If you have been following this blog for a while, then you've probably read about the different translations we use to cite our sources. So, if there are translations, what was the original Viking language they were written in? Well, it's not that easy.
So. Odin isn't Loki's real dad. And Thor isn't his real brother (sorry, Marvel). So just who is Loki's real family? We have explored his best tricks, looked into some fellow tricksters, and even spoken of his loyal wife, Sigyn. But what about the rest of Loki's family? And what is their place in Norse mythology?
Just about every single mythology has its own trickster. Tricksters aren't just pranksters. They possess an intense intellect or a secret knowledge that could bring everything down. They also don't obey rules or conventions. Here are some of the best.
Warriors need bad-ass weapons. The Vikings were bad-ass warriors. So, it stands to reason that the Vikings and the heroes and gods in their tales had some pretty sick weapons. But what were they? And what made them so awesome?
Often times in polytheistic, ancient cultures, the male head of the pantheon is also the one who creates law and doles out justice. In the Norse pantheon, that would, of course, be Odin. Except it isn’t. Meet the Norse god, Týr.
Is Odin's wife Freya or Frigg? And what exactly is Thor's relationship to Loki? If you have ever gotten one Norse god confused for another, we don't blame you for the mix-up. Check out our handy-dandy guide to all the major members of the Norse pantheon.
Many, many years ago when I first became obsessed with Game of Thrones... long before the TV show had been written, I remember an interview where GRRM was asked what the ending of A Song of Ice and Fire would be like.
And he said one word: bittersweet.
Read on for a discussion on how bittersweet we found this episode.