I learn something new every day…

Eikinskjaldi (AYK-in-skyald-i): “Oaken Shield”. A Dvergr (dwarf). (From the Ásatrú Edda.)

Well, what do you know! Yet another name Tolkien borrowed from Norse lore! Thorin Oakenshield from the Hobbit…

I wasn’t even looking for this.  I just wanted to check the spelling for a certain group of primordial rivers in the glossary, and end up getting sidetracked as usual! Haha! It’s crazy just how many dwarf names he borrowed from Norse mythology. Even Durinn. But that’s a post for another day. Time to quick procrastinating and write! I’ve managed about five words today and a partial character list, because it’s getting to hard to keep track of them all. 

Have a nice day everyone!

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First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

16 thoughts on “I learn something new every day…

    1. Yes, but I’m not yet sure how such random knowledge is going to benefit me! Haha! Then again, who ever would have thought that my obsession with mythology would end up being the inspiration for writing a book? And everyone thought I was just wasting time! Lol!

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  1. We are grateful to Tolkien for presenting the world (albeit indirectly) with elements of mythology. There are probably countless people interested in polytheism because of it. Perhaps then we need more of the same. I think you are already in that direction, Jessica? 🙂

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    1. Yes, he did far more for the old ways than he probably knew, I think. Well, let’s see… What have I got so far… A little explanation of the Norse creation story, so Odin is mentioned. A reference to Baldr will appear in book 2. Angrboða, who is mother of Hel, the Midgard serpent and Fenrir, makes her debut in book 1. Hel will likely be introduced in book 2. The heroine is granddaughter to Freyja, so, that encompasses Gersemi and the familiar connection to Njörd as grandfather. So, it’s certainly a start, I would say. 😉

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      1. Thank you! I know I keep saying it, but book 1 is getting really close. It would probably be done if I was such a procrastinator with a short attention span.

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  2. J. R. R. Tolkien was very influenced by Norse mythology.

    He was a member of an informal literary group at Oxford University back in the 1930s and ’40s that called themselves The Inklings who met once a week in an Oxford pub called The Eagle and Child.

    But they would meet to discuss their writing and also their literary influences which included Norse mythology and early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon mythology.

    Other members of the group included C.S. Lewis (who created the world of Narnia) and Charles Williams who wrote a series of occultic horror novels that incorporated elements from Platonic philosophy and Greek mythology in them (Sadly Williams’ books are forgotten today which is a shame because they make for very scary and terrifying nighttime bedtime reading for one who enjoys that sort of thing).

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    1. Thank you for sharing that information! I know his influences were from Norse and Celtic mythology, and it’s just remarkable how much he really did make use of in his books. That would have been a really group! Let’s travel back in time and sit in on a meeting with the great minds of fantasy!

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