All cultures have heroes and heroines who are present in a variety of myths and legends. But what exactly does it take to be a hero? A hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities. Thor and Hercules are both perfect examples of heroes. Both heroes are from completely different cultures. Thor is from Norse mythology and Hercules is from Greek mythology. Despite their different cultures, they share many similarities. Although Hercules is from Greek mythology and Thor is from Norse mythology, the two heroes have many legends about their lives that make them heroic, reveal their culture, and exhibit similar archetypal elements.
When analyzing Norse mythology and other religions like Christianity, There is a high proof that the ending of norse started the beginning of Christianity and therefore the two are related.
Odin only has one eye; it blazes like the sun. He gave his other eye for a drink from the Well of Wisdom. Odin has a spear, Gungnir, that never misses its target. He owns an eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, two wolves, Geri and Freki, and two raven, Huginn and Muninn. Wednesday is named after him (pantheon/odin).
Beowulf has delighted and intrigued a wide array of people for centuries. The timeless nature is visible in modern-day extensions of this epic, through heroics and battles of good versus malevolent forces. Beowulf continues to appeal to sophisticated audiences because it tells the story of a great hero prevailing over evil, a timeless theme valued by society and portrayed by his counterparts in modern media, although these new heroes display more complex qualities.
There was a misleading image of the Vikings that made them be known as pagans with a hatred of the Christian Church. What some people failed to realize was that the Vikings had many gods and found it to be no problem accepting Christian god alongside their own. The Vikings encountered with Christianity through their raids, and as they began to settle in lands with a Christian population, they also could adapt to Christianity much quicker. The Vikings had 14 major Gods. Their appreciation is the cosmos is divided into three main levels which are, Asgard, Aesir, which is also the upper level where the major gods such as Odin, along with the fertility gods, and the light levels lived. Midgard was known to be the middle level where dwarves, giants, men, and even the dark elves lived. Niflheim was known to be the lower level, and well known as the underworld. They called Niflheim the world of the evil dead because this was where the evil dead died the second death in the fortress city of Hel. Yggdrasil was known to be above
Norse Mythology’s creation started with a giant named Ymir. He emerged from the ground and grew very large from cow’s milk. In time, the god Buri and his wife appeared and gave birth to Bor and Bor’s son was named Odin. Ymir, was evil, and the gods didn’t like it, so they killed him, making his huge body form the earth. His blood became the sea, his flesh became land, his bones became mountains, his hair became the trees, and his
An important point on the subject of Odin remains that unlike the Christian God, Norse gods such as Odin are fallible. They show bias towards specific mortals and often act out of their best interest. Often times, advice given by such gods has selfish intent and only serves as the means to which the god creates his ultimate end.
The Vikings lived in Scandinavia and they worshiped many gods. The Vikings believed that different gods were responsible for different areas of daily life. There were gods for harvests, love, family and war, and that they don’t just have to rely on one god. It is thought that the Vikings made animal or human sacrifices to the gods to get something they needed, such as a good harvest or success in a battle. For example if they needed
However, the three most important were: Odin who was the God of warriors, wisdom, and even poetry, Thor who was the God of thunder, farmers, and seafarers, and Frey, who was the God of fertility, marriage, and things that grew. They believed that their Gods walked among them every day in the human form. I think that their religion is really fascinating because each of their Gods has a backstory and I find listening to their stories to be really magical. I have heard many stories about the way their Gods were, but living in that time to hear their stories and experience it in person would be
They were used every single day in their lives and were a big key to their happiness. They practiced a pagan, polytheistic religion, meaning they held beliefs other than those of the main world religions and worshipped multiple gods. “A page from an early copy of the ‘Johnsbok,’ which dates from a time after the Vikings had become Christians” (Grant 10). The Vikings believed that if warriors died in battle, their souls would be taken to Valhalla, Odin’s “hall of slain” in Asgard. There, the dead warriors would train for Ragnarok, the last battle between gods and evil monsters. The Vikings believed that when good people died they went to Asgard to join the gods. Their faith was very was strong and they were confident in it. Vikings had people called gothi, who are similar to present day priests. They ran all religious ceremonies and were in charge of sacrifices. They Vikings sacrificed animals, objects, and even humans. The human scarifies were usually Thrall slaves. They showed their dedication to their gods by doing so. Their dead ancestors were honored with food and gift
If one is familiar with the “Thrymskvitha”, then they know that Loki, the god of mischief, steals Mjolnir, the hammer which belongs to the god of thunder, Thor, and gives it to Thrym, the Jotunn king. The giant king, in turn, wants Freyja, the goddess of love, to give him her hand in marriage. Freyja refuses to do this, and in a twist of fate for the god of thunder, he is convinced by Heimdall to adorn Freyja’s bridal gown and travel to the hall of the Jotunn king to reclaim his stolen hammer. Once the Jotunn king brings out the hammer to
In mutiple times in the movie, there was reference to the Norse Gods, Odin and Thor. Stoick the Vast, leader of the village spoke it in an expression of happiness, “OH, THOR ALMIGHTY!” At another scene, Gobber, a viking warrior missing his hand and
Asgard is sometimes known as Asgarth. It is the realm of the gods and the home of both the Aesir and Vanir. Is is ruled by Odin, the leader of the Norse deities. It is located in the heavens, but is connected to earth by a bridge, known as Bifrost, sometimes referred to as a rainbow. There is also a route from Asgard to the underworld, the domain of Hel. Valhalla, a hall within Asgard, was the palace for fallen kings, warriors who had died in battle and heroes.