The Vikings and the Germanic People
Through the years stories of the vikings terror and savagery have become known all over the world. This perception of the vikings became widely spread but the interesting thing about this common conception of terror, it is still not known exactly how the vikings started conquering, landing them this reputation. The vikings were seamen from modern-day Sweden and surrounding areas that conquered and pillaged across the world.
The Germanic people are a group of indigenous peoples from northern Europe. Originally the Germanic people were a people that had their own indigenous religions and culture that was converted and shifted when the Germanic people converted to Christianity.
Predates the conversion of the Germanic people to Christianity. In Norse mythology nine
Yggdrasil is an ash tree that is the epicenter of the spiritual beliefs of Norse mythology. Yggdrasil contains the Nine Worlds on its branches and roots.
Asgard is the first of the Nine Worlds. It houses the gods of the Aesir tribe. These were gods like Odin, Thor, Sif, and Loki. It is believed to be the peace keeping world or the world of order and civilization. It is connected to Midgard through the a rainbow bridge called the Bifrost.
Alfheim is believed to be the world of the elves. They resemble a demigod creature. There is little mention of Alfheim in literature but because it is the home of the elves it was believed to be bright and beautiful.
Muslpelheim is the world of the fire giants and the world of fire.
Midgard is the realm that was occupied by mortals and in this case it is the world that germanic people believed they occupied, Earth. It is the realm in the middle of all of the Nine Worlds.
Vanaheim is the realm of the Nine Worlds that is occupied by the Vanir, the second tribe of gods. The Vanir are believed to be the gods most closely related to human fertility.
Jotunheim is the realm in the Nine Worlds that is home to the giants (most commonly known in Marvel literature as home to the Frost giants). In literature Jotunheim is described as a dark and mountainous place that is plagued by an infinite winter.
Niflheim is the realm of the Nine Worlds that is known and the World of fog or the Mist World. It is described in literature to be the realm opposite to Muspelheim in both location and qualities. Muspelheim is the world representing heat and Niflheim is the world representing cold. The creation story of Norse mythology comes from the intersection of the fire from Muspelheim and the ice from Niflheim.
Helheim or most often referred to as just Hel, is the realm that is representative of the underworld for Norse mythology. It is home to the goddess Hel, daughter of Loki.
This is the realm of the dwarves. It is thought that Svartalfheim was a series of underground mazes and structures. The dwarves that reside on Svartalfheim are smiths and craftsmen. It is also knwon as Nidavellir.
The Many Faces of Thor
Thor Norse Mythology
Mjölnir is the fierce and power weapon of Thor, the god of thunder. It was crafted by two dwarf brothers Sindri and Brokkr from Svartalfheim, the realm of the dwarves.
These are Thor's iron gloves. The literature is not consistent on the gloves. However it is believed that the gloves are the tools that Thor uses to be able to handle Mjölnir.
Megingjörð is a belt that Thor uses to double his already immense strength. These three components help Thor to be the mighty warrior god that is portrayed in Norse mythology and continued into his character development in the Marvel Universe.
Thor in the Journey into Mystery
1962 marks the year that Thor made his first appearance as a fictional character. As a comic hero, Thor began in the comic series Journey into Mystery, an Atlas Comics publication.
Description of the Comic
Introducing...the Mighty Thor! The most exciting super hero of all time! When the Stone-Men from Saturn invade Earth, only the lame Dr. Donald Blake can stop them -- but he stands no chance, not until he strikes a wooden stick on the ground and finds himself transformed into Thor, God of Thunder! Watch as Thor learns how to wield his hammer in battle! Only this new hero can save the Earth from being conquered!
@Marvel. "Journey Into Mystery (1952) #83." Marvel.com: The Official Site. Marvel, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2016.
Donald Blake is the dormant side of Thor. When Odin thought it best for Thor to leave Asgard and learn how to be more humble, he sent him to Earth and disguised him as Blake without any prior knowledge that he was Thor, god of thunder. After banging a stick on the ground, Blake is then transformed back into Thor and he defeats the Stone-Men.
Thor in the Movies
In 2011 the Marvel character Thor came to life on the motion picture screen. The movie begins with an attempt of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, enemies of Asgard, to retrieve the Casket (an instrument that would help the Frost Giants conquer the nine realm/ worlds). Against the order of his father Odin, Thor travels to Jotunheim to fight the Frost Giants. As a result he is banished to Midgard, Earth, by Odin separated from his mighty hammer Mjolnir until he becomes worthy to get his power back.
Chris Hemsworth was cast in the image of the Atlas Comics and Marvel Comics version of Thor. He is a blond-haired male in contrast to the Norse god of thunder who was a red-haired male.
Jane Foster is not a character from the movies or comics that was adopted from Norse mythology. She is a character that appears in the Journey into Mystery #84. In the movie she is the first mortal that Thor comes into contact with and she later becomes his love interest, conflicting his decision to return to Asgard to assume the throne.
Loki is the god of mischief, a trickster. He is also a character that is adopted from Norse mythology. Loki is the adoptive brother to Thor. After a war with the Frost Giants, Odin found an abandoned baby (Loki) and brought him back to Asgard. Growing up he was always in the shadow of his brother Thor and became thirsty for power.
Odin is the ruler of Asgard and father of Thor and Loki. Odin was also a character that was taken and adopted from Norse mythology. As a comic character his first appearance in Journey into Mystery was in issue #86.
Jaimie Alexander plays the role of Sif, another character taken from Norse mythology. In the movie Lady Sif is the childhood friend of Thor and an epic warrior, fighting by his side during most of his battles in the movies. In Norse mythology however, she is the wife of Thor. In the movies there is a slight connection to this mythology through the interactions that she and Thor have, but the movie lines up with the comics in which Thor's love interest remains to be Jane Foster.
Heimdall, played by Idris Elba, is a character that is based off the god Heimdallr from Norse mythology whose role is to guard the entrance to Asgard and act as the gate keeper. His physical body is blind but he is all-seeing, he can see between the nine worlds. In the comics he is the brother to Lady Sif.
Thursday, is a day of the week named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. In most languages that are of Latin origin this day is named after the god Jupiter. Often Jupiter and Thor are compared to one another for their immense similarities despite their different origins, Jupiter being a Roman god and Thor being a Norse god.