he wouldn’t have admitted it to anyone, he knew he didn’t have enough energy to jump the tall, chain-link fence. Leaning with his back against it, he waited, waited for her to appear.

She lunged at him with a flash of copper.

He felt her arms close in on him, wrapping around him, a giggle barely audible from where she had nuzzled into his shoulder. “I told you I’d catch you.” She whispered smugly, gazing up at him with emerald eyes. “Oh, shut it,” he replied, feeling slightly uncomfortable as she pinned him to the fence. “Most of the point was whether we could get away from the police, not whether you could beat me, Freyja.” He replied back, “and I still beat you anyway. I got to the fence first.”  Smirking as her face fell. He bent down to her smaller stature, dark hair falling onto his face, hiding the dusting of freckles that covered him. She leaned up to him, in what looked like an attempt to kiss him. He turned to the side, avoiding her and standing, arms crossed in an awkward pose. “Dell?” She asked, doing her best not to sound hurt. “I can’t Freyja, I can’t.” She turned her head away, moving her gaze from his dark eyes to the crisp orange leaves. “Am I not pretty enough?” Dell brought the smaller girl in for a hug. “No, trust me when I say you really are pretty, Frey. I just can’t. I really can’t explain to you why we can’t do this, but maybe, maybe some day I will.” He muttered into her hair, letting go of the girl and swinging over the chainlink fence, not waiting to see if she followed.

Drew Hel, one of Loki’s children, the one that guards the realm of the dead and all that jazz. I might make an RP account for her but I’m not sure just yet. The style looks a little Disney esq, but I’m kind of okay with it because the juxtaposition of gross half-rotten-kind-of-frostbitten skin with the more cutesy style is neat. I guess she’s a little bit more based on the MCU versions of the characters, fashion wise at least. 

German Folklore

German folklore is the folk tradition which has naturally developed in Germany over the centuries. It shares many characteristics with Scandinavian and English folklore due to their origins in Germanic mythology, reflecting a similar mix of influences: a pre-Christian pantheon and other beings equivalent to those of Norse mythology; magical characters (often pre-Christian) associated with Christian festivals, and various regional stories. 

As in Scandinavia, when belief in the old gods disappeared, remnants of the mythos persisted: Holda, a supernatural patron of spinning; the Lorelei, a dangerous Rhein siren derived from 19th century literature; the spirit Berchta (aka Perchta); the Weisse Frauen, a water spirit said to protect children; the Wild Hunt (in German folklore preceded by an old man, Honest Eckart, who warns others of its approach); the giant Rübezahl; changeling legends; and many more generic entities such as the elf, dwarf, kobold, and erlking.

Popular holiday-related folklore includes Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht, a rough companion to Santa Claus; the Lutzelfrau, a Yule witch who must be appeased with small presents, the Osterhase (the original Easter Bunny), and Walpurgisnacht, a spring festival derived from Pagan customs. Character folklore includes the stories of Pied Piper of Hameln, the trickster hero Till Eulenspiegel, the Town Musicians of Bremen, and Faust.

Documentation and preservation of folklore in the German states was initially fostered in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Saxon author Johann Karl August Musäus was an early collector; study was further promoted by Prussian poet and philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder. His belief in the role of folklore in ethnic nationalism - a folklore of Germany as a nation rather than of disunited German-speaking peoples - inspired the Brothers Grimm, Goethe and others. Folklore elements, such as the Rhine Maidens and the Grimms’ The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear, formed part of the source material for Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Some of the works of Washington Irving - notably Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - are based on German folktales.

Within Germany, the nationalistic aspect was further emphasized during the National Socialist era. Folklore studies, Volkskunde, were co-opted as a political tool to seek out traditional customs in order to support the idea of historical continuity within a Germanic culture. 

bharatanatyamandballet  asked:

If you don't mind me asking - what's good about it?????

no it’s fine :) I’ll generalise both book 1 and book 2 just in case you haven’t read that one either and plan too.

  • genderfluid trans character!!! (Alex Fierro)
  • pronouns & gender respected 
  • implied pansexual magnus 
  • foreshadowing towards Alex & Magnus as a romantic relationship
  • Norse mythology
  • Muslim character who wears a hijab (Samirah al-Abbas)
  • Sam has an arranged marriage and it’s respected 
  • Deaf elf character who is important to the story (Hearthstone)
  • Annabeth makes an appearance
  • Every character has a backstory
  • THE SWORD TALKS his name is Jack
  • Thor is so Extra
  • Seriously all of the characters are wonderful
  • Magnus is so hilarious and sarcastic 
  • Oh and he’s dead like throughout the whole story since chapter 1 of book 1 (not a spoiler)
  • Blitzen, a Dwarf & Demigod, very prince zuko esc (wants to restore family honour). Loves fashion!! 
  • talks about the struggles of homeless people & doesn’t dehumanise them
  • blitzstone is life
  • SIGN LANGUAGE they all learn and talk sign language, Hearthstone isn’t forced to talk by hearing people, they respect him and they learn to speak his language. He isn’t disrespected by his friends, they love him.
  • just the world itself that is created 
  • Fuck Randolph 
  • Did i mention there’s a genderfluid trans character?
  • friendships are v important in this 
  • Diverse characters
  • Otis the goat
  • Magnus doesn’t like the colour blue, Percy ain’t gonna be happy

I’m probably missing something but ahhh yes (if anyone wants to add feel free)


Mythology!AU  ➢ Odelle Swanova as Freyja, the norse goddess of love, beauty and war.

You’re gonna win that midnight crown, big-boned beauty queen. In brassy curls, eyes as blue as all the nothing held above and the underside of all the world. You got your coat of falcon feathers. You know love and war are pretty much the same. And you know all of your warrior girls; so you call them in the dark by name. And they all feast in your basement hall. Your father is a sad and god-broke king, but you’re a spun of frost and gold. Your girls don’t mind the battle din that descends, they sort through the mud and bring the worthy to your door. But you are county fair royalty, the gracious and dangerous sunrise girl who leaps over nameless lakes. Who leaves the unjust dead to rot. Who writes down all the sinners’ names. Who knows who’s done the dearest wrongs. See, at her side the terrifying shadows form tusk-tipped wrath and red-eyed rage. Oh, she can see you from the height of dawn, they’ve carved her likeness in Styrofoam; she’s Minnesota storm-frost bred. She gives her best friends grand warrior wings and her falcon-feather dressings flare out the frozen steel of midnight. She’s a host-field bound. She’s your worst nightmare.


Thundergods: Thor, Indra, Raijin, Zeus

Polytheistic Religions have postulated a Thunder God, the personification or source of the forces of thunder and lightning; a lightning god does not have a typical depiction, and will vary based on the culture. In Indo-European cultures, the Thunder God is frequently known as the chief or king of the gods.