#1
Well I felt this would be cool and I didn't see it as a waste of time as the religion thread is more about modern religions I thought talking about ancient mythology would be cool. The coolest one in my opinion is Norse mythology as it isn't a good evil thing but instead the gods aren't really perfect but just want to survive Ragnarok. I find mythology fascinating and wondering how many others felt the same.
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#2
Norse mythology is so metal.

Also, Zeus was a pimp
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Norse mythology is so metal.
Zeus was a pimp


Zeus was Greek Odin is the equivalent of Zeus in Norse Mythology.
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Zeus was Greek Odin is the equivalent of Zeus in Norse Mythology.

Yeah I know those were two unrelated statements
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#7
I thought Greek mythology was awesome when I was a kid.

The idea that gods would come and walk amoung us was cool.
#8
Mythology > Sex

The celts were pretty badass (even tho its similar to Norse)

THE DAGHDAH

i mean cmon, they called him THE Daghdah.

and the Wicker Man was downright ****in evil
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#9
Well, Greek Mythology is quite fascinating, I've been studying it for ages since I'm Half Greek..

Don't be mistaken, Hercules and Zena don't represent ancient Greek mythology, the frist episode of Hercules was 10% accurate the others were plain stupid and had nothing to do with Greece nor Greek mythology.
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#10
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Mythology > Sex

The celts were pretty badass (even tho its similar to Norse)

THE DAGHDAH

i mean cmon, they called him THE Daghdah.

and the Wicker Man was downright ****in evil


I've never looked into the Wickerman what does he do? I know there is a movie abut it but it supposedly sucks.
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#11
Old Norse Mythology.
The Old Norse Mythology is rather facinating. The ones aqquinted with the world of Tolkien can to some extent recognize themselves when dealing with this mythology. According to the old tales a man with the name of Gylfe, king of Svithiod, once entered the home of the gods and there he was told how the world begun. He met with three beings which had the names: Hög (High), Tredje (Third) and jämnhög (Even Height or something like that ;-).

They told him how the world had been created and how everything was done. In the beginning there was the abyss (Ginnungagapet), North of this there was Nifelheim, the world of cold where Cold and Darkness rules. Frosty mists rose from the cold well of Hvergelmer. In the south there was the hot Muspelheim, a place where the being Surte ruled with a flaming sword. The mists from Hvergelmer formed the frozen stream of Elivågor which flowed in to the Ginnungagap and filled it with ice. But at the same time flares from Muspelheim fell into the abyss and the falling drops which became the result of the mix of flares and ice formed two giant beings: A cow with the name 'Audhumbla' and a giant named 'Ymer'. Ymer got his food from the cow by means of four mouths which he used to milk the cows four nipples. Audhumbla in turn lived on the white frost ont the rocks.

Her warm breath created a man called Bure wich by some mysterious way managed to get hold of a wife (it is not described how) and they where the first of the Asa dynasty of which Oden, Vile and Ve would be the greatest.

Ymer on his side created several different creatures. From his left arm a lovely couple sprung, from which the three fates Urd, Verdandi, Skuld (Guilt) and the wise Mimer came. His feet on the other hand created a three headed monster wich became the ancestor of the Rimtusarnas evil giant family.

Oden, wich destiny had choosen to become the one who would fullfill the creation, killed the giant Ymer (with help from his two brothers) and used his body as a ground for the new world. His blood became the sea (Where all the Rimtusarnas but one drowned). His skull became the sky. The bones in his sceleton became mountains, his brain the clouds and his tissues was grinded in the great mill 'Grottekvarnen', around whose main axis the universe turned, to become the dirt. The mill was driven by the giantesses Fenja and Menja. Ymers Eyebrows became a wall against the inhabitable surroundings. This new world was called Midgård.

The world down under was divided into three kingdoms each one with its own well. Hvergelmer, Mimers well and Urda well.From the Ginnungagap a large ash with the name 'Ygdrasil' grow. The branches of Ygdrasil covered all the then known world.In Hvergelmer the dragon Nidh”g lies and gnaws on the rots of the tree. Mimers well on the other hand is the well of wisedom, guarded by Mimer, Oden once gave his right eye for a drink of the water in this well.

At Urdawell which is guarded by the three fates the gods have their conferences each day. They ride daily over the bridge Bifrost, a bridge which shimmers in all the colours of the rainbow and is watched by the god Heimdal (also called Rig), nine mothers and nine sisters son and beholder of Gjallarhornet which is nordic tales last trump . Heimdal sleeps lighter than the bird, sees one hundred traveldays in each direction from his castle Himinbjorg and has such sharp hearing that he can hear the grass and the wool grow.

