Happy Thursday (Thorsday?) Aledans! November is proving to be a month of complete insanity for me, but I’m taking a moment to host Amalia Dillin (from Give Them A Chance To Say Yes fame) on her FATE FORGOTTEN tour. Full disclaimer: I’ve only had time to read the first page of FF, but I LOVED Forged by Fate and Tempting Fate, and I know you’ll love them too. And since Amalia is as mythology-obsessed as I am, I asked her to tell us about one of her favorite gods: Odin!
Odin: Norse Myth and Fate of the Gods
FATE FORGOTTEN is the second book in my Fate of the Gods trilogy, where all mythology is true, and the history of our world is retold from Creation to the present day, through the eyes of Adam, Eve, and Thor. As you can imagine, this means we see a lot of the Norse gods and their king, Thor’s father, Odin.
Now in Norse Mythology, Odin is a god of wisdom, war, magic, and nobility (mostly meaning kings.) He’s building an army of the bravest of the dead to fight in the final battle of the gods, Ragnarok, and he’s not above any kind of trickery or deceit to get his way – sometimes those deceptions are his own, sometimes they’re Loki’s (and reading the myths you really start to see just why Odin keeps Loki around, and might have seen a reason to make him his blood brother), but let’s just say that I wouldn’t want to be the one standing between Odin and something he wanted. It just doesn’t end well for those that do.
In a very limited sense, Odin is benevolent. He knows he’s fated to die in Ragnarok, but it’s his job to make sure the gods ultimately win the war, so that a new age can dawn, a golden age for men and gods both. And the Aesir themselves represent Order. Odin uses his powers to that end, generally speaking, but his Order, his rule. And sometimes? Sometimes he just wants to prove that he’s in charge, lest anyone forget how Boss he is. (No question, Odin is terrifyingly Boss.)
In Fate of the Gods, Odin doesn’t seem like a bad guy. He and Thor arrive a little bit later to the party on our world, but they swear their oaths and make nice. They don’t squabble over being stuck with some less than optimal real estate in the North, and Odin immediately goes about the business of gathering intel on their new home in order to make the Aesir an attractive option to these new people. But as the books go on, we start to see that Odin maybe isn’t as nice and chill as he seemed at the start of our story. We start to see that Odin keeps a lot of secrets – most especially from his son, Thor.
You’ll have to read FORGED BY FATE and FATE FORGOTTEN to find out exactly what that means for our heroes – especially Thor, himself – but I promise you, it isn’t anything good.
About the Author:
Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major at the University of North Dakota before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats — to pull her chariot through the sky, of course.