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Forgotten Myths

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Forgotten Myths

Postby Eyes High » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:39 pm

There are a lot more Norse gods, goddesses, and people of lore than I realized or either just plan forgot over the years. Of course I’ve read about Loki and Thor and some of the others but when I saw this thread was empty I typed in Norse mythology and choose this link: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0197623.html.

It seems like the Norse myths are relatively obscured. Wonder why the other myths are better known?

I remember being fascinated in high school with all types of myths.

Are there myths you use to like when you were younger but grew away from as the years past?
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Postby Rakis » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:24 pm

South american mythology was a fav of mine, actually very interesting how many deities,if not a majority, were considered evil, but at the same time revered... :P
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Re: Forgotten Myths

Postby SandChigger » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:49 pm

Eyes High wrote:Are there myths you use to like when you were younger but grew away from as the years past?

Yeah, the Judaeo-Christian ones. :wink:
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Re: Forgotten Myths

Postby Nekhrun » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:12 am

Eyes High wrote:It seems like the Norse myths are relatively obscured. Wonder why the other myths are better known?

It is my understanding that many of the myths were destroyed during the conversion to Christianity and in an effort to update their religion many of the older stories were destroyed. Much that is left is fragmented or refers to other stories which we no longer have copies of.

One of the things I've always liked about Norse myths is that they're full of spoilers and stories sometimes refer to events that were not supposed to have happened yet. I really would like to get this thread going a little more.

I've found that my students enjoy these myths more than the Greek ones that are so popular in high school teaching curriculum. It might have something to do with many students in MN having a Scandinavian background though.
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Re: Forgotten Myths

Postby Nekhrun » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:13 am

SandChigger wrote:
Eyes High wrote:Are there myths you use to like when you were younger but grew away from as the years past?

Yeah, the Judaeo-Christian ones. :wink:

That's a good one to be familiar with if only to let Christians know that you know more about their stories than they do. :twisted:
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:24 am

I like reading about classical mythology, but honestly, I prefer to see how modern authors write these myths (and new ones) into new pieces of fiction. Mythology is important, but I think its more important as a source for modern story telling then it is as a method of transferring culture and values from one generation to another.

Although....I do enjoys my Aesop for just that reason.
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Postby Eyes High » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:00 pm

I think one reason why I was so drawn to the Norse Myths was because they seemed more exciting than those we scanned over in school. I use to try to check out ever book the library had on other mythology, which were not very many.
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:41 pm

Anyone else remember a cartoon series about Thor, doing a kind of Superman/Clark Kent thang (IIRC) in the modern world? Can't remember the title, but I remember watching it as a kid.
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Postby Omphalos » Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:38 am

SandChigger wrote:Anyone else remember a cartoon series about Thor, doing a kind of Superman/Clark Kent thang (IIRC) in the modern world? Can't remember the title, but I remember watching it as a kid.


Thor had a human alter-ego in the Marvel comic. Maybe it was based on that? I don't remember a cartoon program though.
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Postby SandChigger » Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:45 am

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That's him, so it was an animated version of the comic.

Googling "Thor TV cartoon" turns up two YouTube links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q631uZ6DQzg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgbsV6aTHts

Appears it was from 1966.

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Postby Omphalos » Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:49 am

SandChigger wrote:Appears it was from 1966.

OOOOOOLD! :P


Ah yes. I remember those days fondly, but with a bit of difficulty, as it was before I even went through oogenesis.
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Postby SandChigger » Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:23 pm

Har har hargitay. :roll:
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Postby Rakis » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:01 pm

Omphalos wrote:
SandChigger wrote:Anyone else remember a cartoon series about Thor, doing a kind of Superman/Clark Kent thang (IIRC) in the modern world? Can't remember the title, but I remember watching it as a kid.


Thor had a human alter-ego in the Marvel comic. Maybe it was based on that? I don't remember a cartoon program though.


Thor acted as a superhero while maintaining the secret identity of Dr. Donald Blake, an American physician with a partially disabled leg. Blake would transform by tapping his walking stick on the ground; the cane became the magical hammer Mjolnir and Blake transformed into Thor.


Really enjoyed reading that comic :P
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