History Characters / NorseMythology

20th Mar '17 6:05:51 PM VutherA
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* SuicideIsPainless: Well, not exactly as the trope name says, but a pretty similar end result - there are accounts that say those who commit suicide would also be accepted by Odin in the afterlife, and this could be seen as preferable to dying in one's sleep and having to go to the dull domain of Hel. It's possible this interpretation arose later as Scandinavia eventually tended more to be peaceful in history and made it progressively less likely for warriors to meet their end on the battlefield.

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* SuicideIsPainless: Well, not exactly as the trope name says, but a pretty similar end result - there are accounts that say those who commit suicide would also be accepted by Odin in the afterlife, afterlife (along with the well-known "dying in battle" reason), and this could be seen as preferable to dying in one's sleep and having to go to the dull duller domain of Hel. It's possible this interpretation arose later as Scandinavia eventually tended more to be peaceful in history and made it progressively less likely for warriors to meet their end on the battlefield.
20th Mar '17 6:04:29 PM VutherA
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* SuicideIsPainless: Well, not exactly as the trope name says, but a pretty similar end result - there are accounts that say those who commit suicide would also be accepted by Odin in the afterlife, and this could be seen as preferable to dying in one's sleep and having to go to the dull domain of Hel. It's possible this interpretation arose later as Scandinavia eventually tended more to be peaceful in history and made it progressively less likely for warriors to meet their end on the battlefield.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Isn't a malevolent goddess ''per se'', despite what people may think, and keeps her word when she gives it. Hel is refered to as a dark and shady place, but a peaceful one.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Isn't a malevolent goddess ''per se'', despite what people may think, and keeps her word when she gives it. Hel is refered referred to as a dark and shady place, but a peaceful one.
18th Feb '17 4:05:35 PM Generality
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* IconicItem: His spear Gungnir is among the most famous weapons in the mythos, probably second only to Mjolnir.
* IconicOutfit: Is known for the wide-brimmed hat he wears when in disguise. He's often depicted with a scarf or eyepatch to cover his missing eye, as well.


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* IconicItem: His hammer Mjolnir is ''the'' iconic symbol of the mythos, historically used by worshipers of the Norse gods to mark their faith, and probably the most famous mythological weapon worldwide that isn't a sword.
18th Feb '17 3:57:24 PM Generality
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* GoodIsNotNice: It's arguable if he's even good, but being the head of a group that steadfastly opposes trolls, monsters, and other forces of chaos makes him the good guy by default. However, he's absolutely unscrupulous in the pursuit of his aims, willing to betray any ideal or any individual if it means protecting and strengthening Valhalla.
15th Jan '17 11:52:29 PM Hjortron18
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The heroic [[TheDragonslayer dragonslayer]] who with the aid of his fosterfather Reginn and [[DivineParantage ancestor Odin]] slew Fafnir and got the girl. But, because [[HumansAreBastards people can act like figurative dragons]] he was slain in his bed by a boy, [[KickTheDog manipulated]] by his brothers in law.

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The heroic [[TheDragonslayer dragonslayer]] who with the aid of his fosterfather Reginn and [[DivineParantage [[DivineParentage ancestor Odin]] slew Fafnir and got the girl. But, because [[HumansAreBastards people can act like figurative dragons]] he was slain in his bed by a boy, [[KickTheDog manipulated]] by his brothers in law.



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: After drinking Fafnir's blood. The bird's then warn him of [[UngreatfulBastard Reginn's betreyal]].

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: After drinking Fafnir's blood. The bird's then warn him of [[UngreatfulBastard [[UngratefulBastard Reginn's betreyal]].
6th Jan '17 11:44:25 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TwoFaced: A possible interpretation of her, though her description in the texts is pretty vague - some have taken it to mean she's actually [[FreudWasRight withered below the waist]][[note]]like a pale faced corpse while the body fluids drip down turning the lower parts black, get your head out of the gutter[[/note]].

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* TwoFaced: A possible interpretation of her, though her description in the texts is pretty vague - some have taken it to mean she's actually [[FreudWasRight withered below the waist]][[note]]like waist[[note]]like a pale faced corpse while the body fluids drip down turning the lower parts black, get your head out of the gutter[[/note]].
3rd Jan '17 3:47:21 PM ILikeRobots
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!'''Ull'''

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!'''Ull'''!'''Ullr'''



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Ull" vs "Ullr" comes up frequently.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Ull" vs "Ullr" comes up frequently.
PrettyBoy: He's described as this in the ''Prose Edda''.



The wife of Thor and mother of Ull. She was the goddess of corn, and possibly fertility. Unfortunately, not much is known about her in the present.