Once when Oden and his brothers where out taking a walk at the shore of the sea in Midgård, he found two Sceptring (?) trees with the names Ask and Embla. They set them free from the earth and gave them blood, power of motion, intelligence, will, fantasy and spirit. They where formed after their own appearence. From this couple the whole humanity evolved. The fate Urd gives every human a being called Fylgia at birth . This being are to follow her throughout his/her life.

Odens wife is called Frigg, and his sons ar called Tor and Balder. Tor is the strongest of the gods and is allways in war with the giants. He is armed with his 'strength belt' Megingjord and the hammer 'Mjölner' which like a boomerang allways return to his hand after a throw. He is travelling through space in a wagon which is pulled by the goats 'Tandgniostr' and 'Tandgrisner'. About his fights with the giants there is a lot of fascinating stories which have the character of folklore tales and which most certainly never have been accepted by the believing. As the god of thunder he enjoyed respectfull worshiping from the believers which can be proved by among other things the surviving names on villages (Thorsvik) and in other words like 'tordön' (The sound of lightning), torsdag (Thursday).

Balder on the other hand was the god of battle but got some of the characteristics of christ when the christian faith became known in the nordic countries. There is no certain proof that he really was the focus for some serious worshipping. Any way, the story about Balder is rather fascinating. In Snorre Sturlassons Edda he was portraied as Balder the kind. He was residing in his stronghold Breidablick. He was the kindest and the justest (?) of the gods. He was therefore loved of all the living beings in the world. Therefore his mother took a promise from all the living not to hurt him and cause of this Balder was invunerable. The gods therefore used him for target pracitizing, the arrows they used just bounced of him. But there where one plant which his mother had forgotten to ask and that was the misteltoe. One of the creatures in the 'inner circle' around the gods was the devious Loke (who really was of a giant family allthough he had been taken up by the gods) who when he realized the mistake made by Balders mother, quickly made an arrow of the misteltoe and instructed Balders blind brother, Höder, to shot it in a certain direction. The arrow hit Balder and he was promptly killed. The following story reminds a bit of the greek story where 'Persefone' and 'Prometheus' get's in more or less the same situation. The chocked gods tried to get Balder back from the kingddom of death. But failed due to the sly Loke which had disguised himself as an old woman with the name Töck. Loke got his punishment, he was caught in the river when he was trying to escape in the shape as a salmon. He was chained with his sons (Nares) Bowels to a rock just under a jut where a viper constantly drips his venom on the poor fellows face. Sigyn, his belowed, stays with him and tries to ease the pain by collecting the venom in a bowl but when the bowl is full and she i away to empty it Loke gets the poison in his face and he trembles in his agony, and with him the rest of the world.

Some of the creatures which stems from Loke is Fenrisulven and Midgårdsormen. Midgårdsormen was thrown in to the sea where he growed rapidly so that he eventually encircled the earth and bit himself in the tail. Fenrisulven on the other hand was adopted by the gods (which proved to be a big mistake). The playful puppy soon growed into a monster which strength and hostility threatened the other gods. Therefore they tried to bind him with a chain (with name Gleipner) made of iron which he promptly ripped apart. They made a new leash made of, among other things, the beard from women, the roots of the mountains, the sound of steps from a cat, the spitt from the bird and other equally rare materials. This very soft and thin rope was shown to Fenrisulven and he was offered to rip it apart. Fenrisulven, which suspeceted foul play, was rather reluctant to take the offer. Only when the god Tyr put his hand in to his mouth did he allow the rope to be pulled over the head. When he found out that he was tricked he thus in anger bit the hand of Tyr and thats the story behind Tyrs:s lost right hand...

There are other gods in the family, Like Brage (The god with the long beard) which sits at home in his fathers stronghold and uses his time to drink beer and write poems. There is 'Forsete', son of Balder, who is the god of justice and lives in the heavenly hall Glitner. The silent Vidar which rules over the lower regions where the last battle will be held.

Njord, son of a allegory daughter to Mimer with the name Natt (Night) and brother to Odens wife Frigg, belongs to a different breed called vanerna and is in the beginning in Asgård as hostage. He is the god of richeness and the protector of sailors. He commands the weather. His wife the skiing Skade is born in the mountains. Therefore she doesn't like beeing in Njords Stronghold 'Noatun' as she can't stand the screaming of the sea gulls. On the other hand Njord can't stand the howling from the wolfs in Skades mountains. Therefore they are living separately. Njords son is named Frej (or frö, and he rules over the fertility on earth. Frö:s sister, Freja (or Fröja) which resides in the castle Folkvang, most fittingly rules over love.

These brothers and sisters have rather complicated marriage relations. But Frejas husband seems to be Svipdag or Hermod while Frej after some persuasion managed to get a fair looking giantess with the name Gerd.

Of the dynasty of the vanerna was furthermore Nanna, which became wife to Balder (she got a chrushed heart when he was killed).

