Otherwise, I thought I’d talk about how I used Norse mythology in my world building.
Why Norse mythology?
The basic premise of Demon Crossings is that Ragnarok (the apocalypse) has already happened to Asgard. Before Odin died he cast a spell on the Æsir survivors who were preparing to abandon Asgard. The spell changed their DNA, bound them into clans and invested them with his power. Needing to maintain a connection to their home planet, the refugees on earth settled in places where the wall between worlds is thinnest, where the faded power from the ruined Asgard seeps through the fault lines, enabling them to survive.
What I used from Norse mythology?
I didn’t want a superhero world. Instead, in Demon Crossings, when Odin invested the refugees with his power what that meant is that in every generation children are born to fulfill certain necessary “roles”. For example, a child would be born with the skills necessary to assume leadership of the clan when he’s grown. There are Odin’s counselor crows, healers and witches. Huntsmen and hounds to fight the fire demons that manage to slip through the portal after Æsir blood.
I also used some of the legends surrounding Ragnarok. This is the Norse apocalypse wherein a whole slew of gods perish, including Odin, Thor and Loki. And of course, I used the concept of interconnected worlds and the idea that it’s possible to pass between them.
I found that it’s a tough line to walk trying to honor the original legends and also create a new and interesting world that feels fresh and relevant to readers. What do you think?
I’m running a series of posts on my blog about the world of Demon Crossings. If you’re interested, you can find the links here.
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