World's Oldest Fledgling

The blog of Stephanie Wardrop, Y A Author

Norse God cheat sheet and a Giveaway!

on May 7, 2013

Image Last week I reviewed ST Bende’s fab new YA fantasy Elsker, and this week she’s paying us a visit with a quick guide to the Norse gods.  Plus SHE’S GIVING STUFF AWAY!!! Soooo, take it away, ST!

I’m so excited to be here Stephanie!  I’m a huge fan of your Jane Austen adaptation, Snark and Circumstance — retellings with a twist are all kinds of fabulous.

My New Adult Norse Mythology, ELSKER, puts a new spin on some old myths.  In ELSKER, Asgardian Assassin/Norse God of Winter Ull decides to take a vacation.  He drops into the world of small-town girl Kristia Tostenson, and gives her the shock of her life when he tells her who he really is.  Her orderly existence is about to get seriously complicated.

Since both the real mythological Norse world, and my imaginary hybrid of it can be pretty complicated too, here’s my cheat sheet to Norse mythology… with an ELSKER twist

Odin and Thor: Odin is the Father of All Things — the Big Kahuna of Norse Gods.  Thor is his son, the God of Thunder, and he of Mjölnir-the-giant-hammer.

ELSKER’s Twist: Thor is stubborn and off-putting and pretty backwards at times.  And sadly, he’s older and not nearly as good-looking as that cutie pie, Chris Hemsworth.

Ull: Thor’s stepson is the Norse God of Winter.  Judging by the number of Scandinavian sites bearing his name, he was a big deal in early Norse cultures.  But there isn’t much written about him in the Eddic poems.

ELSKER’s Twist:  Ull is 6’5”, blonde, blue eyed, and ridiculously muscular.  In other words, he’s drop dead gorgeous.  Picture a 23-year-old Alexander Skarsgård with disheveled hair and a fondness of cashmere sweaters, and you’ve got my guy.  I also took some liberties in creating ‘jobs’ for my gods.  In ELSKER, the Warriors of Asgard make up Odin’s army, with the top assassins forming the Elite Team — a Navy Seal type unit.  Ull served both as Asgardian Assassin and Elite Team captain, though now being God of Winter is his full time gig.  Sadly, he buys into the party line that the gods’ fates are laid out at birth, and he feels powerless to change his future.

The Norns: In the mythology, three Fates predict the destiny of the gods and protect the World Tree, Yggdrasil.

ELSKER’s Twist: The Three Fates are busy ladies, so they have a team of subordinates who pick up the slack.  Elsker is a feisty, sassy, matchmaking Norn who goes rogue.

Sif: Thor’s wife and Ull’s mother, the Goddess of Beauty has hair made of gold.

ELSKER’s Twist: I made Sif a fierce Warrior of Asgard and gave her a propensity for knitting.

Olaug: There is no Olaug in Norse Mythology.  I made her up.

ELSKER’s Twist: Ull’s sort-of grandma cooks his favorite roasts and makes the Norsk waffles that rock his world.  And since I’m not greedy, I share Olaug’s waffle recipe at the end of ELSKER.  Get ready to buy some bigger pants.

Inga and Gunnar: I made them up too.

ELSKER’s Twist: Since Ull needed to bring some friends on his Midgard vacation, I gave him Odin’s Fight Choreographer/Domestic Goddess extraordinaire (Inga) and a fellow member of the Elite Team (Gunnar).  They’re absolutely awesome in every possible way.

Oh, and ELSKER?  It’s not just the name of my rogue Norn, it’s Norwegian for “Love”.  Because this is just a little story about love — the love of a god for the mortal he feels helpless to protect; the love of Gunnar and Inga for the best friend they’d do anything for; and the love of yours truly for Norse mythology and Norsk waffles.  Seriously, e-mail me after you try out the recipe.  I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Now tell me in the comments, who’s your favorite mythological figure?  Norse, Greek, or otherwise!

THE ELSKER SAGA is available from Entranced Publishing.

TUR, the prequel, can be downloaded for free HERE.

ELSKER, Book 1, is available from Entranced, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Find ST Bende on Twitter (@stbende), Goodreads, or her website.

And be sure to stop by http://stbende.blogspot.com/p/elsker-tour.html between April 11th and May 20th to enter to win fabulous prizes in the ELSKER Release Month of Giveaways!

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One response to “Norse God cheat sheet and a Giveaway!

  1. ST Bende says:

    Thanks so much for letting me visit Stephanie! And thank you for coining #UllInATightSweater — easily the greatest Elsker related hashtag of all time. 😉

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