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That interest meme

Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have less than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.

I have 51 interests listed so you get: comic books, Frigg, Hel, Nero Wolfe, polytheism, Skadi, Vanir

comic books: I've been a fan of comics since I was a kid; I've gone through phases where I gave them up for various reasons (the advent of foil covers and multiple year-long crossover storylines comes to mind) but I keep returning to them. And it's not the cool, thought-provoking, experimental, alternative comics I like best. Nope, it's superheroes. Mostly Marvel. Mostly the same ones I loved as a kid. I suppose this one is a clear case of nostalgia.

Frigg: Frigg is a goddess of the Norse pantheon, one who I struggle a bit with. As a stay-at-home mom with a fair number of domestic interests, one would think that I would relate well to her. Not. Possibly this has to do with my only-adequate housekeeping skills. More likely it's a world-view sort of thing.

Hel: Daughter of Loki, mistress of the hall of the dead. The heathen view of where we go after death is an interesting one, because there are a number of options--you can become one of the Disir (or Alfar, if male) and watch over your descendants, or you can go to the hall of one of the gods, most likely that of Hel. Valhalla is for those who died in battle (and really, who else would want to go there considering the planned activities? :)), and there's some mention in the lore of other gods welcoming adherents, but generally speaking you are going to Hel. It's not a bad place by any means, and Hel is a fine hostess.

Nero Wolfe: A few years back I caught the Nero Wolfe series on A&E and got hooked. I then went out and located as many of the books as I could. Bought the series (both seasons) when it came out on DVD, it's wonderfully done. The books are wonderful--light reading, to be sure, but wonderful. Sort of a "comfort reading" thing.

polytheism: The belief that there are many gods. For me this takes the form of "hard polytheism", where in general I perceive all deities to be separate entities.

Skadi: Skadhi has a great story; her father was killed by the Aesir, and although he was the antagonist, he was her father, so she armed herself and set off for Asgard to seek revenge. Once she was there, the gods offered her compensation.

First, they would make her laugh--and Skadhi has a severity about her at the best of times, so this was quite a feat while she was mourning her father. They tried and tried, but nothing worked. Finally Loki had an inspiration: he took a cord, tying one end to a goat and the other to his own balls. The ensuing struggle, and Loki's final fall into Skadhi's own lap, did the trick.

Second, she could choose any of the gods as a husband, but she must choose him from his feet. Since she wanted the beautiful Balder, she chose the god with the fairest, cleanest feet. This, however, turned out to be the sea-dwelling god Njord. They tried to make a go of it but were simply too different--he loving the sea, she needing the mountains--and the marriage was ended.

Edit: Actually, I think I misspoke--Skadhi and Njord parted ways, but I don't know whether the marriage actually ended or not.

Vanir: There were two tribes of gods, the Aesir and the Vanir. The Vanir that we know of are Njord and his children Frey and Freyja, who live among the Aesir.



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