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 upContinue reading “I learn something new every day…”

There Be Dragons!

The time has come for Ásbjorn, son of Ivar, to set off on his journey into Jötunheimr. Fraught with peril, he will brave the bitter north wind and harsh snowstorms that plague the lands far to the north. His path will take him into the frozen realm of the frost giants, where he must passContinue reading “There Be Dragons!”

Further Proof That Tolkein Was Inspired By Norse Mythology…

…for anyone who is not wholly convinced of this unequivocal certainty— my opinion —, I give you the following examples. Járnviðr, also known as Myrkviðr — a forest in Jörmungrund, in which the trees were once made of copper or bronze. After the introduction of the dark art of Seiðr, it was called Járnviðr, becauseContinue reading “Further Proof That Tolkein Was Inspired By Norse Mythology…”