In the wake of Thor: Ragnarok and God of War giving Norse mythology a bit of a moment in the sun, it occurred to me that some of y’all might be interested in reading more of that particular canon (which, if you can’t tell, I very much love). The core stories of Norse myth are collected in the Poetic and Prose “Eddas,” and the poem Völuspá in particular lays out much of Norse cosmology, including the Ragnarök myth. The site I’m linking to has the full texts, but you can also find them as ebooks on Project Gutenberg, or in printed form.
I’d also love to talk about favorite adaptations (to whatever degree) of Norse myth, because I can never seem to find enough. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (the book at least, I haven’t been able to see the show yet) weaves a pretty sizable amount of it into its plot and cast, and his Sandman comics deal in a little Norse myth as well. On a very different note, the legendary designs from Pokémon X and Y are heavily based on the beings that guard Yggdrasil (the eagle, the stags, and the wyrm) and keep the tree in balance (hence the admittedly poorly-developed themes of those games). And I’m not sure if any of y’all are into YA literature, but Libba Bray’s Going Bovine features a talking lawn gnome that claims to be Baldur as a supporting character on the book’s road-trip plot.
So that’s me. Any Norse myths or adaptations you all really love? Anything that really interests you about them?