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Thor Tips His Helmet This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a great occasion to remember the men and women in the military who serve their country.  In homage to Memorial Day, we revisit the grandest warrior of them all…Thor.

Thor wasn’t just a hammer-wielding hunk of a god.  He also knew how to use his brains.  There once was an amorous dwarf, Alviss, who aspired to wed Thor’s daughter.  Doting father that he was, Thor wasn’t having any of it.  Nevertheless, he convinced the dwarf he could gain his consent if Alviss answered his questions on a number of weighty topics.

Alviss was indeed a smarty-pants, and managed to wax enthusiastically and at length about the worlds he’d visited.  Thor and the lovelorn dwarf yakked all night about this, that and the other thing.  Just before dawn, Thor was forced to admit he’d never seen a wiser soul. 

But as George Harrison sang, “Here Comes The Sun.”  (VIDEO) Thor kept Alviss talking so long the rising sun turned him to stone.  End of problem.

The question is, if Alviss was so wise, how come he didn’t see that one coming?

~ S.G. Rogers

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the U.S. Military?  Check out Operation Gratitude.  They send 100,000 care packages annually to servicemen and women, their children, and to the wounded. 😀

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DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE

Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – Thor and Loki in Drag

The goddess Freyja was truly a lovely lass.  In fact, the king of the giants, Thrymr, was so enamored of her that he devised a sure-fire scheme to lure Freyja into matrimony.  The poem Thrymskvida details how he stole Thor’s hammer, planning to trade it to the gods for Freyja’s hand in marriage.

Nothing screams ‘romance’ like extortion.

To retrieve Mjölnir, Thor and Loki worked together in a sting operation.  Thor posed in a bridal gown, Loki dressed as his bridesmaid, and they traveled to Thrymr’s kingdom in Jötunheimr for the nuptials.

Thrymr’s reception for his fiancée was a sumptuous affair.  Although the giants became suspicious when Thor chowed down a whole ox, quick-thinking Loki explained the bride hadn’t eaten for over a week due to marital jitters. He further accounted for the bride’s scary eyes by pointing out she hadn’t managed a wink of sleep either.

The giants bought it.  What can I say? Love is blind.

At last the time arrived to exchange wedding gifts.  When the jötnar presented Mjölnir to Thor…well, let’s just say it wasn’t wedding cake lovingly smashed into Thrymr’s face.

One. Giant. Mistake.

~ S.G. Rogers

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DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE

Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – Loki’s Loose Lips

Loki shot his mouth off a lot. His boasts and bad bets often led to fascinating and unintended consequences. After his naughty prank on Thor’s wife Sif, Loki became acquainted with the workmanship of the smithy dwarves, the Sons of Ivaldi.

From the Sons of Ivaldi, Loki bought Sif’s golden headpiece, an awesome ship for Freyr, and Odin’s famous spear. Not a bad haul, don’t you think? Loki was so pleased with himself that he trash-talked all the other smithy dwarves.  Smithy dwarf Brokkr made the bad boy a bet. As a result, Brokkr’s über talented brother fashioned a glow-in-the-dark boar, Odin’s golden ring, and Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir.

Speak to the hand, Loki.

Here’s the conundrum: If Loki hadn’t messed around with Thor’s wife, Thor might not have come into his weapon of choice. So do you think Dr. Phil could Brokkr a truce between Thor and Loki, or is this just a Freudian Sif?

~ S.G. Rogers

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DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE

Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – Hanky Panky Loki

The bad boy of the æsir is Loki.  Disarmingly handsome and witty, Loki represents one of the most intriguing figures in the Norse pantheon. His father was a giant (Farbauti), but his mother was a slender young thing (Laufey). Loki’s special talents included shape shifting, deceit, and flyting (the exchanging of insults).

He was also quite gifted with the opposite sex.   Loki had a son with his wife, Sigyn. With his giantess girlfriend, Loki fathered a serpent, a wolf, and a daughter. In addition, Loki gave birth to the horse Sleipnir (go HERE for the sordid details).

