a reply to: SprocketUK
Whoa... now, I have not yet seen Thor: Ragnarok, which is what I assume that clip is from.
However, it must be firmly and totally understood that the comic book version of Asgard, and indeed the entire concept of the Asgardian culture
depicted in the comic book and the films attached thereto, is deliberately and quite thoroughly NOT related in the slightest fashion, to the old world
religion of the Norse peoples of old.
It features like names, even like likenesses, but as for the structure and how things work within the culture concerned, totally and completely
different in every respect. Always has been, and always will be. It is not dispossessing the Odinic cultures of their religious narrative at all. Its
a work of fiction, and this has come up time and again since Thor was first introduced to the comic book scene, resulting in the precise same
And lets face it, comic books have drawn from the religious beliefs and mythologies of countless cultures over the years, from the depictions of
various characters familiar to Christians, Buddhists, those involved in maintaining ancient Greek and Roman traditions, and a whole host more. If you
want an example of a serious mishmash, that draws inspiration from, without actually assuming the identity of a whole HEAP of religions at once, look
at the Lucifer comics, circa 2000. Those went pretty much from pillar to post, with personifications of nearly all the Tarot cards, biblical
characters, Japanese inspired figures of myth, various angels and fallen angels, elements of Irish folklore, dribs and drabs of ancient Mesopotamian
here and there, splashings of occultisms from every regional school of thought on the issue, all given the comic book treatment.
Its not dispossessing anyone of anything, and in fact, I know of plenty of people who had comic books as a gateway to a deeper interest and eventual
understanding (after great volumes of research), of the actual mythos and beliefs attached to the ancient Norse and Northern European beliefs, as a
result of seeing comic books based thereon.