norse giant

major One Piece arcs, or as i like to describe them

  • Hachiko and the evil clown pirates
  • Pinnochio’s origin story
  • pirates vs. chefs vs. Dracula
  • literal loan sharks
  • Pinnochio 2.0 except it’s just the whale’s sad backstory
  • norse giants on jarassic park
  • Rudolph except sadder and worse
  • Mafia Boss Captain Hook Tries To Take Over Egypt And Nearly Succeeds
  • god tries to kill everyone for shits an grins and then flies to the moon
    • alternatively: native american history, the anime arc
  • play silly games while evil count chocula steals your friends
  • furry spies, sad boats, and government conspiracies
  • halloweentown: the island
  • cyborgs, bubbles, and racism
  • medusa + amazons
  • Dante’s Inferno 
  • mini world war 1
  • The Little Mermaid except with more racism
  • this is why kids shouldn’t take candy from strangers
  • Toy Story in spain with gladiators
  • furries: the elephant
  • Alice in Wonderland meets super sentai assassins meets The Godfather

FOR ANYONE WHO WANTED THE TRANSLATION OF WHAT ODIN SAID IN THE UPDATE!!

“Jotun Modir…”

What seems to be happening is Odin is speaking in his native language after being woken up, which seems to be a mishmash of anglosaxon runes and english letters. (headcanon confirmed nice) 

Jotun is the ancient Norse for giant, and Modir was the mythological figure who gave birth to the Jarls, so Odin’s saying Giant Mother??? 
EDIT: It’s PROBABLY Odin saying it like an exclamation i.e “mother of god…” or something like that, you know aye, he’s had a rough week to be fair.

CREATION OF THE WORLDS IN THE NORSE COSMOS

Before the beginning of times in the Norse cosmos, there were but two worlds and a yawning void in between. The world of ice, Niflheim, stretching to the North and the world of flame, Muspelheim, in the South which was guarded by the fire giant Surt with his flaming sword. These worlds were parted by a giant void called Ginnungagap. Twelve rivers that came from a cauldron called Hvergelmir were pouring down this slope into blackness. One day Surt was wielding his flaming sword and sparks of fire reached to Niflheim. The freezing cold and the sparks of his sword collided and exploded. Out of it came the primeval frost giant Ymir and with him a giant cow named Audhumla (the nourisher). Ymir was fed from her milk and out of his sweat emerged other giants – one of them Thrudgelmir. Audhumla fed herself by licking the salty ice of Niflheim. After some time, the shape of a man appeared through the ice where she licked. This man was the first one of the gods, Buri (the producer). He is the father of Bor. Bor took the giantess Bestla for his wife and fathered the first of the Æsir: Odin, Vili and Ve.

The ice giant Thrudgelmir, who has always been hateful towards the gods, evil in nature, fought a lengthy war with the three brothers. When they saw that none would win this war they sneaked up to the primeval Ymir and killed him in his sleep. His blood drowned all his kin but one couple of giants who then fled to Jotunheim, which can be translated to the home of the giants.

From Ymir’s body the gods then shaped the world of men – Midgard. His blood became the rivers and seas, his flesh the lands and soil, his bones were made the mountains and his skull the sky.


There are countless of versions to be found of the creation of the world of men in the Norse cosmos. For a long time, the Vikings did not have a literary tradition; the mythology has been carried on in their culture as songs and poems from generation to generation. Changes of form and content are therefore inevitable. The traditions of the old Norse myths have been written down much later even after Christianisation.


Rán from The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie, Arthur Rackham  [1910]

Norse giantess of storms and the drowned dead, known for pulling sailors under the waves to their deaths.

“I will never forget the first time I encountered the Norse myths. I was a small boy with a borrowed paperback in a friend’s bedroom, but I was also walking with Thor and Loki through a pine forest, on their way to be made fools of by crafty Ice Giants. Those Norse tales have accompanied me through pretty much everything I’ve done: they ran like a vein of silver through Sandman, they were the bedrock of American Gods
To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true…I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.” — Neil Gaiman

I am proud and thrilled to say that I got my early copy of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman today! I’ll be interrupting, for this one gem, my Three Months of Women (as reparation I’ll extend my Three Months one week into February!) I could not be more excited for Neil Gaiman’s retellings. They’re right up his alley, and as a huge fan who has been able to trace these motifs through his work, I am thrilled that he’s written these retellings—and even more thrilled to get an early copy, thanks to W.W. Norton & Co! This will be my first read of 2017.

Loki

Loki is a very complex and interesting god in the Norse mythology who is connected to lots of symbolism.
He is mostly known as a trickster with a sinister nature, dubious, though smart, handsome and graceful looking. Besides this, he is the god of fire, heat and lightning.
His name comes from the icelandic word “loki” which means raging flames, fire. His name origin also explains his double nature: sometimes benevolent, sometimes evil.
Fire as a controlled, helpful power and tool and on the other hand uncontrolled, chaotic and destructive.

“Beneficial is the might of flame,
when through human hand guarded, tamed…
but dreadful is heavens force and strength,
when teared and ripped from its chains.”