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The wife of Thor and mother of Ull.Ullr. She was the goddess of corn, and possibly fertility. Unfortunately, not much is known about her in the present.
3rd Jan '17 3:40:09 PM ILikeRobots
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* DisapearedDad: The identity of his father is unknown.

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* DisapearedDad: DisappearedDad: The identity of his father is unknown.
3rd Jan '17 3:31:14 PM ILikeRobots
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* AnimalMotifs: Cats

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* AnimalMotifs: CatsCats.



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: She had dreams of Baldr's death just as he did. They're what spurred her into making him (almost) invulnerable.



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: He is the god of beauty, is usually described as being handsome, and is heavily associated with goodness.
* BishieSparkle: Some sources say that he is so beautiful that he literally ''glows'' with light.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: He is the god of beauty, is usually described as being handsome, and is heavily associated with goodness.
* BishieSparkle: Some sources say that he is He's said to be so beautiful that he literally ''glows'' with light.light.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: He had dreams of his death, along with his mother.



* NiceGuy: He's described as the "fairest spoken" and "most gracious" of the gods in the ''Prose Edda''.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: And the only god to manage it without [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu breaking their arm in the process]]

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* ActionSurvivor: One of the survivors of Ragnarok.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: And the only god to manage it without [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu breaking their arm in the process]]process]].



* ActionSurvivor: Survives Ragnarok.



* ThoseTwoGuys: With Víðarr

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* ThoseTwoGuys: With Víðarr
Víðarr.



Mostly [[LoveGoddess a love goddess]] and fertility goddess, but also is connected to bloodthirst, as Odin made her the commander of Valkyries and the goddess of magic and witches. Along with Freyr, her twin brother, she is a fertility goddess. Also the patron of warrioresses and witches. Her name is the origin for the word for "lady" in several Germanic languages. In Scandinavia, Friday is named after her (''Fredag'')

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Mostly [[LoveGoddess a love goddess]] and fertility goddess, but also is connected to bloodthirst, as Odin made her the commander of Valkyries and the goddess of magic and witches. Along with Freyr, her twin brother, she is a fertility goddess. Also the patron of warrioresses and witches. Her name is the origin for the word for "lady" in several Germanic languages. In Scandinavia, Friday is named after her (''Fredag'')(''Fredag'').



* AmazonBrigade: Her Valkyries.

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* AmazonBrigade: Her Valkyries.Valkyries..



* AllWitchesHaveCats: The ur-example.

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* AllWitchesHaveCats: The ur-example.UrExample.



* SlutShaming: Subverted in the Lokasenna, where Loki attempts to slut shame Freyja, only for her father Njord to defend her by saying that there is nothing wrong with a married woman having a lover. [[IncestYayShipping Said lover in question happened to be]] [[BrotherSisterIncest Freyr.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: In a NeverLiveItDown moment, she slept with four dwarf siblings in the course of a night in exchange for a necklace she wanted, though [[Literature/SorlisTale this particular story]], is very likely a Christian addition, making it yet another early case of {{demonization}} by slanderous SlutShaming... That said, she really ''did'' get around alot.

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* SlutShaming: Subverted in the Lokasenna, ''Lokasenna,'' where Loki attempts to slut shame Freyja, only for her father Njord to defend her by saying that there is nothing wrong with a married woman having a lover. [[IncestYayShipping Said lover in question happened to be]] [[BrotherSisterIncest Freyr.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: In a NeverLiveItDown moment, she slept with four dwarf siblings in the course of a night in exchange for a necklace she wanted, though [[Literature/SorlisTale this particular story]], is very likely a Christian addition, making it yet another early case of {{demonization}} by slanderous SlutShaming... That said, she really ''did'' get around alot.
a lot.


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* DisapearedDad: The identity of his father is unknown.
3rd Jan '17 1:28:21 PM AgentSniff
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Mostly occurred due to later writers missing that there are two distinctly different entities in Norse mythology named Loki and then further conflating the stories and linking them incorrectly, creating even more confusion. On top of that, some of the myths written later appear out of nowhere and contradict the earlier versions. For example, in the original form of the myth about Baldur's death Loki is never even mentioned, let alone involved. There is also no reason to believe there was ever a standard canon, let alone one that synced up understandings across different population centers. A major theme of Loki in the recorded stories seems to be that '[[AnAesop it is dangerous to let someone into your kinship group who might cause trouble, even if he's useful and you like him a lot.]]' This is unlikely to have been part of his original conception.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Mostly occurred due to later writers missing that there are two distinctly different entities in Norse mythology named Loki and then further conflating the stories and linking them incorrectly, creating even more confusion. On top of that, some of the myths written later appear out of nowhere and contradict the earlier versions. For example, in the original form of the myth about Baldur's death Loki is never even mentioned, let alone involved.and his involvement is very unclear. There is also no reason to believe there was ever a standard canon, let alone one that synced up understandings across different population centers. A major theme of Loki in the recorded stories seems to be that '[[AnAesop it is dangerous to let someone into your kinship group who might cause trouble, even if he's useful and you like him a lot.]]' This is unlikely to have been part of his original conception.



