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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 Norway and an Odin (Wednesday) in America at the same time but they're not the same being. The old man nodded slowly. He said, “My people went from here to ...


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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. Originally the two versions were (almost) the same, they may even have remained the same for a while, but over time they diverged. It was more than a hundred ...


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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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Could this be "Twilight of the Gods" by John C. Wright? This was published in 2009 in a collection called "Federations" edited by John Joseph Adams. I have not read it myself, but according to an interview with the author: The story springs from two roots. First, this is my attempt to tell the story of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs in space, complete ...


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This could be Runemarks, a 2007 novel by Joanne Harris. The story follows a young girl who is ostracised by the others in her village due to her having a runemark on her left hand. During the story she meets up with a one-eyed trader that she later discovers to be Odin and performs magic in the cellar of an inn to stop an influx of goblins. The synopsis ...


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This sounds like Heimdall. The scene with the woman in the stocks: It 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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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 being that claims to have been a contemporary of Apollo. He evidently portrayed a bunch of different fatherly gods during his periodic visits to Earth. “I have a ...


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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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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 Starkiller....


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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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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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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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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 captured ...


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Casey indicated in the comments that they believe the book to be The Runestone Saga, by Chris Humphreys. The first book, The Fetch, published in 2006, has Sky and his cousin finding Norwegian runes belonging to their grandfather. In the attic, in an old sea chest, secreted away, are a mysterious journal and a set of runes: 24 stones that will change Sky's ...


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Partial match to Northworld by David Drake, in which the eponymous planet has lost its all-powerful leader and is missing from the "Consensus". A human police officer is recruited by the non-human controllers of the Consensus to find out what happened. The officer is sent to the world where he finds a blending of mental abilities that enable him to move ...


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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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