Mar 31, 2013

The Southwood Norsemytho Group Reviews - The Myth Maker


The Southwood Norsemytho Group Reviews, The Myth Maker
Fostering a shared set of perspectives, values, history and literature in the stories itself is what Rajiv G Menon captured his interest. The continuity and stability to a culture led Menon to write his first book entitled “Thundergod”.
A child that was once asked his grandmother to write an essay and inked a line or two, attributed her delightful storytelling skills and how she raises up those dramatic images from mythology while demonstrating precious lessons from the ancient volumes.
The first written book of Menon was seen in a usual setting in which the communal tales are connected to one another, to their ancestors, to the natural world surrounding the earth, and to society, from a mere mortal to becoming the Emperor of Gods- Thundergod. This was the first manuscript of Menon’s verdict trilogy dashes Lord Indra’s journey. The literary that gives meaning to life that was being dedicated to his grandmother named Sowdamini Menon.

Mar 27, 2013

Southwood NorseMytho Group – Ragnarok

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Ragnarok is the foretold death of the Norse gods, preceded by a 3-year winter (fimbulwinter), where the frost giants and the gods fought. It is characterized by a series of predestined events and led to natural disasters in Midgard, which destroyed the realm. The great war ended with the annihilation of the ancient world and the emergence of a new one. It also resulted in the death of major gods: Loki, Heimdall, Freyr, Thor, Odin and Freyja among others. The surviving gods will meet on the new and fertile world that will surface afterwards.
                Odin initially tried to prevent Ragnarok from happening but he eventually resolved to lead the side of the gods. Together with the residents of Valhalla, the heroic dead, the frost giants led by Loki, and the unworthy dead from Hel, the gods entered the fray.
During the war, Lif and Lifthrasir, two humans were able to hide in the Yggdrasil and survived. They emerged after the battle and became the means to repopulate the earth again. Other survivors on the side of the gods include the sons of Odin and sons of Thor. Balder was also revived.

Mar 26, 2013

The Southwood Norsemytho Group Reviews: The Myth Maker

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Fostering a shared set of perspectives, values, history and literature in the stories itself is what Rajiv G Menon captured his interest. The continuity and stability to a culture led Menon to write his first book entitled “Thundergod”.
A child that was once asked his grandmother to write an essay and inked a line or two, attributed her delightful storytelling skills and how she raises up those dramatic images from mythology while demonstrating precious lessons from the ancient volumes.
The first written book of Menon was seen in a usual setting in which the communal tales are connected to one another, to their ancestors, to the natural world surrounding the earth, and to society, from a mere mortal to becoming the Emperor of Gods- Thundergod. This was the first manuscript of Menon’s verdict trilogy dashes Lord Indra’s journey. The literary that gives meaning to life that was being dedicated to his grandmother named Sowdamini Menon.
This literary work of Menon is actually a herald to Indian mythology where Indra is already crowned as God and soon became the king of Gods. The story has only few instances from mythology, a deliberate attempt not to play on that but more on the fictional aspect of storytelling.
Since Menon has a background in screenplay writing for movies, He planned Thundergod as a two-hour film. But, as the story goes on the very idea of squeezing it all within such a short time seemed unjust. Then, the idea came out instead of on filmstrips why not on the black and white cover.
With so many books on mythology out in the market, will having another one make a difference?
Transcending common life into a world in which deities interact with humans and dusting enthusiasts that our daily actions are part of the deities’ grand schemes like Thundergod is an era prior to the ones mentioned in the books available currently.
If you are a young myth maker wishing to take on a mythological journey and feels that your own struggle might have a similar cosmic or archetypal significance, tough on a smaller scale, Menon recommends reading the Amar Chitra Katha series which he read as a child. The author’s curiosity for mythology, however, goes beyond Indian myths to encompass Greek, Norse and Mesopotamian legends

