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In American Gods, is there another version of the gods in their native lands?

In the appendix to the novel, it's made clear that people carry their gods with them and that when they alight in a new place, those gods are made anew in the image of the old god. There's an Odin in ...
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Why do Marvel prefer Norse Gods and DC the Greek pantheon?

The short answer seems to be that while none of the various gods are copyrighted, DC got there first, in the 1940s, with their depiction of Wonder Woman and the (more familiar) Greek gods that were ...
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In American Gods, is there another version of the gods in their native lands?

When the gods came to America, they did not leave their original lands. Depending how you look at it, the gods either sent a version of themselves abroad, or they left versions of themselves behind. ...
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Is there a real-world mythological counterpart to WoW's "kill your gods for power" theme?

I believe at the root of this is the notion of "that which you eat you will gain the strength/speed/inteligence/power of." Draining the power of Gods in WoW would be the equivalent of eating ...
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What is the first known work of fantasy or legend to feature a magic sword?

There are almost certainly much older examples, but this was the one I first thought of- slightly older than the stories of Excalibur: The sword Beowulf uses to kill Grendel's mother. According to ...
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Did wizards of the coast invent aasimars?

The term "aasimar" was invented solely by TSR. The Oxford English Dictionary does not list it, and I also recall Usenet discussions with some Planescape designers and/or play testers where it was ...
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Why don't Thor's goats appear in the MCU?

Thor Odinson's goats do appear in the comic Marvel Universe. Recently when he lost access to Mjolnir (which in the Marvel Universe is how he gains the power of flight) he was forced to return to his ...
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Old movie similar to Clash of Titans (1981) but with Romans

It could be GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON (1960) Plot A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

Mouse, as a Foo Dog, is a scion. In human terms in the Dresdenverse, that usually means half-mortal, half-supernatural, or some other mix like that. In this case, Mouse is a mix of a divine guardian ...
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Is there a real-world mythological counterpart to WoW's "kill your gods for power" theme?

There is an elephant in the room which I am going to address. Yes, there is an example. Christianity. You may have heard of it. Christianity believes that through the death of their god, humanity ...
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Is there a real-world mythological counterpart to WoW's "kill your gods for power" theme?

The story of Kvasir comes to mind. In Norse mythology, Kvasir was a being born of the saliva of the Æsir and the Vanir, two groups of gods. Extremely wise, Kvasir traveled far and wide, teaching ...
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What is the first known work of fantasy or legend to feature a magic sword?

I can beat Asi by 2599 years with a fairly boring answer. Wikipedia states (without citation) that "It is probable that the roots of the sentient weapon myths stem from ancient peoples belief that ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

A quick word of "god/Jim" about mouse Basically: Foo dogs gain strength based on what treshold they are set to guard. At that point in the story, Mouse is garding the Carpenter's home. You know, the ...
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Do the Norse gods exist in Star Trek?

In a word, yes. The Norse gods are (for the most part) assumed to be mythical in the series and EU novels, but in the ToS Novel Gods Above we encounter the "Old Father" a powerful godlike ...
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Is there a real-world mythological counterpart to WoW's "kill your gods for power" theme?

In previous fantasy, there's lots of examples, for example from the D&D Forgotten Realms setting from 1990s. During The Time of Troubles, mortals kill gods, in some cases to steal their powers. ...
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Science fiction/Mythology story/author that may have been in the back of a Michael Moorcock book

Note: this answer is incorrect; it's a short story called "The Stone Thing" by Moorcock himself, in Elric at the End of Time. See my other answer. I thought this was Randall Garett's ...
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What we we know about the source of the light in the Two Trees of Valinor?

It is not specifically stated that the Trees used the light of the Lamps. The Valar Yavanna sung them into existence, their light source was their own, with no mention of usage of the lamps existing ...
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French folklore: giants trying to raise a ladder into Heaven to overthrow God

There's a reference to La Crau (or rather the plain of La Crau) in the catchily titled 'Remarks on several parts of Europe, relating chiefly to their antiquities and history : collected upon the spot ...
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Which of the Eternals were based on mythological characters?

Sersi: Circe, Greek enchantress Ikaris: Icarus, Greek who flew too close to the sun Thena: Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom Ajak: ? Ajax — a hero of Homer’s Iliad & Trojan War. In Homer's Iliad he ...
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Why don't Thor's goats appear in the MCU?

Thor’s goats have finally made their MCU debut But they are not from Asgard, as in Norse mythology. They are from a planet called Indigarr, which Thor visited in Thor: Love and Thunder. There, he ...
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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

I've found a blog that dates the practice to the Victorian era - In Victorian children's literature, fairies were responsible for painting the flowers, decorating the autumn leaves, or bringing ...
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Is the monster Godzilla based on an old myth/legend?

Godzilla (aka Gojira) was designed in 1954 by Teizo Toshimitsu and Akira Watanabe under Eiji Tsuburaya's supervision. The first draft of the original 1954 Godzilla movie was simply called "...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

People always seem to neglect this part when asking about Mouse (From Ghost Story): Uriel stood over us, smiling down, but said nothing. "Missed you, too, boy," I said. "Just . . . kind of ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

There is another salient point which has ignored, or simply left out. Dresden's fairy godmother, Lea, in Changes was threatened with death by Mouse. Her response was that Mouse was far from his base ...
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Ragnarok in space?

Project Millennium (1987) by Curtis H. Hoffmann "After long generations of peace, a kind of nostalgia has come to Muspell's Planet. And so some carnage is to be staged as 'entertainment' --- ...
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Japanese Wedding Chant from Ghost in the Shell

From a Japanese friend who is an anthropologist specializing in music: This chant (both text and melody) is not a folk song, but written by Kawai. Its Japanese title "Utai" usually means a genre ...
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Is the "I Ya" myth in Xenocide based on a real Chinese myth?

Yes, this individual (also known as Yi-Ya or 易牙) appears to have existed. The story is much as described. As a final example nearly 4000 years ago during the Shang Dynasty, the Chinese cook I-ya was ...
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Is there any fantasy backing to a viper turning into a magical horse, as shown in King's Quest II?

The Kings Quest Wiki entry for the Bridle mentions two possible sources: One Romanian fairy tale known as The Fairy Aurora (which appears in Andrew Lang's Violet Fairy book from Andrew Lang's Fairy ...
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