Ancient To Modern: Borrowed Gods (1)

Characters from Thor, directed by Kenneth Branaugh (left to right: Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins)
Characters from Thor, directed by Kenneth Branaugh (left to right: Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins)
Disney Marvel's Thor: The Dark World Heimdall (Idris Elba) Ph: Film Frame © 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
Disney Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
Heimdall (Idris Elba)
Ph: Film Frame
© 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
Freya (Renee Russo) from Thor (2011), directed by Kenneth Branaugh
Freya (Renee Russo) from Thor (2011), directed by Kenneth Branaugh

Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki, and Heimdall were borrowed from the Norse pantheon and re-imagined by Marvel Comics. These characters were also used effectively in a number of movies by the Disney Marvel franchise. Keeping in mind that this series is all about eye candy through various media, let us begin with…

Odin

He was highly regarded as the god of royalty, death, healing, poetry, and battle, etc. He is the husband of the goddess Freya and the father of Thor. He has many representations in art, both ancient and modern.

A medieval depiction of Odin (Late Middle Ages), Royal Library, Copenhagen
A medieval depiction of Odin (Late Middle Ages), Royal Library, Copenhagen
Godan (Odin) and Frea as illustrated by Emile Doepler (1905)
Godan (Odin) and Frea as illustrated by Emile Doepler (1905)

 

Relief of Odin on a modern coin.
Relief of Odin on a modern coin.

As I have already mentioned, he has been re-imagined as a character by Marvel Comics.

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MarveComics
Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

And, of course, there are his appearances (played by the formidable Sir Anthony Hopkins)  in the Thor series of movies by the Disney Marvel franchise.

Image credit: Disney Marvel (actor: Anthony Hopkins)
Image credit: Disney Marvel (actor: Anthony Hopkins)

(to be continued)

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12 thoughts on “Ancient To Modern: Borrowed Gods (1)”

    1. If not for the Disney Marvel movies, I don’t know that I’d have looked into this, either. I have since found that one must be careful in these imaginary universes. Like any human endeavor, there are aesthetic and honorable efforts as well as disturbing junk. Take care, and thank you for your comment.

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      1. It has been a while since I’ve read the treatment in the comics… In the movies it is strongly implied that the Norse “Gods” are merely a very advanced alien race with science so far above ours that it appears like magic… I thought in the comics they were more like Gods (i.e. not based in science).

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      2. I’m not as familiar with the comics, but I think you’re right. In one way, I do like the mixture of mythology and science fiction from the movies. I can see how taking a more purely spiritual approach might be hard to pull off, but that is what interests me most if it can be done properly.

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      3. I think it’s harder to pull off in a modern setting. Something like “Clash of the Titans,” for example, takes place in a time of lesser scientific development so belief in Gods and magic is an easier transformation. In the modern world, it’s tougher… then when you throw in Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Hulk, etc. etc. characters known to get their powers from explainable science, it’s harder to have magic work. I’m really interested to see what they do with the Doctor Strange movie in that regard… will it skew towards mysticism OR towards some kind of advanced science of energy manipulation?

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