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A pantheon of deities worshipped by pre-Christian Europeans throughout what is now Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

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What inspired the Tolkienesque elves?

Middle Earth has basically 2 types of Elves, the "High Elves" (Noldor, Vanyar) and the "Wood Elves" (Lotholrien) But all of them have similar characteristics of Long face Sharp ...
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Do the Norse gods exist in Star Trek?

An episode of the original Star Trek, Who Mourns for Adonais, establishes that the Greek gods exist in the Star Trek universe. If the Greek gods exist, then that makes me wonder if the Norse gods do ...
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Little girl goes to Asgard to return Freya's necklace

This is a long shot, but does anyone happen to know what this children's book is? I'm not 100% sure about any of the following details, but here they are. A little girl went up to Asgard, the home of ...
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Book about young girl meeting Odin, the Oracle, Loki and many more

I read this about 10-12 years ago (as a kid and a German version) but the book got lost while moving. Essentially the story revolved around this girl in a Norse village, who keeps meeting this one ...
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Short story: Norse command generation(?) or battleship at war

Short story: Generation(?) or battleship based on Norse myth culture. Read in last 15 years, perhaps in The Year's Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois. Not a sure if it was a generation ship ...
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In American Gods is the Myths of the gods, something that happened, or something that emerged as a belief?

One of the central themes of American god lore is that Gods, like Wednesday, Mr.Nancy, Chernobog were made out of people's beliefs. and their existence is tied to the devotion of their followers. But ...
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In American Gods, is there another version of the gods in their native lands?

In chapter 6, Wednesday says to the council of old gods, When the people came to America they brought us with them. So what happened to the lands that they left? Do they no longer have gods? Or ...
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YA fiction novel about a boy who discovered the power of runes as seen in Norse mythology

I'm looking for a book I read as a teen, it was about a boy (his sister became a main character as well) (modern day) who discovered the power of runes as seen in Norse mythology.
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Norse mythology video game with someone trapped by their hair

I think I saw this reviewed in an issue of Video Games & Computer Entertainment on the early 90s. I think it was an adventure game. It was set in a Norse mythology setup, although I want to say ...
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Short story collection about ancient gods in modern times

I need help identifying a book I read in the 90s or early aughts. My Google-fu has failed me. Help me StackExchange, you're my only hope. Anyway... Here's what I remember. Like the title says, it ...
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Book with Norse gods and runes

I remember reading this Trilogy about 8 years ago (2008) that was set in a Norse world with Nordic Gods, frost giants and all that. It was old-timey, like in the Viking period. I don't think the gods ...
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When was Thor first portrayed as an advanced alien, not a god?

As so many fans are so fond of pointing out, the Asgardians in the MCU are not actually gods, but rather a super-advanced alien race. Their "magic" is merely technology, their lives are limited. Any ...
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Did Gaiman make up "Loki Skywalker", or does he have a source for it?

In Neil Gaiman's works, Loki has a tendency to refer to himself as "Skywalker" or "Sky Walker". Some examples: I am the mother to Odin's stallion, Sleipnir. I am the father of Fenrir sun-eater ...
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What makes Thor "worthy" to lift the Mjolnir? [duplicate]

How is "worthiness" defined in the context of lifting the Mjolnir? What makes Thor worthy to lift the Mjolnir?
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How did humans know about Thor and Loki?

In Thor (2011), it's heavily implied or stated that Norse mythology is based on the Asgardians' battles with frost giants on Earth in the tenth century AD. How were gods like Thor and Loki part of the ...
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At what point are Asgardians considered full grown? [closed]

I know the people of Asgard are not technically immortal, and that they have their means of staying alive for thousands of years. My question is, how do they age in their initial stages of life? Do ...
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Why is the use of lightning in modern day characters usually associated with villains and/or with being bad? [closed]

Think about it: Electro from Spiderman, the Emperor from Star Wars, Zuko's sister Princess Azula from the Airbender series all use lightning and are considered almost explicitly to be bad. I'm sure ...
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Mythical parallels for Tolkien's stories [closed]

Edit: Since this question was too broad, I'll center it specifically in Norse mythology (Eddas and Sagas) and only in episodes or motifs in the Silmarillion. Not in the general conception but just in ...
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Short story including aliens who are identified with Loki and Thor (from anthology c. 1970)

I ready this in an anthology in about 1972. The title may have been a reference to Twilight of the Gods or Ragnarok. If I remember correctly, an alien lands on earth fleeing from imprisonment. The ...
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