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According to Marvel's movieverse version of 'Thor', the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, lead by their king Laufey, attacked Tonsberg, Norway in 965 A.D., bent on the conquest of Earth. But they were opposed by Odin and the warriors of Asgard who defeated them in battle. At the end of that battle and after the Frost Giants were driven back to Jotunheim, Odin '...


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I found this reference in a New York Times article from 1997, some 4 years before American Gods was published. Darth Vader: Mr. Lucas went back to the Dutch root for father to arrive at a name that approximates ''Dark Father.'' Vader's original name is Anakin Skywalker. Anakin is a variation on a race of giants in Genesis, and Skywalker is an ...


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Loki had many appellations including: Lokimotion, Loptr, Loke, the Sly One, the Trickster, the Shape Changer, and the Sky Traveler. It is this last one I suspect Gaiman is using license and changing it to Skywalker. I don't think it is in relationship to Star Wars. In an article on UnrealFacts.com we learn: Luke Skywalker's original name was Luke ...


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This sounds like Heimdall. The scene with the woman in the stocks: was the first of the three skill tests at the start of the game, in which the player's performance would determine the maximum skill level of adventurers who would join the party. In that test, the player had to throw axes to cut the woman's braids. The other two skill tests were ...


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It was hinted as far back as Thor #300 (October 1980) that the Asgardians might not be gods but god-like aliens who resided in nearby dimensions, attempting to protect the Earth from extra-terrestrial threats such as the cosmic space-gods, the unknowable Celestials. The first gathering of the Council of Godheads, to combat the imminent threat of the alien ...


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I found it. Literally. It was in a box of books I lent to my parents, that my mom returned after I asked if they remembered this. Anyway: The Gods of War: Introducing TEK: Lord of Battle The titular Tek is the new god I described. And it turns out Gandalf'sFISTS was correct; it was Hell, not Hel; the story in question is Dispatches From Valhalla by ...


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Sounds like it could be The Long Twilight by Keith Laumer as a standalone book in 1969. From BooksForABuck.com review - "For hundreds of years, Grayle and Falconer have battled across Earth. Their conflict has created myth (Falconer is also knows as Loki, Grayle as Thor) but has been largely personal until now." Currently available in an omnibus edition ...


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In all honesty, the original Norse stories don't have anything coming close to childhood. As with many other mythologies, the childhoods of the gods are only addressed when convenient. Each Asgardian ages at his or her own pace, so there's no real answer to this.


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This is a shot in the dark, but is it Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer? The Sea of Trolls is set in Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia, and the mythical realm of Jotunheim. The Jack Crookleg, the main character of the book is being trained by a famous skald (bard) named Dragon Tongue. About 10 chapters into the book he and his younger sister, Lucy, are ...


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The original mythology of the Asgardians DID have tales of Thor and Loki as young adults adventuring all over Asgard. This was before Thor had Mjolnir and he and Loki were still friends (or at least friendly). They used Thor's magic chariot pulled by goats to travel throughout the kingdom of Asgard and its associated lands. As to the aging rate of immortal ...


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Tolkien was explicitly attempting to replicate the basic mythical mode of the Norse Sagas. Several of them have parallels in structure. LOTR as an allegory for World War I or II is often academically explored. The professor himself flatly denied any allegory, but there is a strong resonance that is best described as an "unintended allegory" - that is, the ...


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A (very) early episode of RadioLab explores some of the similarities between Wagner and Tolkien. It's a good listen. The episode talks about the connection to Norse mythology and the fact that Tolkien borrowed the Ring motif that Wagner added. There's not much to it past the first few minutes (other than an awesome discussion with Howard Shore about the ...


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The old norse myths contains descriptions of many things the gods do, up to and including the Final Battle, Ragnarok. Now, Ragnarok hasn't happened yet, so clearly the old story tellers were prophets that could see the future. So, they foretold Thor and Loki long before they were born.


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In The Truth of History (2008), Thor can be seen here: Meaning, Thor visited Egypt during the construction of Pyramids (2630 and 664 BC). So, when Asgardians' battles with frost giants on Earth in the 10th century AD happened, Thor wasn't a baby. As for the Loki, it may look like plot inconsistency of MCU, but Marvel's official database never said that ...


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