Very awesome article, probably the best blog post yet.
I'm a big lore buff in WoW and in most mytho's in the world such as Greek and Norse being my fav's! So this is an awesome post about it all and It's great to see things that i actually missed. I just noticed something very interesting though. After rereading the part on Mimir/Mimiron i remembered reading about the new mounts and then something funny hit me: Mimir was a decapitated god and check this out! http://ptr.wowhead.com/?spell=63796 I dont know if Bliz did that on purpose but i actually lol'ed when i saw that. Again major props to ArgentSun on this great post.
heh us Icelanders used to believe in these nordic gods.. They are ruled by a man called (icelandic) Óðinn who had like two "pet crows". And we had some storm god/fighter called Þór who had some awesome mace and stuff.. Long time since I last read about this. And all vrykul are a reference to Scandinavians, FX. that elite dude called Banahogg is just like the Icelandic word Banahögg, which means Killing Blow, and most vrykul/god names in wow are taken from the old scandinavian language.
Poor forgotten Tyr.
great job on this piece probably best thing i have read all day thank you for this!
The original (and more common) story of Aphrodite is that she was born when Cronus cut the testicles off of Universe and threw them into the ocean. As told by Hesiod..The hanging himself from Yggdrasil's bows part was actually for... 10 days and nights I think, in order to learn runes :)The eye was thrown in the well of wisdom, to Mimirs head. Again, wisdom... what I remember it wasn't specified wisdom, just wisdom in general :POh and you seem to kinda miss out the bits with Odin turning into , went down to the humans and seduced women in order to have sex with them... Yep, he's a freak :PZeus from the Greek mythology is just as bad... except there's the story about Aphrodite :P Zeus casting his sperm into the ocean out of frustration thus giving birth to her, pretty far out stuff but good fun hehe
heh us Icelanders used to believe in these nordic gods.. They are ruled by a man called (icelandic) Óðinn who had like two "pet crows". And we had some storm god/fighter called Þór who had some awesome mace and stuff.. Long time since I last read about this. And all vrykul are a reference to Scandinavians, FX. that elite dude called Banahogg is just like the Icelandic word Banahögg, which means Killing Blow, and most vrykul/god names in wow are taken from the old scandinavian language.Hugin and Munin in danish :P Odin's 8-legged horse is named Sleipner and I can't remember the names of his wolves... >.<@wtfpwndd, don't know that version but I just summerized something I read in a book from a vacation on Rhodes, Greek mythology and it was in english :P
first of all I wanna say that this has been a gr8 topic itr really lifted my intrest for norse mytholgi since I was a kid or as some other guy mentioned that it was half european religion from geramania doesnt matter stil I love it . 2nd I would like to add after my g33king on wikipedia that ymer didnt create Oden/Odin. It was his cow friend Audhumbla I think its spelled. When Ymir was born this "cow" also was born and they made gr8 friends. Ymir feed on Audhumbla's milk. While Ymir was asleep the first humans was created from his left hand. Meanwhile Audhumbla was feeding on some sort of salty rocks gave birth to the norse gods forefater Bure/Bore. Then Bore/Bure had a son Bor which u mentioned earlier also. Bor, together with the giantess Bestla got three sons Odin, Vile and Ve. they then killed Ymir and made his body the world etc, etc. not trying to correct u in a mean way like "haha I was right and u were wrong" im just pinpointing this.And last I wanna say to blizz that they should really make a mount model that looks like Odens horse Sleipner cuz that would be awesome ^^.
Btw that "cow" that I mentioned I dont suppose that there's any similar to that in wow? maybee the taurens xD
Forgot to post after I read this;Amazing writeup! I had seen alot of them, but it seemed alot of them escaped my eyes. :)
http://www.wowhead.com/?npc=8280 is the second reference I notice when first playing the game, the first reference being Fenrus.
@thegiefer, yea, I know, and I hoped that I wrote it in a clear way...seems like I should have done a better job with Ymir.@Goatems, nice catch! I didn't even knew this guy exists ingame.@MooCowss, also nice! I've seen the mount a dozen times, but never saw the obvious reference :D@Renew, thank you ^_^Also, I thought I'd post a few interesting links, if you like to read extra stuff.
- The letter O is pronounced as in "smooth", not like in "over".I'd say it's the opposite. "Smooth" is closer to the vowel "u" in scandinavian languages. The "o" can have different nuances as well,but the closest is like in "door".My gosh, the 'o' in door is pronounced like the Swedish 'å' (i.e. IPA o: - ). In Sweden (which isn't Norse, see Icelandic for the closest likeness in pronounciation) 'o' is indeed pronounced as an ipa 'u:' in it's long form and 'o' in it's short form(brittish pronounciation)ð = IPA eth, pronounced like 'these'θ = IPA theta, pronounced like 'thin'ö = burn / birdä = there / bedå = caughta: = spar = Alveolar Trill, "spanish r", like the way Dwarves (or Scots) pronounce 'r'u = ʉ:, try saying 'roses', try making that "e" sound but rounding your lips.Swe / EngTor / Thor = / Freja / Frey = /Oden/Odin = /Loke/Loki = /Höder/Hodir = /Yggdrasil = /Asar /Aesir = /Viking = /Utgård/Útgarðar/Utgard = //Thank you for listening to my phonetics-rant :)I'd also like to point out that Norse mythology is indeed Nordic and originated in Scandinavia (that is kind of the definition of "norse" mythology). A lot of the source material is from runestones in Scandinavia and from the Edda written by an Icelandic Dane. The original source for the concept of a pantheon of natural forces and gods however, is not Nordic, nor European - but dates far earlier than writing. That is why we have very common convepts in Greek, Germanic, Norse, Indian, Persian, Jewish, Roman, Saxon mytholgy... to mention a few. ;P
Actually Oden only hung for 9 whole days from Yggdrassil before reaching out to the runes, but still, good knowledge besides that little point!
I wonder if we'll ever see an Item, NPC or event referring to "Ragnarok" in World of Warcraft ... I know plenty of other video games with Ragnarok somehow included in them. It could be epic sword (like in final fantasies etc.) or just an event or boss...You mean like Ragnaros? That seemed like a pretty obvious reference to Ragnarok if you ask me.I'm pretty sure he is actually based off Surt the fire giant, who will come to asgard/midgard at ragnarok.Argent, how dare you ruin my post and fail to mention the world serpent!Also Fenrus the devourer, a reference to Fenrir, Loki's son. World trees to. But I guess those aren't northrend.
Holy necro o.0Not that I'm complaining. Never knew about this thread, fun to read though.
Holy necro batman! o.0Not that I'm complaining. Never knew about this thread, fun to read though.Fixed.
Though not a specific Northrend beast, Fenrus the Devourer is a reference to the wolf that the nordic gods kept in Valhalla, until it grew up and became frightening, even to the gods. They agreed that they had to chain the wolf. But no chain was strong enough, so the dwarves of Valhalla made a rope from the roots of the mountain, the noice of the cat, tendons of the bear, breath of the fishes, the beard of the women and the spit of the birds.Though the rope looked like a sting of silk, but no force in the world was strong enough to break it. They called the rope Gleipner. The wolf was suspicious, and thought there was some kind of magic involved in the thread. So he wouldn't allow the gods to tie him with it, unless someone put a hand in is mouth as an insurance. The only one brave enough was Tyr, son of Odin.He put his hand in the wolves mouth and the other tied the wolf with the thread. When Fenrir, the wolf, realized that he had been fooled, he bit of the hand of Tyr.And then Tyr's Hand was created in Eastern Plaguelands...!