(Sorry for bad translation here, couldn’t find anything really fitting)

The symbolism continues with Lokis origin, though there are different versions of his race.
Most suggest that his parents were giants and that Loki gained entrance to Asgard by winning Odin’s friendship by becoming blood-brothers. Some sources also call Loki the evil half of Odin.
His father’s name is Farbauti (the dangerous beater) which would be the lightning.
His mother is named Nol or Laufey (the needle from a tree/ dry leaf).
When the lighning hits the dry leaf of a tree, fire is born. This origin also explains that Thor and Loki are often depicted as companions: Thunder and lighning.
Loki has excellent magical powers of shape shifting; not only into any beast but he is also able to change genders.
A giant demanded the sun, the moon and the beautiful goddess Freya for building a wall around Asgard. So Loki took shape of a mare to distract the giant’s stallion Swadilfari who carried his supplies, to prevent the wall to be ready at the deadline. Thereafter Loki, still being the mare, bore Odin’s swift steed Sleipnir.

Other children of Loki have a more evil nature. The giantess Angrboda (bringer of sorrow) bore him Hel - the Queen of the Dead, the Midgard serpent Jormungand and the wolf Fenrir.
In the final battle, Ragnarök, Loki reveals his true nature, which is chaotic and evil and he and his enemy Heimdall kill each other.
There is no direct proof of the worship of Loki, though - after Odin and Thor - most of the songs and poets deal with Loki.

Since Loki is such a complex figure I left out a good deal about him, if you want to know more about him, just go ahead and ask.

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YOU ARE UNWORTHY of these realms. you’re unworthy of your title. you’re unworthy of the loved ones you have betrayed.

In Norse mythology, the giants are set up as diametrically opposed to the gods: the evil balancing out divine moral rightness. Loki’s one wish – to be worthy – is an impossible one because he cannot honestly imagine a world where he is both worthy and fully himself, and so he doesn’t try. He conflates his Jötunn heritage and his unworthiness, convinced that all his chaos and cruelty and madness are simply in his nature. And if he can’t be Thor’s equal in this respect – if worthiness will always be out of his reach – then he will settle for watching the world burn. He will do incredible evil, because he’s a master of it. Because he can be great, even if he cannot be good.

@calblair

yeah man, it’s a lot deeper than I think people really get. Even little details like the long central fires in the large homes / inns… The sparse and proverb-filled way of speaking that the Nords have… The bleak beauty of the landscape. Even the way the Nords act in general: focused on honor and vengeance, gruff and blunt, with a very clear awareness of law and lawlessness.

I think what really hits me is the quests that have to do with feuds/vengeance, because feuds are such a central aspect of the literature.

I don’t know. The game just really hits a lot of marks that most of its players probably aren’t fully aware are marks that it’s hitting.

Even the emphasis on words! Even that! The Thu’um. Dragon shouts. The power of words. Even that. I’m not really sure I’m able to articulate all this in a sensible manner, honestly.

The best part is that, since it’s fantasy, the trolls and giants of the literature can be “made real” in a way that they are clearly meant to seem real in the literature. I’ll never forget how in Grettir’s Saga, Grettir kills Skeggi and blames it on a she-troll… And the guys with him, their first response is to say, basically, “But how could it be a troll? It’s daylight outside.” And it takes a wiser fellow to say, “Clearly, Grettir killed the man, not a troll. C’mon, guys.”

But the fact they thought it couldn’t be true, not because it’s a troll, but because trolls can’t go out in daylight, implies that there’s a sincere belief in trolls in the setting that is bolstered during Grettir’s later exploits with giants and she-trolls in the same saga.       

Lesson 6c - Introduction to Norse Mythology: The Major Gods and Races (Part III)

At last, we reach the final segment of this lesson on Norse Mythology. This will actually conclude our discussion of Norse Mythology, moving next to something related - spirituality. Following that lesson will be runes. This lesson will cover some of the major races of the Norse Cosmology: Giants, Dwarves, Elves, Valyries, and Norns. These are most definitely not all there is, nor are my words about them nearly enough. However, I feel these are the most popular of creatures with major roles.

If there is anything about Norse Mythology I did not cover that you wished to have seen discussed, please let it be known and I will happily discuss it. There is much more to the topic than what I have touched with these past few lessons. Even what I have discussed lacks the true depth and detail it deserves. However, for the goal of this crash course, I feel it has been a good balance so far. Regardless, I hope you all continue to enjoy these and learn well from them.


Jötnar (Giants)

The Jötnar dwell in Jötunheimr (Giant Land). They are the oldest inhabitants of the Norse cosmology, existing even before the gods themselves. They are no simple bunch and are rather diverse. They are not all massive in size nor are they all hostile towards the gods. In fact, there are plenty of occasions in which the gods and giants have come together. One such example is Njord and Skadi.

Ymir is among the most famous of giants, though he is called Aurgelmir by the Frost Giants. However, when he was killed by the sons of Bor (Odin, Vili, Ve), his blood drowned all Frost Giants except for one household. Bergelmir was the one to survive, and from him came a second race of Jötunar.

Giants are generally regarded as the enemies of the gods (Thor especially fights them often), for the mountains giants will be the ones to cross Bifrost and siege Asgard. However, many giants are necessary in the Norse world, whether in natural phenomenon or in events or marriages. Some allegedly create the world’s wind - Hræsvelgr. Also, although cloaked with suspicion, it was a giant who helped build the fortress at Asgard. Giants should not simply be shrugged off as a source of evil. There was obviously a sense within Norse mythology that the concept of “evil” was not so simple and concrete.


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