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Norse Mythology: Völuspá in Modern English

Völuspá, or The Wise-Woman’s Prophecy, is an Eddic poem found at the beginning of the Codex Regius. The poem is narrated by a volva (wise-woman) who is consulted by Odin, and ends with her prophecy of Ragnarok. I ask the holy races, Heimdall’s … Continue reading

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Tales of Thor: Útgarda-Loki

Öku-Thor drove forth in his chariot drawn by he-goats, and the Ás called Loki came with him. That evening, they came  to a husbandman’s, and there received a night’s lodging. When evening fell, Thor took his he-goats and slaughtered them … Continue reading

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Review of “Thor” (rewatch/spoilers)

* * * B On second viewing, the original Thor movie holds up well. The fish out of water story gives the film some comedic lightness, forming the roots that later flower in Ragnarok. Unlike the original comic book story, … Continue reading

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Review of “Thor: Ragnarok” (mild spoilers)

* * * * A The death of Thor’s father, Odin (Anthony “Hannibal” Hopkins), the ruler of Asgard, which is triggered by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the god of mischief, releases Hela, goddess of death (Cate “Galadriel” Blanchett) who takes over … Continue reading

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The Mythological Thor

Marvel has popularized the character of Thor, the Norse god of thunder, in comic book series and, more recently, in film. But Marvel’s Thor bears only a passing resemblance to the mythological figure once worshiped throughout northern Europe. So what … Continue reading

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