Other gods and godesses comes from the dynasty of elfs which in turn can be divided in to black elfs and light elfs. Only the light elfs are of any importance in this matter.
#12
To this dynasty belongs, among other, the fairheaded Siv, wife of Tor in the wooden castle Bilskirnir (the greatest of all timebered houses) int the land of Trudvang. They had sons with the name of: Magne and Mode. Idun, wife of Brage, which made the wonderfull apples which gave the gods their eternal youth. Ivalde, which in the beginning of time was the guardian against the Rumtusarerna at Elivågor. He had a son , Valand (or as he also was called: Limping Valand or Völand), which was a blacksmith an whom one of the sadest edda stories is about. The seagod Ägir which is related to the giants but neveretheless has good relations to the gods and his wife the unfaithfull Ran which brings unhappiness to the humans.

To the gods one also counts, Billing and Delling, which is the morning glow and the sunset. The young maid Geifon, the litterary Saga which guards the mead of wisdom which comes from the river of Sökvabäck and fills the horn of the moon.
#13
i love greek mythology. the whole idea is fascinating. i know almost all of the gods and other beings.

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#14
Loki is one slick mother ****er
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I've never looked into the Wickerman what does he do? I know there is a movie abut it but it supposedly sucks.


THe wicker man was a statue build of wicker that people were thrown inside of. When there was enough people were in the Wicker Man, it was lit on fire...sacrificial BBQ pretty much.
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Loki is one slick mother ****er


Yeah Loki is pretty sly he was kind of a I only care about myself guy. When he killed Balder that led to Ragnarok (the Norse armagedon)
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Strange, I had to write a poem, and I did it about something.

It fails, but, here it is!

Daedalus' Last Flight by Me!


Fire! Fire!
Came from the burning town
But no one could help;
From the homes burning down.

Apollo watched the murder
From his heavenly palace
He looked down upon one man,
And roared, 'I blame you Daedalus!'

Apollo came crashing from the sky
A gleaming sword in his hand
Daedalus was thrown thrown into the air
Only to crash into the sand

As Daedalus lay dying,
A tear fell down his cheek
As for the lives that have been lost that day,
He could not speak


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#21
Has anybody ever heard the story of how the earth was created according to the Norse. So br00tal.
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#22
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Has anybody ever heard the story of how the earth was created according to the Norse. So br00tal.


Yeah Dotpunk put it down. Odin killed a giant and made his body Earth.
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THe wicker man was a statue build of wicker that people were thrown inside of. When there was enough people were in the Wicker Man, it was lit on fire...sacrificial BBQ pretty much.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicker_man

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#24
Norse mythology = total awesomeness. It beats all the other mythology by far.

I also heard this interesting thing that the Greeks believed every key has its own sound (e.g. C Major = happy, Bb Major = solemn etc.) and it was meant to be part of their mythology or something? 0_o I know, I don't understand myself either.
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Norse mythology = total awesomeness. It beats all the other mythology by far.

I also heard this interesting thing that the Greeks believed every key has its own sound (e.g. C Major = happy, Bb Major = solemn etc.) and it was meant to be part of their mythology or something? 0_o I know, I don't understand myself either.


That is actually pretty cool and kinda makes sense seeing how certain beats can produce a certain mood.
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Norse mythology = total awesomeness. It beats all the other mythology by far.

I also heard this interesting thing that the Greeks believed every key has its own sound (e.g. C Major = happy, Bb Major = solemn etc.) and it was meant to be part of their mythology or something? 0_o I know, I don't understand myself either.


Possibly. I mean, if you look up certain maps of ancient greece you come across all the names of the modes, Locrian, Dorian, Ionian, Phyrigian etc
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Norse mythology = total awesomeness. It beats all the other mythology by far.

I also heard this interesting thing that the Greeks believed every key has its own sound (e.g. C Major = happy, Bb Major = solemn etc.) and it was meant to be part of their mythology or something? 0_o I know, I don't understand myself either.


Yeah Plato said that, I don't know if it was part of their myths though. I love the classical litrature of Greece like the Iliad and Oddessy. The Aeneid is a good Roman equivalent too
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Yeah Plato said that, I don't know if it was part of their myths though. I love the classical litrature of Greece like the Iliad and Oddessy. The Aeneid is a good Roman equivalent too


When you say good....

I thought the Iliad and Aeneid were dire (haven't read the Oddessy) Possibly because I studied them both. Don't get me wrong, I thought some of the metaphors and similes were great but overall, just not that interesting to me.
#31
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Yeah Plato said that, I don't know if it was part of their myths though. I love the classical litrature of Greece like the Iliad and Oddessy. The Aeneid is a good Roman equivalent too


The Odyssey is awesome. Achilles from the Iliad is very similar to Baldur.
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Norse mythology is awesome, especially ragnorak

the whole thing with the wolves eating the sun or whatever is awesome
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