Mar 15, 2013

Southwood NorseMytho Group - The Ragnarok Conspiracy


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From the 2012 debut thriller novel of biomedical scientist Erec Stebbins –The Ragnarök Conspiracy (www.ragnarokconspiracy.com) the reader takes to a world like shaken and stirred. This novel is about a Western terrorist organization attempting to instigate a global war with the Islamic world, a group of FBI and CIA agents work together to uncover and stop their plot. The Ragnarök Conspiracy follows two main characters, an “American Bin Laden” and an FBI agent, who both suffer a terrible loss on 9/11, but clash over how to respond to terrorist threats from radicalized Muslims.
It’s the story of two men who share a traumatic loss at the hands of Muslim extremists, and yet take two ultimately divergent paths afterwards. One man, John Savas, channels his pain to become one of the nation’s leading, if unorthodox, FBI counter-terrorism officers. The other uses his considerable wealth and power to become the equivalent of an American Osama bin Laden, and is the antagonist of the story who plans and sets in motion a global conflict with the Muslim world. Much like the final Armageddon of Norse mythology, these two are destined to face off in an ultimate battle over the soul of civilization and the fate of the world.
Like many Americans and especially many New Yorkers who directly experienced that unprecedented attack on the place where Stebben residing at, He was then influenced to write the Ragnarok Conspiracy. In the months and years following the collapse of the Twin Towers, Stebben had an urge to retaliate. Primitive, ultimately destructive, because most anger is a sickness. That sickness led the nation to accept a war in Iraq that was unrelated to the terrorist attacks.
Within Stebben himself, He raged that Bin Laden roamed free while they captured Saddam Hussein, as if a proxy for the villain who continued to mock people. Who was bin Laden, besides a megalomaniacal prince who used his wealth and privilege to fund his unbalanced sense of justice?
A character began to take shape in Stebbin’s mind of this American bin Laden. As if to achieve balance, there was a second character who was born in imagination, John Savas – kind of like matter and antimatter – a man who had experienced a similar loss in those attacks, but whose soul, even as it hung over the chasm of madness, turned away from hatred and blind revenge. Events were spun in which these two characters interacted, fought, and their conflict played out over the globe.
After several years of this idea refusing to go away, Stebben decided to write it down, but he still covering fear of America that still needs to be purged of it. There were too many people who cannot see past their own fears and hatred of Muslims and Islam.
As Stebbins summarizes the theme of the book, “In the real world, everything – where we will end up as a nation and the ultimate choices we will make – is still very much up in the air.”



Mar 8, 2013

Southwood NorseMytho Group - Behind the names


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Discover the meaning and etymology behind the names of the Norse pantheon, places and items. Additional details are also provided on their modern usage, overall popularity and cognate words.

Odin - also Odinn ("rage" or "inspiration"). The leader of the Aesir gods who is associated with war, wisdom and art.

Thor - the god of thunder. He's the son of Odin and usually carried his hammer Mjolnir

Freya - also Freyja ("lady"). The goddess of beauty and death who brings the worthy dead to Valhalla.

Freyr - also Frey ("lord"). The god associated with rain, sunlight and fertility.

Loki - Aesir god known for being a trickster and can manipulate fire and magic. He was eventually confined to a stone by his fellow gods for being evil.

Baldr - also Balder ("prince"). The son of Odin and Frigg who was killed because Loki tricked Hoder into it.

Heimdall - the white god who presided over light and dawn. He is considered the guardian of Asgard

Southwood NorseMytho Group - Lesser gods, giants and dwarves; creatures

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There are actually a lot of species or creatures and types of people involved in the Norse tales: gods, goddesses, notable humans, maidens, giants, dwarves, valkyries and other creatures of monstrous proportions. Learn how they are related to each other, their stories and history that compose the Norse legends.

Lesser gods, giants and dwarves; creatures
         
Alvis, Andhrimnir, Angrboda, Bergelmir, Bestla, Fafnir, Fenrir, Garm, Geirröth, Gna, Grid, Hermod, Hrungnir, Hymir, Hyrrokkin, Jormungand, Kobold, Mundilferi, Skadi, Sleipnir, Surt, Suttung, Syn, Thrym, Utgard-Loki, Vafthruthnir, Volsung, Völva

Southwood NorseMytho Group – Heroes

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There are actually a lot of species or creatures and types of people involved in the Norse tales: gods, goddesses, notable humans, maidens, giants, dwarves, valkyries and other creatures of monstrous proportions. Learn how they are related to each other, their stories and history that compose the Norse legends.

