My take on Greek & Norse Mythology

The chasm between Greek and Norse mythology is huge. The beginning of each of their worlds couldn’t be more different. Although they both began with nothing but a void of darkness, the Norse creation story was made by an evil giant, as the Greek’s story was made from an egg.

Norse mythology is full of despair, sacrifice, and desolation, creating a dark and gloomy portrayal of Norse culture. One thing that I notice most about Norse mythology is that there’s remarkable heroism, characteristically marked by death of the protagonist.

Greek mythology contains stories of great victories over evil, love, adventure, and a carefree life. The hero inevitably wins, and mankind was always celebrated. Zeus is often pictured as amorous, joyful, and comic. Odin on the other hand, who is Zeus’s Norse counterpart, is also the ruler of the Norse Gods. Odin is described as strange, solemn, and detached, a probable result of his constant grapple with threatening doom. Zeus spends his time frolicking with other women, as Odin seeks as much knowledge as possible, which was often gained through physical trials. Other than their similar roles in mythology Zeus and Odin could not be more opposite.

The Norse fought against nature more than the Greek and the Norse people experienced the negative and hard things, like darkness and coldness, in nature. In Norse mythology they prepared themselves to meet their fates, and in Greek mythology they always ran away from their fates. Another major difference is that Zeus fought against his father in the Greek story. In the Norse story Odin fought against the giant, Ymir.

There is one major connection between the two and that is the importance of fate. In Norse mythology, The Norn’s exist as three creatures that determine fate. Their job is to create time, without time one cannot determine fate. In Greek mythology there are the Fates, who are known as the Moerae or Apportioners. The three females decide how long every individual is going to live. In both sets of mythologies, the creatures that determine fate are identical in purpose, gender, and number. Also, each of these stories both have struggle between Gods, who later would be ruler of the other gods. In my opinion these two mythologies are strongly connected.   

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