Awesome work, ArgentSun! I guess it was pretty hard compiling all the lore background information!Will score an entry in the W-R!
Great blog Argent!
i think that ragnaros is a refrence to the ragnorakfenrus the devourer is related to one of the wolves at the final ragnorak as well. clearly somebody at blizzard likes norse mythology as well.also if you like vikings so much try listening to Amon Amarth (they are an awsome viking metal band)
It's horribly inacurrate, sorry.For a start "Nordic" is an understatement. The Germanic tribes that follow this religion spread far further than just Norway or even Scandinavia. Germany, Poland and areas further East and South.The Aesir and Vanir were not at war, nor were the Aesir the upper class. It differs from region to region, but the Aesir were normally War deities, and the Vanir, Nature deities. There was quite a bit of cross-marriage. The Aesir and Vanir were "at war" with the Jotun, Chaos gods, not frost giants. (although the nature of the Jotun varies.)Mjollnir was not really a gift, and Loki was half Jotun.Valhalla's only entry requirement was that you fall in battle, and a lot of the imagery associated with valkyries in WoW comes from non-contemporary sources such as The Ring of the Nibuleinigung(spelling NOT correct)
I wonder if we'll ever see an Item, NPC or event referring to "Ragnarok" in World of Warcraft ... I know plenty of other video games with Ragnarok somehow included in them. It could be epic sword (like in final fantasies etc.) or just an event or boss..Anyways, nice Blog. I enjoyed reading it as Im from scandinavic culture myself I enjoy viking tales and mythology too very much.PS. Sons of Hodir quests/quest chain is by far the best quest chain in WoW so far. Truly epic story there.
Northrend is my favorite area so far - mostly because it deals head-on with the Scourge in most parts.The only thing about Wrath that I have not ejoyed is that the weapons in Northrend - both from quests and drops - look archaic (spelling?). It just dosn't fit my DKs style, if you know what I mean.But what are you going to do?
Oh, by the way Brynhild is a character in the Ring.
What's that? I'm Scandinavian and thus this is twice as awesome for me?Awesome.
Oh, I agree, the sentiment is good, but as a member of the Hellenic Reconstructionist community, who has a number of friends who are members of the Germanic Reconstructionist community, I feel very strongly about accurate portrayal of both mine and my friend's religions.I certainly am not looking for an arguement, apologize if my tone suggested such, but I felt I should at least attempt to correct you.That and Malygane told me to in IRC :P
Im scandinavian myself, so its really cool with all the references to the nordic mythology in WoW.My personal favourite ingame reference is not a thing from that though, my favourite is the quest chain in Un'goro Crater with the little gnome Linken, who lost his sword, in it. Really awesome quest chain.
I actually registered just for this, feel honored :PAnywho...The thing with Loki, Thor and Sif isn't as you described it. Sif had regular hair, Loki cut it off, Thor went furious and Loki had golden hair made for her (the rest of that part fits).There are several other details I could pinpoint and correct but I really don't feel like doing it... the one thing I DO feel like correcting hwoever is that Odin weren't alone in slaying Ymir and using his body (blood, bones, brain, everything!) to shape the world with.I'm a nordic guy and love the mythology of my ancestors (as well as the greek but that's aonther story) so I know quite a bit about it, having read several books on the matter :)Long ago I noticed the small parts of it, like Loken/Loki, the world tree, Thorim... I'm glad someone took the time to inform others of it in a detail way though :D
While I am not very familiar with the mythology that Northrend is based off of, I have always had an innate fascination with it. This article is making me want to learn more about the actual myths.One thing that has been bothering me is how to pronounce the names. Seeing as how many of them are pulled from actual words/names in other languages, there must be proper pronunciation. I would appreciate it if someone familiar with these names gave some tips so I don't go around butchering them =)
Maviellas, the names are generally an attempted translation of danish/swedish/norwegian names or words.For example in danish, Loki is Loke. Thor can be spelled Tor as well...Btw Mimirs head (still alive) floats in the well of wisdom, Odin often seeks him and the well if he needs additional knowledge :)Oh and Mjolnir (Mjølner in danish) was, correctly, made by dwarves, on Lokis request, for Thor. However it was the last among 3 artifacts (Odins spear, a ring I can't remember the name of right now and Mjolnir) and he had made a bet which he was going to lose if the hammer turned out well.One of the dwarves was making sure the fire kept burning equally intensely, not even for a second swaying the least. This in order to make the hammer perfect, with a long shaft. Loki turned into a bug (can't remember which) and started annoying the dwarf, trying to make him stop his work for even a moment... for the most part it didn't work but in the end he had the dwarf stop for a moment thus resulting in a hammer with a very small shaft... Thor was satisfied however and Loki still lost the bet :)God I love norse mythology... I really should read that book again... (It's a collection of different myths :D)
While I appreciate Blizzards fancy for borrowing pop-culture and the like, I can't help but be totally disgusted at the immense rip-off of the Nordic mythology. True that no one owns the trademarks to the names or stories, but FFS Blizzard, do your own work. I had no idea they had plagiar borrowed so much.
Don't forget Teldrassil, to go allong with Yggdrasil, Voldrassil, and Nordrassil.
Good job, ArgentSun. I have always loved Norse mythology...