1 year ago for day 53, 2020 with 416 words.

Norse Mythology (review)

I wrote last week about the legends of Ancient Greece. As a result, I've been listening to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Read by the author, these stories give a whole new dimension to the concept of myth. I never heard stories like this read aloud. They are exactly how I've imagined them as a kid: simple language, powerful moments, filled with magical wonders like the Hammer of Thor or the Apples of Immortality. I used to love reading about these wondrous objects with their secret meanings: every one of these objects holds a universal desire, one that lives in the hearts and minds of all humans.

Gaiman introduces The Norse Gods as powerful and mischievous beings. People disliked them as much as they feared them. Loki's idea to cheat a giant of his right payment is embraced by everyone. Odin uses deceit so he can steal the Mead of Poetry from Gunnlöd. Thor pretends to be a beautiful Godess in order to get his hammer back. These are not the heroes of Greece, this is not Orpheus sacrificing everything, this is not Achilles cunningly fighting for his cause, this is not Theseus defeating the Minotaur. The Norse gods are more powerful and more selfish than everyone ever thought possible. Some would say that they are a perfect mirror of humanity.

Of all the gods, Thor and Loki are the most famous. I liked the duality of their relationship. When something goes wrong, the mighty Thor blames Loki by default, and the first thing h Thor does is grab his brother by the throat. If Loki is innocent, then Thor does the next thing that he always does: he asks Loki for help. Their rivalry and camaraderie are unmatched. When Loki steals the golden hair of Thor's wife, he has to go and get another one, or risk Thor's eternal anger. When Thor loses his hammer, it is Loki that helps him get it back. Their relationship is fascinating, and it fueled countless stories to this day.

I wonder what will live on as myths from our time. Will the mobile phone be remembered as a symbol of human connection? Will our cars and houses forever be a beacon of individual wealth and freedom? I believe the world will change soon. Humans won't live as we do now. I wonder how we'll be remembered, we who live in this age of post-myth and who are too busy to weave our own stories.

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By Vlad Fratila

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