Norse mythology logically appeals to northern European audiences. It indeed arises among ancient Germanic language-speaking cultures whose influences persist in such modern north European countries as:
• Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland;
• Belgium, Luxembourg;
• Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden;
But outside their traditional bio-geographical confines, they also find in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries an increasing popularity which is:
• Profitable for producers and publishers;
• Rewarding for book-readers and movie-goers.
Much of the new-found attractiveness of Norse mythology focuses upon the rivalrous adventures of:
• Loki, god of chaos, mischief, shape-shifting;
• Thor, god of lightning, oak (Quercus spp) trees, storms, thunder.
One of the most humorous incidents in that on-again, off-again competition involves the “Stolen Thunder” from Thor’s mountain-leveler going missing.
In memory of Shirley Climo (1928 - August 25, 2012)