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Happy Thor's Day. I'm trying out a new blog format (thanks to my new critique partner Kris Atkins for the idea). If you really liked the Thor's Day Trivia, don't despair because I will still do that occasionally.


I just finished the YA contemporary The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. I don't normally read contemporary, but I was looking for an example of third person POV with lots of "feels." Thanks to Ashley Leath for the recommendation.


I am working on a new YA fantasy with a working title of Green Eyed Monster. It's about a green-eyed girl who is extremely jealous of others. It's too new to say much else.


I participated in #SFFPit on Twitter this week (for those of you unfamiliar with the hashtag, it is a pitching event for Sci-fi and Fantasy). My 140-character pitch got one favorite from a small press and I gained quite a few followers, so it was definitely worth it.

Sif is a Norse goddess associated with the earth.  She is also Thor's wife. She belongs to the class of newer gods known as the Aesir.

There is not much known about Sif, except for an incident when Loki sneaked into her bedroom and lopped off her beautiful golden locks while she was sleeping. 

Thor was furious and threatened to smash him unless Loki managed to replace the hair. Loki asked the dwarfs to create a golden headpiece as a replacement.  The dwarfs agreed and made a long wave of fine golden strands which Loki gave to Sif.

Along with the headpiece, Loki had the dwarfs produce other gifts to appease the gods: Odin's spear, Freyr's ship Skidbladnir (that can shrink to fit in his pocket), Freyr's golden bristled boar, and the mighty hammer for Thor.

Scholars have proposed that Sif's hair may represent fields of golden wheat and that she may be associated with fertility, family, and wedlock.
Next Thor's Day: another son of Odin, Vidar

Hodur (HOH-der) is the Norse god of winter and darkness.  He is the blind son of Odin and Baldur's twin brother, therefore he belongs to the newer class of gods known as the Aesir.

The sources do not say why Hodur is blind, but scholars suspect it may simply be a representation of darkness and winter. 
In the previous post, you learned how Hodur was tricked by Loki into killing his brother by shooting him with an arrow made of mistletoe.

As a reaction to the murder, Odin fathered a son, the god of vengeance, Vali (pronounced like the English word valley).  Vali grew to adulthood in one day for the sole purpose of slaying Hodur. 

So Hodur joined Baldur in the underworld, which is ruled by the death goddess, Hel. 

Interestingly, all three of the gods in this tragic story (Baldur, Hodur, and Vali) are among the few predicted to survive Ragnarok (the end of the world).

Next Thor's Day: Sif, goddess of the earth and wife of Thor

The Norse god, Baldur (BALD-er) was so handsome, gracious, and cheerful that he actually gave off light.  Baldur is the son of Odin and Frigg, therefore he belongs to the newer class of gods known as the Aesir.

Unlike the immortal Greek gods, Norse gods could and did die. The story of Baldur's death is one of the most famous and one of the most complete in Norse mythology. Here is a condensed version:
When Baldur began to have dreams of his death, Frigg went around to every living thing in the world and secured from each of them an oath not to harm her son.
Confident in Baldur’s invincibility, the gods amused themselves by throwing weapons and any random thing they could find at Baldur and watching them bounce off of him, leaving him utterly unscathed.
Loki, who was extremely jealous of Balder because he was the only god more beautiful than himself, sensed an opportunity. He inquired of Frigg whether she had overlooked anything whatsoever in her quest to obtain oaths. She casually answered that she had thought the mistletoe to be too small and harmless a thing to bother asking for such a promise.

Loki straightaway made a spear from the mistletoe and convinced the blind god, Hodur, to throw it at Baldur. The projectile, guided by Loki's aim, pierced the god and he fell down dead.

The anguished Odin sent another one of his sons, Hermod, to the underworld to see if there was any way Baldur could be retrieved from the clutches of the death goddess, Hel.

Hermod implored the dreadful goddess to release Baldur, and after much persuasion, she replied that she would give him up, if and only if everything in the world would weep for Baldur – to prove, in other words, that he was as universally beloved as Hermod claimed.

And the whole world did indeed weep for the generous son of Odin – all, that is, except one creature: a giantess named Þökk (generally assumed to be Loki in disguise), who callously refused to perform the act that would secure Baldur’s return.

And so the bright god lay in the grave until Ragnarok (the end of the world) when he will be returned at last to the land of the living, gladdening the hearts of the creatures who fill the new world.

By the way, the engineering of Baldur's death was the final straw for Loki, but that is a story for another day.

Next Thor's Day: The blind god, Hodur

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