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Posted on: Tuesday 04/24/2018 04:30:34

I am going to take a moment from everything I have going on to say something that many will likely find ridiculous. Here goes.

This is about Thor Ragnarok. The true story has been distorted for the purposes of the movie. I know, as I am as you may know, Norwegian. The real, accurate story is a part of the mythology of the ancient Nordic people. It was a part of their belief system, and in large part their explanation for things for which they didn't have scientific knowledge, like thunder. The same holds true for the ancient Romans and American Indians. From interest in my lineage, I have studied such stories in Norse mythology, and many are actually more bleak than exciting. Read Grottasongr online, for example. 

The movie was not meant to perpetuate the true myths, but to entertain a largely kid and young adult audience. And of course, to make millions of dollars for rich people. I imagine the people of Greece probably don't want Ares, Apollo, and Artemis turned into Marvel or DC Comics superheros for the big screen. Perhaps the same for the Mexican people with the Aztec and Mayan gods of their ancestors. I imagine were they here now, my Viking ancestors would seek out the movie producers, director, and actors. They would disembowel them, pillage their plush homes and exclusive neighborhoods, and burn them to the ground.

Thank you for hearing me out.  

  • Simon Says:
    I am also interesting in mythology (including Norse mythology), but I have long ago given up any hope that the Hollywood will ever make any attempt to portray traditional myths and legends accurately.

  • kittenheel Says:
    We bought a (VHS, so you know how long ago this was) tape of the Disney movie Hercules when Olivia was 7 or 8 and she eviscerated it because she was really into Greek mythology at the time and recognized all the mistakes.

  • lunamor Says:
    I'm not hugely interested in any superhero/god movies, but isn't all of it storytelling anyway? "True myth" is a bit of an oxymoron. A good story embellishes. If the original story needs help, embellish some more. I think there's a place for getting the belief system of an ancient people accurately recorded/displayed, but not in a movie about the beliefs themselves (especially if we now know those beliefs to be false).

    But maybe I'm just a cynic who likes entertainment. :)

  • Simon Says:
    Okay, I’m afraid I jumped to conclusions. I didn’t realise it was a film based on a comic-book superhero who happens to have the name ‘Thor’. In other words, it’s not intended to seem like the Norse god. I assumed it was yet another of those gross Hollywood interpretations of classic myth or legend (like Beowulf, or Troy). With films like this I always think ‘Why not either stick to the book, or if you want a different story, give it a different title and the characters different names?

  • H3OsMama Says:
    Marvels Thor story seems loosely based on Norse mythology. The comic book and the movies took some liberties, but most people just go to be entertained. Honestly, it's no different than, say, the "embellishments" Hollywood added to The Ten Commandments or The Passion. /homepage

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    As far as historical depictions go, Troy actually didn’t do a bad job. The story itself almost reads like a Ridley Scott movie so it makes sense for him to have made it into a movie. Obviously some liberties were taken (nobody sat in the theater for 10 years for example), and it wasn’t reliant on divine intervention, but it stayed close to the story with a similar ending.

  • knifeboy Says:
    Simon, Ragnarok is the ancient Norse mythological story of the battle of the gods and evil entities that results in the end of the world. The Nordic people believed this was going to happen exactly in the way the myth described it.
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