I discovered something interesting about Wednesday. In Viking culture, Wednesday was known as Odin’s Day because it was associated with Odin, the All-father of the Norse gods. I realized that in a strange way I still celebrate Odin’s Day due to my Viking heritage. The reason for this is because Wednesdays are when I receive new comic books and when I meet with my Writer’s Meeting. I may not get into any fights or offer human sacrifices to Odin like my ancestors did, but I think these good things that happen to me on Wednesdays could be Odin smiling down on me. Who knows?
I like the Chimera because even though it is traditionally made from the parts of a goat, lion, and dragon, I like the idea of a chimera being any creature that is made parts from ANY animal. For example, you could combine parts from a lion, a bull, and a scorpion to create the chimera in question. What do you think? If you were to create a chimera for a fantasy story, what animal parts would you choose?
Among the subjects I have researched for my fantasy book, I found a number of sources of inspiration in Norse mythology; particularly the Norse gods. I am thinking of including features from the Norse gods into some of my characters. For example, Odin sacrificed his eye in order to gain wisdom and Tyr lost a hand while fighting a demon wolf. This will also give me a chance to reconnect with my Viking roots. I look forward to finding out more to use for my project.
I have been doing research on Norse mythology for my fantasy book and I came across something interesting. In numerous myths were a species of giants called Jotunns. Jotunns were often affiliated with the elements such as fire, water, earth, ice, and so forth. For example, Loki the Norse god of mischief’s biological people were the Frost Giants, which were a subspecies of Jotunn. I have already decided to name one of the creatures in my fantasy book after one of the elemental Jotunns. Also, I am now thinking of including a creature that represents the Jotunns giants as a whole, which are giants in general that could range between twenty or thirty feet tall. However, the giants I am imagining will not be the typical giants you would expect to find in traditional fantasy stories.
One of the most unique undead creatures are wraiths. The reason for this is because unlike zombies, wraiths sometimes just have astral forms or have their minds intact. Due to their distinct nature, wraiths cannot be killed like zombies and as a result do not have the same weaknesses. For my fantasy books, I am thinking of including combination between a wraith and a homunculus. A homunculus is the alchemical term for an artificially made being. Imagine an undead creature that is created through the use of alchemy. It gives me goosebumps!
Apart from the phoenix, the gryphon is my other favorite mythical creature that has bird features. Traditionally, a gryphon possesses the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. With its ability to fly and impressive arsenal of weapons such as claws and hooked beak, I thought this creature would be a formidable beast to face. Like the giant and phoenix, I am planning of including this creature in my fantasy books.