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Southwood NorseMytho Group – Goddesses


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There are actually a lot of species or creatures and types of people involved in the Norse tales: gods, goddesses, notable humans, maidens, giants, dwarves, valkyries and other creatures of monstrous proportions. Learn how they are related to each other, their stories and history that compose the Norse legends.

Goddesses:

Astrild, Eir, Eostre/Ostara, Folde, Freya, Frigg, Fulla, Gefjun/Gefion, Gullveig, Hel, Hlin, Hrede, Idunn, Joro, Nanna, Nerpus, Night, Nott, Ran, Rind, Saga, Sif, Sigyn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Sun, Tree, Thrud, Var, Vor, Weth

Southwood NorseMytho Group - Gods

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There are actually a lot of species or creatures and types of people involved in the Norse tales: gods, goddesses, notable humans, maidens, giants, dwarves, valkyries and other creatures of monstrous proportions. Learn how they are related to each other, their stories and history that compose the Norse legends.

Gods:

Odin, Aegir, Baldr/Balder, Borr, Bragi, Buri, Dagr, Day, Delling, Earth, Forseti, Freyr, Gmot, Heimdall, Hermodr, Hodr, Hoenir, Illmarinen, Kvasir, Loki, Magni, Mimir, Modi, Moon, Narvi, Njordr, Od, Thor, Tiki, Tyr, Ullr, Vali, Ve, Vidarr, Volund, Ymir

Mar 7, 2013

Southwood NorseMytho Group: Characters and Affinity

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                 Despite living in 9 distinct realms, characters in Norse legends are often connected with each other through natural kinship or via their adventures. There are actually a lot of species or creatures and types of people involved in the Norse tales: gods, goddesses, notable humans, maidens, giants, dwarves, valkyries and other creatures of monstrous proportions. Learn how they are related to each other, their stories and history that compose the Norse legends.

                   Odin, Aegir, Baldr/Balder, Borr, Bragi, Buri, Dagr, Day, Delling, Earth, Forseti, Freyr, Gmot, Heimdall, Hermodr, Hodr, Hoenir, Illmarinen, Kvasir, Loki, Magni, Mimir, Modi, Moon, Narvi, Njordr, Od, Thor, Tiki, Tyr, Ullr, Vali, Ve, Vidarr, Volund, Ymir

                   Astrild, Eir, Eostre/Ostara, Folde, Freya, Frigg, Fulla, Gefjun/Gefion, Gullveig, Hel, Hlin, Hrede, Idunn, Joro, Nanna, Nerpus, Night, Nott, Ran, Rind, Saga, Sif, Sigyn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Sun, Tree, Thrud, Var, Vor, Weth

                   Berserkers, Sigurd, Einherjar

                   Brunhild, Lofn/Sjofn, Skuld, Urd, Verdandi

                   
                 Alvis, Andhrimnir, Angrboda, Bergelmir, Bestla, Fafnir, Fenrir, Garm, Geirröth, Gna, Grid, Hermod, Hrungnir, Hymir, Hyrrokkin, Jormungand, Kobold, Mundilferi, Skadi, Sleipnir, Surt, Suttung, Syn, Thrym, Utgard-Loki, Vafthruthnir, Volsung, Völva

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Norse legends are often connected with each other through natural kinship or via their adventures. There are actually a lot of species or creatures and types of people involved in the Norse tales: gods, goddesses, notable humans, maidens, giants, dwarves, valkyries and other creatures of monstrous proportions. Learn how they are related to each other, their stories and history that compose the Norse legends.
Elements and figures from Norse mythology have a pretty large influence on today's entertainment industry. From novels to video games, you won't find it hard to recognize Norse references in names of places, items or characters.