Finding Good and Evil in Mythology

When I wrote More Precious Than Rubies, I only touched upon one Norse myth.  There were so many colourful tales that I could have used.  Myths are varied in each culture and often thread together common characters and common themes.  Norse mythology is no different and contains the universal elements of good versus evil, a very important concept that defines my novel.

I based the novel’s events on a modern-day rendition of the Norse myth of IdunaThiassi as giant eagle kidnaps Iduna to steal her apples, Norse Mythology’s apples.  Iduna was a goddess who had an apple orchard.  The apples were the food of the gods, keeping them immortal.  Thiassi decides to steal the apples when Iduna is distracted by the trickster, Loki.  Iduna is swept away by Thiassi in the form of a monstrous eagle.

My novel employs the evil principal, Theisen, to steal the youth of the school’s unsuspecting students.  Theisen, of course, represents Thiassi.

Loki does not make an appearance in my novel.

A fitting sequel to my novel would be the resurgence of the evil gods, led by Loki, to once again seek out youth in the modern-day world.  The sequel does not have to occur in a school again but could focus on Loki’s trickery as he finds those places where young people congregate (e.g., malls).

Another idea from Norse mythology that I would use is the presence of the Ellewomen, servants of Thiassi, who have neither hearts nor souls, making them bereft of any feeling.  They would aid Loki in his quest for youth.

Incorporating such characters into a sequel would spice up the ultimate battle between good and evil.


About randycoates

Randy Coates graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of arts degree and went on to acquire his teacher’s certificate at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently an elementary teacher in the Toronto District Board of Education.
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4 Responses to Finding Good and Evil in Mythology

  1. ewgreenlee says:

    Nice post. I’ll have to research this mythology for future plots in my 19 story mythology, plus read your story to see how you incorporated the common concepts of myths and legends. Good luck with your stories.

  2. “Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest of the site is also really good.”

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