One of Loki’s mischievous episodes involved Thor’s beautiful wife, Sif, known for her gloriously long and golden tresses.  After their tryst, Loki cut Sif’s hair for a practical joke.  Thor was not amused.  When Thor threatened to rearrange his face, Loki agreed to buy a gold headpiece from renowned smithy dwarfs (Sons of Ivaldi) to replace Sif’s hair.  Oddly enough, Thor seemed less upset about the loss of his wife’s honor than her hair.

We all have our priorities.

~ S.G. Rogers

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DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE

Thor’s Day – Fun Facts About Norse Mythology

It’s official…Thor was a ginger.  He’s generally described with a red beard and hair.  Thor was Odin’s most famous son and a superstar of the Norse pantheon.  Although Odin was married to Frigga, apparently ‘All Father’ stepped around a little because Thor’s mom (Jörd) was a giantess.

Thor’s the fellow to have on your side during a battle because of his fierce fighting technique.  Every Thor costume kit should have at least three things: the super-cool hammer Mjölnir, the strength-doubling belt Megingjörd, and the iron gloves Járngreipr.  If you have extra money left over, you might also consider investing in a magical staff Gridarvölr. Not only is Thor associated with thunder and lightning, he’s also known for strength, healing, fertility, and the protection of mankind. 

Thor was such a popular figure during the Viking Age, many folks wore a Mjölnir pendant as a symbol of opposition to Christianization.

Quick! How the heck do you pronounce ö?  It’s like the ‘i’ in ‘sir’

How the heck do you pronounce j?  Like ‘y’ in ‘yoga’

Furthermore…

Another factoid from the Norse creation myth…involves a cow.  In the beginning, only the worlds of fire (Muspelheim) and ice (Niflheim) existed.  When the warm air of Muspelheim hit the cold ice of Niflheim, the jötunn (giant) Ymir and the cow Audumbla were born. While Ymir slept, he sweated out a man and a woman from his armpits.  While Audumbla suckled Ymir, the cow licked the first Norse god (Búri) out of a salty block of ice.

Okay, I know it sounds bizarre, and it is.  I didn’t make it up.  But Norse mythology lends itself to all sorts of flights of fancy, wouldn’t you say?  If you’d like to read my flight of fancy, check out Dani & the Immortals.  ~ S.G. Rogers

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DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE

Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – All Things Odin

It’s Wodensday, so this post is devoted to All Things Odin.

As is the case with most Norse myths and legends, it’s hard to pin Odin down.  He’s known by 200 different names, among them ‘All Father.’ A preeminent member of the Æsir and the ruler of Asgard, Odin was thought to be a seeker of wisdom.  In fact, legend has Odin sacrificing one of his eyes in exchange for a drink from Mimir’s Well of Wisdom.  Thereafter, he sought the services of two ravens, Huginn and Muninn. These ravens were to fly around the world and bring him information on what they saw and heard.  A pair of wolves, named Geri and Freki, accompanied him in his travels, because Odin was also a wanderer.  To complete this menagerie was an eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, which could leap great distances.

Odin had several places he stayed in Asgard, but the most notable was Valhalla, the hall of the slain.  Fallen warriors were entertained in Valhalla so they could battle on Odin’s behalf should the final battle (Ragnarök) come about. Odin was married to Frigga, and his most famous son was Thor.

Norse mythology predates Christianity, so many of the Norse pagan legends and symbols have been morphed, merged or co-opted over the years.  Did you know that Santa Claus is a merger of Odin and the Christian legend of Saint Nick? Back in the day, children would leave their shoes, filled with carrots or other edibles, near the chimney for Sleipnir to eat. In exchange, Odin would leave gifts or candy.

Of course for some authors (such as myself), the above-referenced information would be considered a jumping-off point, as it were. Hehehe.  ~ S.G. Rogers

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DANICOVER7When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle HERE