A to Z Challenge – R is for Ragnarok

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Ragnarok

Ragnarok

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is the end of days, a battle that is held on the Vigrid Plains in Jotunnheim, one in which many of the Aesir gods are killed, Odin in particular. After Ragnarok, a new world will begin, one with a new set of gods.

*SPOILER ALERT*

I have used the concept in the Valkyrie series pretty much unchanged except for the Vigrid Plains. Early on Bryn dreams of the plains, drenched in blood, and through the series she comes to believe that she will someday fight on the battlefield along with the gods, and maybe even die there.


So come back tomorrow for S is for Sigrun

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge L is for Loki  | M is for Midgard and Muspellheim | N is for Nidhogg | O is for Odin | P is for Portal | Q is for Queen


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A to Z Challenge – Q is for Queen

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Queen

Queen Frigga 

 Within Norse mythology there are various queens but none more popular than Frigga hereself. Wif of the All-Father, she is goddess of weather and crops. Some of her abilities change with the telling but she’s always been seen as inherently good.

In the Valkyrie series, she takes Bryn under her wing, and acts as guide and mentor. She is also a subtle women’s rights activist.

*SPOILERS*

Queen Huld
In Dead Embers ( bk 2) Huld is a fictitious evil wife of the King of Swartelfheim, the land of the Dwarfs. Bryns job is to enter the palace and bring back the blood goblet, fashioned by the Queen with the blood of her husband whom she murdered. Bryn enters the palace with Mika, for protection, but betrayal hits her and she nevers sees it coming.

Tyra Queen Mother of the Nidhogg
In Dead Embers (bk 1) Bryn meets Steinns mother, the fictitious Queen Mother of the Nidhogg. Her initial response to Bryn is cold but when Bryn is able to save her grandaughter Suri from death, Tyra becomes her benefactor, giving her an amber ball – a dragon’s eye, and instructing Bryn to use it to call on her if she should ever need help.


So come back tomorrow for R is for Ragnarok

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge L is for Loki  | M is for Midgard and Muspellheim | N is for Nidhogg | O is for Odin | P is for Portal | 


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A to Z Challenge – P is for Portal

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Portal

Bifrost 

In Norse mythology the Bifrost is the Bridge of the Gods, which is guarded by the god Heimdall. It’s been depicted through the ages in various forms with rainbows and flashes of lighning.

In the Valkyrie series its a system of invisible ‘wormholes’ that take people form one place to another, with the bridge touching down in countries all over the worlds. Sometimes their location is not convenient, or is no longer uasable due to changes in the modern environemt due to construction.

Sometimes the bridge doesn’t touch down anywhere near the intended destination which means miles of walking or alternative travel arrangements.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Later in the series, a character is able to write a program that can track the movements of people on the Bifrost itself.

Also, unlike the rest of the users of the Bridge, the gods can go anywhere, opening up doors in the system at whatever their destination may be.


So come back tomorrow for Q is for Queen

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge L is for Loki  | M is for Midgard and Muspellheim | N is for Nidhogg | O is for Odin


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A to Z Challenge – O is for Odin

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Odin

Odin 

I probably don’t need to go into too much detail on who this god is, considerign the Marvel movies have given us a beautiful personification of the All-Father, courtesy of the extremely talented Anthony Hopkins. I have to be honest and say that I adore the movies so many times, while writing Odin, I have pictured him as Anthony Hopkins.

In the mythology the god was something of a philandering, fathering children hither and yonder, much like Zeus. I’m unsure why Frigga, like Hera, didn’t have a huge freakout whenever he was unfaithful – I certainly would, but it has been known that much of the myths were handed down by male orators so there’s no surprise in it ;)

*Kinda Spoiler Alert*

For the purposes of the Valkyrie series I have delved into the mythology of the Warrior Princess Brunhilde who was said to be the daughter of Odin himself.
Odin’s relationship with Bryn develops through the series and eventually we find out the truth behind his caring attention for Bryn. He gives her Hugin, shich he’s never done before, and his gifts keep coming.


So come back tomorrow for P is for Portal

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge L is for Loki  | M is for Midgard and Muspellheim | N is for Nidhogg


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A to Z Challenge – N is for Nidhogg

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Nidhogg

Nidhogg 

Within Norse mythology Nidhogg is the great dragon that lives beneath the Tree of Life – Yggrasil. He is responsible for keeping the worlds in balance. 

In the Valkyrie series I have changed the mythology slightly to make Nidhogg into a race of dragons whose duty lies with Odin entirely. 

Nidhogg in the Valkyrie series – SPOILERS

Steinn is the King of the Dragons or Nidhogg. He holds the remaining pices of Brisingamen and Loki sends Bryn to Muspellheim to in search of them. Although she fights and injures Steinn in their first encounter, he takes a liking to her, but also has other reasons to encourage her cooperation.
Steinn has a half-human child, Suri, who is powerful enough that she eventually joins Bryn’s team in the fight against Loki.

So come back tomorrow for O is for Odin
For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge L is for Loki  | M is for Midgard and Muspellheim


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A to Z Challenge – M is for Midgard

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Midgard and Muspellheim

Midgard 

In Norse mythology the realms are divided into Nine home worlds for the different races. Of them, Midgard is the human world, and the one in which the gods have had the most influence.

Within the Valkyrie Seroes, a number of important characters come from Midgard ie Bryn and her Craven Team, and many of the Warriors and Valkyries. Bryn and the modern Midgardians have the opportunity to meet others originally from their world who entered the Nine Realms sometimes hundreds of years before.

Muspellheim

Muspell, or Muspellheim, is one of the underworlds, and the home of the Nidhogg and the Surtr – the dragon and the fire giant.

