Norse Fantasy Novels Part 6: Horses, Dragons, Ravens and a Squirrel? – Fur and Feathers:
A select number of all the Norse Fantasy Novels I have read feature Norse mythical animals in a major role although they do mostly appear in settings or as challenges for heroes and heroines or even as companions. For instance, in two different series involving Valkyries, they have pet ravens akin to Hugnin and Mugnin, Odin’s ravens.
Wolves feature prominently within many of the Norse myths and so within many of the Norse Fantasy novels, the most well known are;
Fenrir: Who is Loki’s son and so big his jaws can touch the earth and moon, he is fated to break free of any bonds and devour Odin during Ragnarok! Fenrir plays a dominating force in Wolfsangel by M.D. Lachlan.
Skol and Hati: Two wolves who chase the sun and moon through the sky, these two fluffy nuisances finally catch up with their prey plunging the world into darkness during Ragnarok. However, there are some wolves regarded as good omens, these are Freki and Geri, Odin’s companions. These rival pairs feature in the Ragnarök Prophecies (Fade, Fall and Flame) by A. K. Morgen.
Norse wolves influence the characters of the title Broods of Fenrir by Coral Moore – descendants of the great wolves but who shape-shift into their wolfish form but have wolf-like qualities in their personality.
Jörmungandr, is one of my absolute favourite mythical creatures, he is also known as the world or Midgard serpent. If you have played the latest God of War you will be very familiar, a little too familiar in some cases with this big slithery dude. He is another of Loki’s children, seriously that boy got around.. he lives in the great oceans in Midgard and he is so ginormous that he circles the world and bites his own tale. His nemesis is Thor and they have the ultimate showdown during Ragnarok.
Hugin and Munin may sound like the Norse equivalent of sooty and sweep but they are actually Odin’s ravens. They are regarded to have been Odin’s spies, flying all over Midgard and reporting back to him whatever goings on they witnessed. Often the people believed that seeing ravens just after death was Odin accepting the sacrifice and the good death of the recently departed.
Other titles involving Norse Myth Creatures:
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Sleipnnir, Fenrir, Jörmungandr, Hugnin and Mugnin
Blood Tide and Blood Song by Melvyn Burgess – Fafnir the Dragon
Dead Radiance series by T.G. Ayer – Hugnin, Mugnin and Dragonkin
Valda and the Valkyries by Mark Neumayer – Ravens
Valkyrie by Kate O’Hearn – Ravens
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan – Ravens, Ratatosk, Fafnir, Wolves, Goats, Boars
United States of Asgard series by Tessa Gratton – Fenrir, Trolls, Wights
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