Monday, 26 June 2017
Gods Lost And Found
The Golden Slave: originals of Odin and Thor;
heroic fantasies: Odin and other gods;
"The Sorrow of Odin the Goth": a Time Patrolman mistaken for Odin and incorporated into the myths.
The Draka History: an unsuccessful attempt to revive the Norse pantheon;
the Emberverse: a successful attempt, in more ways than one.
The Aesir are real and Thor joins the superheroes.
Neil Gaiman's The Sandman
The gods are dreamed and leave the Dreaming for a while.
A guy I know has a degree in Physics and a Masters in Western Esotericism and is a "hard poly(theist)," believing that the gods exist although not exactly as described in the Eddas. I am a philosophical/literary "soft poly," believing that gods are imagined but also that imagination is essential to humanity.
Addendum: In The Last Days Of The Justice Society by Roy Thomas, Hitler in the Bunker uses the Spear of Destiny to conjure Ragnarok but the members of the Justice Society merge with the Aesir, combine their superpowers with divine powers and thus transform the Ragnarok from a Divine Doom into a cyclical battle like the ones in Valhalla.