In this series I have made them both races of people instead of individuals.

*SPOILER ALERT* 

so Bal, the fire giant is Bryn’s nemesis, and Steinn, the dragon kind, Tyra, his mother, and Suri his daughter, all become good friends of Bryn.


So come back tomorrow for N is for Nidhogg
For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge | L is for Loki  


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A to Z Challenge – L is for Loki

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Loki 

It’s easy to see why Loki, the Trickster son of Odin, is often cast as the villian. His is at first full of mischief, the ultimate pranskter, but then he develops a mean streak, and his jokes move from funny to destructive and harmful.

Loki is a complicated god. He is the adopted son of Odin, taken in when he was a baby. Little is known about his parents, but the sagas say he is a Jotunn or frost giant. His ability to change form confirms his Jotunn genes. Despite the family that Odin offered to his adopted son, Loki inevitably began to seek more. 

Within the Valkyrie series, Loki is Bryn’s nemesis, and in many ways he is right to consider her dangerous to his standing in Odin’s eyes. At first he seems to be up to his old tricks, just having fun, but then his actions take on a more sinister tone. What does Loki have to do with Ragnarok, the battle at the end of the world?

Within the series we also see many members of Loki’s family, who all play very different roles in the trickster god’s downfall.

So come back tomorrow for M.

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn  | K for Knowledge 


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A to Z Challenge – K is for Knowledge

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter which stands for Knowledge 

Knowledge is an important tool in my Valkyrie world, it is a tool that is the key to Bryn’s adventures and her success as a valkyrie. 

Bryn starts off in the very beginning, with limited knowledge of the Norse world and its mythology. Her first encounter with detailed Norse mythology is the books she finds in her foster home. This is the moment she first learns about the Valkyrie Brunhilde, this is the beginning of her journey into the world of the Norse gods.

Bryn’s journey of knowledge does not stop there as she is swept into a world of myth that she does not recognise, only armed with limited knowledge from her Midgardian education. Her path is filled with knowledge and learning from the moment she arrives in Asgard, she learns how to fight, is taught some of the history behind the gods, figures out the intricacies of Asgard and how it functions. Bryn also learns about valkyries too and most important she gains knowledge about herself, that is crucial to all the battles she fights. 

Bryn still has a lot more to learn before her journey of knowledge is over and so do you! 

So come back Tuesday for L is for Loki

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible  |  J for Jotunn 


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A to Z Challenge – J is for Jotunn

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter J which stands for Jotunn.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

The land of Jotunnheim is one of the Nine Realms within Norse mythology’s Cosmic World. Jotunnheim is the home of the Jotunns, or frost giants. Within Bryn’s story, the frost giants are large creatures who look human, except for their pale, bluish skins, ice-like eyes, and the ability to turn into ice and into piles of stones. Jotunn can change their size at will, and can generate spears of ice from their fingertips. Add to those skills the ability to draw a glamor around them and mimic other people, and we have a very dangerous creature, poised to run riot over the Midgard world.

Bryn’s skills are pitted against the frost giants on more than one occasion. Not to mention the fact that she has to battle the worst Jotunn there is, the Trickster Loki.

So come back Monday for K

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | G is for Gungnir | H is for Huldra  |  I for Impossible 


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Dead Embers

Dead Chaos

Dead Wrath

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A to Z Challenge – I is for Impossible

As part of the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. I’m posting about my Valkyrie world. I will try to present elements of the world without being too spoilerific ;)

So today is the letter I which stands for Impossible.

Within the world of the Valkyrie series I’ve used a number of different creatures. Bear in mind that I have taken a tiny bit of artistic licence in using the Norse mythological creatures in Bryn’s world.

Today’s post is just a mention of the impossible. Bryn gets sucked into a world that has only ever been a mythology. Legends and fairy tales. It was impossible that this would be real.

But so many things in the Valkyrie series are the impossible that defies reality. The gods are real, and so are dragons and dwarfs, elves and werewolves. Not to mention wings and talking birds, and traveling on a bridge you can’t see, going from plane to plane and materialising as if nothing strange had just happened to your body.

Writing a fantasy novel based on creatures that do not exist, and on a mythology that is largely no longer a living religion, is both easy and difficult.

It’s easy to let you mind wander, to take creativity along roads its never been before. Because you know the reader opens the page sof the fantasy already suspending disbelief, it is easy to play with unrealistic aspects, like women with animal tails and backs made of tree bark, or a bodyless head that predicts the future, or talking birds and shapeshifters. Fantasitcal aspects are what a reader expects and that is what you provide as entertainement.

The difficult is in the way an author presents the fantastical. The story must be grounded in the believable, it must make some sort of sense within the context of the book, and the world the author creates must be balanced. Everything mus make sense withing the story itself.

Very few people will pick up a paranormal of fantasy and say ‘That just wasn’t believeable’ or ‘That’s jsut not possible’ because in choosing these genres you are entering the pages of the book expecting to read something impossible, something fantastical.

In both my mythology series The Hand of Kali and The Valkyrie series I use mythology to convey the story of the main characters growth. In both I try to respect the belief system as much as possible because I understand that people who still believe in those religions would not appreciate or understand if I ripped thier beliefs to shreds.

May believe that the idea of gods and goddessed influencing our lives are impossible. But what if they are true? What happens then? 

;)

So come back tomorrow for J is for Jotunn

For the rest of the alphabet see below:

A is for Armor |   B is for Blood  |  C is for Creatures  |  D is for Dwarfs  | E is for Einherjar  |  F is for Fenrir  | 

G is for Gungnir |H is for Huldra

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