Baldur, the son of Frigga and Odin, was the most handsome and noble of all the Gods. Forever appearing in the form of a beautiful young man, he was the God of Light and Spring, of all things Right and Good, the best loved among all Aesir. Basically he was the sexiest man alive in the Norse Mythos.
One morning, his mother awakened from a horrible nightmare. She had seen Hel, the Goddess who rules the underworld, take Baldur into her realm. Baldur too had been plagued by troubling dreams foretelling doom. So Odin invoked the ancient prophetess, Wala, from her grave to find out what was behind the dreams. He asked her who was next expected to enter the realm of Hel, and her answer was “It is Baldur, the noble one, who is next for Hel, and Hödur, his blind brother, will be the instrument of his demise.” (Baldur was not a warrior, he would not be killed in battle. This meant his body was for Hel, not for Valhalla.)
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Once upon a time (because that’s how these sorts of stories are supposed to start), there was a girl. A fairly pretty girl, in fact. Aren’t they all, in these sorts of stories?
This fairly pretty girl was gleefully skipping through a meadow, picking flowers, without a care in the world. And, really, she didn’t have many cares to worry about – this fairly pretty girl was Persephone, the teenaged daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. It’s a good life, being the daughter of a goddess, especially if you like gleefully skipping through meadows and picking flowers.
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Every culture has their own version of a flood myth, but leave it to the Ancient Egyptians to have a version involving beer!
Continue reading “How Beer Saved The World”
Once upon a time, way back at the start of Ancient Egypt, there was a family. They were a close family, and by close, I mean CLOSE. There were four children, Osiris, Isis, Nephthys and Seth. Osiris and Isis were married, because that’s how the Egyptians did things, and Nephthys was married to Seth.
That’s what I meant by close. There wasn’t a lot of choice for royalty in those days, if you wanted to keep the bloodline pure. Continue reading “Isis and Osiris”
Welcome to Campfire Myths!
My hope is to share with you some entertaining versions of some of ancient mythology’s best stories. They might be Egyptian, they might be Greco-Roman, they’ll probably be a bit irreverent, but they’ll all be true to the spirit of the original myths.
Because, hey, some of those translations out there? Totally dull. Myths were meant to entertain!
Enjoy, and feel free to let me know what you think!