A DARK THOR AND A BRUTAL ASGARD
Neil Gaiman is one of the literary geniuses of our generation. He has won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stroker Award. One of his books ‘American Gods’ is currently running as a TV Series on Amazon Prime and getting great reviews. So when he re-released ‘The Norse Mythology’ we had to read and review it.
Like the author, most of our interaction with Thor, Loki and Asgard was through the Marvel Universe. There, Thor and the rest of the Asgardians traveled the words through an advanced piece of technology known as Bifrost. It was a Science Fiction means of travel and our characters were much more civilized.
This is not the case over here. Neil Gaiman has retold the stories of this Universe with the help of old texts and poetry. He has studied the real Norse Myths and at places put a spin on them to make the tale relevant for modern day and age. Here the characters travel the numerous worlds by the help of Rainbows. Thor’s hammer doesn’t magically return to him and in one of the tales, gets stolen. Thor’s reaction to the event is to agree to the terms of the giant who stole the hammer and telling Freya to marry the Giant. He is after all the most self centered of all the gods of Asgard.
Odin is not the noble king over here. He is a conniving and brutal ruler. He believes in keeping the words of his promise but not the spirit. And, Loki is well, Loki. Loki is mischievous and knows how to get on every god’s wrong side. His end is one of the most shocking ones.
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