The Southeast just HAS to be fucking difficult doesn’t it
i’m enjoying it thanks
its way too hot down here help us
SUCK IT UP YOU BABY IT’S EXTREME SUMMER
but i like the coldddd
fuck this stupid ass penis state I WANT COLD
Illustrations by Fumito Ueda.
Puppy problems. [x]
Except that that one sound could shatter windows…
[cracks knuckles] I’m so glad you came to me to ask this.
In Norse mythology, Loki isn’t Odin’s adoptive son. Shocking, right? Loki is actually Odin’s blood brother, making him more along the lines of Thor’s uncle. Moreso, Odin is a descendant of the giants Bor and Bestla, also making him of Jotun descent. Loki isn’t villainous so much as he’s just mischievous. Loki actually plays a key role in Balder’s death because of his mischievous ways going too far. It’s the reason why a rift is created between the Asgardians and Loki and why, ultimately, he turns against them and fights alongside Asgard’s enemies during Ragnarok.
Marvel portrays Odin as a regal, all-knowing figure that passes down wisdom from on high, but oftentimes in Norse mythology, Odin would take on other identities and travel among mankind, either to learn himself, or to teach. The Norse version of Odin is regularly depicted as missing an eye, having sacrificed it to gain knowledge of magic. Marvel doesn’t continuously depict Odin the same way. Speaking of Odin and magic, in Norse mythology, Odin is seen as an enigmatic figure and practitioner of sorcery, which, in Scandinavian culture, was viewed with much suspicion.
Amora, the Warriors Three, and Skurge are all fictional. However, Fandral’s character was inspired by Errol Flynn, Hogun was inspired by Charles Bronson, and Volstagg served as a stand-in for Falstaff, the Shakespearean buffoon. But I digress.
In both Marvel comics and Norse mythology, Asgard is connected to Earth (aka Midgard) by a bridge called the Bifrost, which manifests as multicolored arc in the sky. In Norse mythology, the Bifrost explains the natural phenomenon known to us as a rainbow. Mythology says that there are 9 such worlds in total, though what the other 7 are can vary from myth to myth. The worlds commonly mentioned in both traditional myth and the comics are Jotunheim, the land of the giants; Muspelheim, the home of the fire demon Surtur; Niflheim, home of the ice titan Ymir (in Norse mythology, Ymir was slain by Odin and carved up to create the Earth, but in the comics, he’s a recurring enemy); Svartalfheim, home of the dark elves (and in the comics, Thor’s enemy Kurse); Nidavellir, home of the dwarves (who forged Mjolnir); and Hel, ruled by the eponymous Hel (also known as Hela in the comics; in Norse mythology, Hel is more of a neutral overseer of the realm of the dead, which is more closely related to the Hades of Greek myth than the Christian Hell).
One important world of Norse mythology that is rarely seen or talked about in Marvel comics is the realm of Vanaheim, which was a realm of rival gods known as the Vanir. The Vanir weren’t evil, per se, but they were competition, and in the brutal world of ancient Scandinavia, wars were usually fought simply to take over somebody else’s land and resources. The gods were no different. This is a detailed description of what the Aesir did to the Vanir.
A good thing, though, is that Marvel comics has touched upon Ragnarok, most notably in Thor #128. Basically, all you need to know is that Ragnarok is the Norse mythological equivalent of the Christian apocalypse where the world as we know it comes to an end. The story of Ragnarok is different in almost every story, but most accounts agree that it’s when the many enemies of Asgard gather to invade, and the gods fight a bloody battle which results in most of them being killed. Loki, who has been imprisoned and tortured for his crimes, escapes and joins the invasion of Asgard. Odin faces off against the Fenrir wolf and winds up being swallowed. Thor manages to kill the Midgard serpent, but also succumbs to the serpent’s venom. At the same time, our own world suffers multiple catastrophic natural disasters and humanity is virtually wiped out. Eventually, the battle comes to its conclusion, but all is not lost. A few gods do survive, and even two humans, who, you know, end up having to do the frick frack and act as Adam and Eve of Norse myth.
But basically those are the main differences. Marvel comics are a lot of fun and shouldn’t be constantly compared to the mythology Thor was inspired by; it’s not the same thing, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Both are awesome and I suggest looking into Norse mythology more if you can, because it’s one of my favourites (albeit the fact that Norse mythology has more plotholes than an episode of Supernatural).