Why am I Suddenly Obsessed with Norse Mythology?

18/12/2017

There’s a good chance that the answer to this blog post can be solved with two words, Rick Riordan. Done. Do I need to continue writing now?

Rick Riordan, if you don’t know, wrote the Percy Jackson series, which is all about descendants of the Greek Gods. He has since gone on to write several other similar series, one of which is the Magnus Chase series which is my favourite series of his and one of my favourite series ever! It’s so immersive and I absolutely love it!

I am a bit of a fantasy nut when it comes to things like this, I love the old fairytale stories and tales of mythology, so Riordan is the perfect author for me! I didn’t really know anything too much about Norse Mythology before starting this series, but I felt as I got further and further into it, I was obtaining my beginners badge. This is a three book series, all of them are now released, but I can’t read the last one. It’s right there on my shelf, looking at me, right now. But if I read it, then it’s over and I can’t face that. The characters in this book are so loveable, I want to see them in a film so I never had to loose them. (As I’m writing this, some really heroic soundtrack music came on my speakers and I feel like I’m writing some epic obituary)

So we’ve established that Magnus Chase and his half Norse Godness inspired me to fall in love with Norse Mythology, but then what continued on my interest? Oh I don’t know… how about THOR RAGNAROK??! This film is one of the funniest films I have ever watched, I love Thor, I love Loki and I love EVERYONE. Usually the Thor films aren’t my favourite of the Marvel universe, but this one was absolutely perfect. It offered so many funny moments that on a second viewing it had me in even more fits of laughter. I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it whenever I need a good laugh.

So Thor got me in the Norse God mode even more, and then I realised that wait, I have the book Norse Mythology on my bookshelf by Neil Gaiman, the king himself! So guess what my current audiobook is? He even narrates it himself, I think he has a fantastic voice so this is only adding to my listening experience. Although I do find I can’t listen to this like a normal audiobook, because there is so much to take in.

The final fix on my mission to know everything about Norse Mythology lies with the TV series, Vikings. If you haven’t watched this series yet, it’s about the Vikings discovering England and the West and their Viking ways. It’s fantastic. I love it. I only discovered it this week and I am binging it whenever I can, it’s taking a lot for me not to binge it right now in fact. If you like Game of Thrones, epic battles, heroic characters, cute priests, bad ass women, loyalty, Vikings, Saxons, history, fighting, etc, etc, then watch this series!

Okay that’s it, my Nordic journey. Done. Now I think I probably have to go to Norway.

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