** Note that most of the Germanic sources are very scarce and often are second or third hand sources leaving out many gods, so Loki's status could merely be a case of lack of [[MissingEpisode evidence]]. Same goes for the Frejya/Frigg debate.

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** Note that Then most of the Germanic sources are very scarce and often are second or third hand sources leaving out many gods, so Loki's status could merely be a case of lack of [[MissingEpisode evidence]]. Same goes for the Frejya/Frigg debate.



* EvilGloating: Many people notes that the in the older sources (Lokasenna) Loki is tied up and put under the snake for insulting all the gods at a party. Then at said party Loki puts salt in the wound of Tyr by gloating how his son (Fenrir) bit off Tyr's hand and then to Frigg's face that he was responsible for the death of her son, Baldr.



* FaceHeelTurn: When his pranks go too far and result in Baldur being KilledOffForReal, the gods imprison Loki in a cave with a serpent dripping venom into his face for eternity. When Loki breaks free, [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil he will not]] [[{{Gotterdammerung}} be happy]].

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* FaceHeelTurn: When his pranks go too far and result in Baldur Baldr being KilledOffForReal, the gods imprison Loki in a cave with a serpent dripping venom into his face for eternity. When Loki breaks free, [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil he will not]] [[{{Gotterdammerung}} be happy]].



** In someways, he is a shadow image of Odin, with all his bad sides UpToEleven.



* SlutShaming: He sure likes to point out how slutty the other godesses are. Suprisingly, considering the times, Njord has no issue with married women having affairs and defends his daughter Freyja by saying that she has done nothing wrong.



* MeaningfulName: Fenrir means "fen-dweller". Sometimes he is called ''Fenrisulfr'' which means "the fen-wolf".



* {{Archenemy}}: To Thor.

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* {{Archenemy}}: To Thor. He does fit in a pan-european-north african-indo-motif about a beastly serpent/dragon fighting the sky god.



** The original myths state that there are four afterlives (possibly even more). Those who die in battle go to Valhalla and Folkvagnr to prepare for Ragnarok. Those who drown belong to Ran. Those who die of sickness or old age go to Hel, which is dull and dreary, but not a bad place. Those who die after committing what the Norse regarded as sins[[note]]defined as actual transgressions, rather than the Jewish/Christian/Muslim definition of spiritual shortcomings[[/note]] (such as oathbreaking) are punished by being sent to Na-strond, which is described as a monstrous fortress, located somewhere in Hel, woven from the poison-dripping skeletons of serpents, situated behind several deadly rivers, and where the damned wade through sucking blood and have nothing to drink but the urine supplied by a herd of foul-tempered black goats that roam the fortress. Some versions of the myths even state that Na-strond is where [[EldritchAbomination Níðhöggr]] goes to get his meals.

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** The original myths state that there are four afterlives (possibly even more). Those who die in battle go to Valhalla and Folkvagnr to prepare for Ragnarok. Those who drown belong to Ran. Those who die of sickness or old age go to Hel, which is dull and dreary, but not a bad place. Those who die after committing what the Norse regarded as sins[[note]]defined as actual transgressions, rather than the Jewish/Christian/Muslim definition of spiritual shortcomings[[/note]] (such as oathbreaking) oathbreaking and murder) are punished by being sent to Na-strond, which is described as a monstrous fortress, located somewhere in Hel, woven from the poison-dripping skeletons of serpents, situated behind several deadly rivers, and where the damned wade through sucking blood and have nothing to drink but the urine supplied by a herd of foul-tempered black goats that roam the fortress. Some versions of the myths even state that Na-strond is where [[EldritchAbomination Níðhöggr]] goes to get his meals.



* AllThereInTheManual: You have to read both ''Thorsten Vikingsson's Saga'' and ''Frithiof's Saga'' to connect all the dotes of his story. You would not realise the point of [=Æ=]gir giving him the ship Ellida, if you don't know [=Æ=]gir is Viking's uncle.

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* AllThereInTheManual: You have to read both ''Thorsten Vikingsson's Saga'' and ''Frithiof's Saga'' to connect all the dotes of his story. You would not realise the point of [=Æ=]gir giving him the ship Ellida, if you don't know [=Æ=]gir is Viking's uncle.uncle, and you would only know that by reading both sagas.
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