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So I'm finally able to watch anything involving Marvel Thor and just tell myself "It's just a movie. No reason to get hung up on the details"

But I still come by some people who only know the myths through the movies and make comments that just make me go nnnnggggg.

"I think some Norwegian myths or something said Loki was Odin's son" 
No, I will repeat this forever, Loki was Odin's blood-brother (they cut themselves and mixed blood, making them official "real" brothers by Viking tradition). Loki was Thor's "uncle". Again, you can enjoy the movies/comics as much as you like, but it's silly to try and change the myths to fit them.

"According to some myths Frigga taught Loki his magic" 
Again no. Jotuns (ice giants) were by default able to preform magic, and the myths very clearly say that Loki learned it from other jotuns.

If you want a plot bunny for your next Thor fanfiction however, this should do. The Vikings considered women to be magic, men not so much. It was seen as unmanly to even try, and it would seem like it was fairly common to believe men couldn't even do it properly. The only other god who does magic is Odin who was taught in secret by Freya, and he mixed blood with Loki...
So the fact that Loki could so easily do magic could have caused some serious suspicion by everybody who wasn't in on the adoption secret in the movies, not to mention Loki feeling like a weird effeminate "freak". Basically, to Vikings a boy who showed signs at being good at magic would be like a boy menstruating (showing signs that he could get pregnant, which Loki of course also did plenty of times)

So yeah, I suppose my point is that if you feel like taking from the myths by making Tom Hiddleston Loki a gender fluid pansexual, go nuts. Just please don't do it the other way around by getting into fights with people over if Loki was Odin's adopted son in the myths or not. That will just give poor Scandinavians headaches and that is, like, super cruel.
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Yukari888 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
    I'm a big fan of mythology and Marvel. You should read the comic, Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron. It mixes the two well.
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Dont the comic books and movies already give those poor Scandinavians a headache? :P
LongCoolWomanInBlack Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Artist
As a suggestion to another question, the Sturluson's Eddas, Grímnismál, Skaldsparamal(sp?). Particularly Swedish stories are in the Uppsala Edda and elsewhere.  Ynglinga saga, Gesta Danorum, Hrafnkels saga, and Vatnsdæla saga are good for stories on the Vanir.  The Völuspa is far from an afterthought but I am reviewing material now for a story.
hit-on-me-SUCKER Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I go crazy every time i see the films (still have nothing against them) but my brain goes auto pilot with the myths and then it goes "that's wrong! gasp that's wrong!!! NOO that's wrong too!!!" and i just cant make it stop :S
KiriRamdeo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
While I enjoy the movies I like knowing the true mythology behind it. Personally I knew a lot of the mythology before I came across comics and movies. Can you recommend any sites with great background on the myths?
Mysteriumhex Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
The part about magic is not entirely true. There were certain kinds of magic that were considered unmanly (seidr for example), but the use of runes and galdr were not off limits to men.
warahi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
No offense but...I'll take Jack Kirby.
ADB-Fantasy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I don't really see anything wrong with a comic universe not being the same as the actual myths. They have no obligation to follow said myths closely.
LongCoolWomanInBlack Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Artist
Why use Norse religion's names if it is a fictionalised account I would like to see some connection to the original stories. Otherwise why bother pick on Old Norse religion. Use some other name which sounds Scandinavian or any other part of the world(Japan!).
ADB-Fantasy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
It's just not that big of a deal :shrug:
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