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Loki: Norse Myth, Tom Hiddleston, and FATE FORGOTTEN

In celebration of the release of Fate Forgotten, today Amalia Dillin is here to tell us more about the black sheep of the Norse pantheon, Loki, and how he changes based on the various iterations of the mythology. She also gives us a hint at how she’s manipulated the myths in Fate Forgotten, which is book two of her Fate of the Gods trilogy. Forged by Fate is the first book.

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During press interviews, Tom Hiddleston likes to say “There is no Loki without Thor,” and in the Marvel Universe, particularly the Cinematic Universe, it’s true. They’re two sides of the same coin, light and dark, order and chaos, good and… well, depending on who you ask, Loki is anything from misunderstood to flat out evil.

But in the Norse Myths, I think the expression would be different. Because you see, while Thor and Loki do a lot of adventuring together, Loki isn’t his brother. Loki has no ties to Thor at all, really, except through Thor’s father, Odin. And Loki and Odin – they aren’t so different from one another. Loki is what mischief and chaos and deceit looks like when those powers are put to a certain use. When they’re used for selfish purposes and selfish gain. And Odin, a king in full possession of those same powers, instead uses them for Order and, mostly, the Good of the World, for the ultimate protection of mankind, that the gods might triumph (at great cost) during Ragnarok, and the world will be born again in a new age, of peace and prosperity.

In the Norse Myths, there is no Loki without Odin. There is no Odin without Loki, and while the majority of Loki’s mischief is clearly his own design, there’s no knowing, really, that it was ALL for his own pleasure. And there’s a very distinct possibility that some of it might have even been commanded by Odin – Odin and the Aesir certainly take advantage of him when it’s convenient, at the very least.

In FATE FORGOTTEN, the second book in my Fate of the Gods trilogy, Loki is *still* a thorn in Thor’s side. The Trickster isn’t just a threat to Eve, he’s a threat to the Covenant which allows the many different pantheons to coexist peacefully on earth. But as the threat increases, Loki’s purpose and motivations grow less and less clear. And if he is, in fact, acting under Odin’s commands, Thor is going to have to make a choice: remain loyal to the interests of the Aesir and Odin the Allfather, or protect Eve.

As long as Loki remains alive, it’s impossible for him to do both.

If you’re intrigued, here’s the blurb for Fate Forgotten. The book is available through most major internet retailers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and is available in both paperbook and ebook forms.

Since the gods returned Adam’s memory six hundred years ago, Thor has been a scourge on his lives. But when Adam learns that Thor has been haunting his steps out of love for Eve, he is determined to banish the thunder god once and for all. Adam is no fool: Eve still loves the man she knew as Thorgrim, and if she ever learned he still lived, that he still loved her, Adam would lose any chance of winning Eve to his side, never mind liberating the world. But after everything Thor has done to protect Eve, everything he’s sacrificed, the thunder god won’t go without a fight. Not as long as Eve might love him again.

Which means that Adam has to find a new ally. The enemy of his enemy, complete with burning sword and righteous resentment of the gods. But in order to attract the Archangel Michael’s attention, he needs Eve — an unmarried Eve, willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to find her in the future. Not now that he knows how to look.

ThorLove Blog Hop–Everyone’s Favorite Norse God

You know, I didn’t even think about it when I decided to post about this today, but then someone on Twitter said, “Put the Thor back in Thursday.” So hoorah for good timing and all that.

For the next week or so there’s going to be a lot of Thor and Amalia Dillin as the second book of her Fate of the Gods trilogy, Fate Forgotten, was just released on Tuesday. If you’re not partial to Norse or Biblical mythology, well, first of all, I’m not why you’re following my blog, but you may want to take a break. Come back next Thursday.

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First of all, let’s just talk about Thor–the mythological Thor–and why, to this day he seems to be everyone’s favorite Norse god. (I realize, of course, that some people probably like Loki the best, no doubt helped by Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal, but let’s ignore that for the time being.) Part of it may be because his name is easy to pronounce. (Seriously, have you looked at the spelling for some of the other Norse gods? I have no idea what to do with some of those letters.)

But I think what makes Thor so appealing to the masses is that he’s easy to identify with. As far as godly portrayals go, he’s pretty versatile. Sometimes he’s a hero, sometimes he makes mistakes. He’s both a lover and a fighter. He doesn’t get pigeon-holed into a stereotype like you find with some other pantheons (like the Greeks).

Plus, you know, thunder and lightning and giant hammers.

You guys already know that I like Thor–I posted a few months back about his role in Shards. Thor’s the only non-Biblical mythology person who’s physically present in the book (others–Athena, Brigid, Osiris–are just mentioned), so that probably says something.

I am biased toward my own Thor, of course, but my next favorite Thor is definitely the Chris Hemsworth version. And I’m not just saying that because the movies are really pretty. (And so is he.) I admittedly have never read the comic books, so I don’t know how accurate the movies are re: the comic books, nor how accurate the comic books are re: the mythology. I just…I don’t know. I think the casting for the movies is amazing.

How about you, Squiders? Does the God of Thunder tickle your fancy? (Or do you prefer some other flavor of Norse deity?) What’s your favorite Thor? And, be honest, how excited are you to see (or have seen, if you live in a country where the movie is already out) Thor 2?

The Individuality of Story

So, not too long ago, I was going through my Twitter followers and putting them into lists because I’d become overwhelmed by my feed (stream? why do I suck at knowing social media terms?) and hadn’t really touched it in about two years. (And now, with the lists, it is lovely and manageable. I highly recommend.)

Anyway, I was looking at the people I was following and deciding where to put them, and I came across Amalia Dillin, who happens to write books with a mixture of Biblical and other mythologies, which is what Shards happens to be. And I got really excited and probably scared her a bit, but, long story short, I bought the first book in her series and have been reading it recently.

And every time my husband sees me reading it, he asks, “Is yours better?”

To which I reply, “Mine is different.”

And they are–very different.

I firmly believe that each of us are the sum of our own experiences, and we have our own thoughts, dreams, and beliefs that are completely unique to ourselves. And I believe that, given the exact same premise, no two authors will write the same story. How could they? They’re different people.

So, while both Amalia and I have worlds where the various pantheons are real and interact with Biblical characters, the stories themselves are wildly different. In fact, this is probably the closest I’ve ever been to reading a story with the same premise as one of my own, and it’s been very interesting and enlightening to take note of the differences and the similarities, to compare how she twisted the mythology to how I did.

I’ve wanted, for years, to do some sort of experiment, where several authors are given the exact same premise, or maybe even a loose plot, and then we sit back and see what everyone came up with, how each individual person twisted things to suit their needs and styles and experiences. I think it’d be really interesting.

And then, maybe, depending on length and so forth, we could put the stories out as an anthology or something.

What do you think, Squiders? Other writers–have you ever come across another story with the same or a similar premise to your own?