Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Norse gods. What's not to love? From Odin, who dawns a floppy hat and becomes a wanderer, to Angrboda, a giantess and mistress of Loki, I like them all. That is why, when I was writing the first book of the Guardian Series, I chose to align my shape-shifters with the Nordic gods as opposed to the Greek gods.
I know there are those that will not agree with this statement, but I think the Nordic gods are more down to Earth. That may sound a bit silly, but it's true. The Greek gods are too elitist for my taste. They had a tendency to look upon humans as trivial, crude creatures. I don't find that with the Germanic gods.
If I had to choose a favorite among the pantheon of the Aesir and Vanir, it would have to be Thor. He is also probably the best known of the Nordic gods, and worshiped more than even Odin, although Odin was known as the supreme god.
Why Thor? Simple, Thor is my kind of guy. He loved food, drink and a good battle. He used common sense and the direct approach more than reasoning and cunning. He was the kind of guy you could go out and have a beer and a good laugh with. In fact, I'm pretty sure if he dropped in from Asgard, we would probably end up at Buffalo Wild Wings with a pint and a table full of hot wings. Again I ask, what's not to love?