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Arwen Undomiel from Sydney, Australia March 7, 2013 - 3:18am

I recently got very very interested in (more like obsessed with) the topic of Tolkien and mythology, particularly Norse mythology. In fact, because I'm such a Tolkien nerd (even my username is a Tolkien reference) I became more interested in mythology partly because of Tolkien, and now I spend time researching legends and folklore, because they're really interestiong in their own right too.

So here are examples of what I found (some of you are probably also Tolkien nerds and already know this)

  • Mithril coats appear in the Saga of King Heidrek (This is also the source of the dwarf names Durin and Dwalin, well, actually, those appear in the Voluspa, a poem which is basically a prophecy about Ragnarok) but here the two dwarves have actual personalities. They're pretty angry about the fact that the king at the beginning of the story, Sigrlami, is threatening them with a sword, so they make him a sword called Tyrfing that never misses its target, like he asked, but they curse it so it will kill someone whenever it is used. 
  • Tyrfing is basically Turin's sword Anglachel (it must taste blood before it can be sheathed again) in Children of Hurin, except that Turin's sword talks      
  • Barrow-wights and shieldmaidens appear there too (and there are shieldmaidens in other Norse sagas)

Also, Aragorn's early life and the broken sword motif, as well as the backstory of Thorin Oakenshield (as told in The Quest of Erebor in Unfinished Tales) owe a lot to the legend of Sigurd and the cursed Andvarinaut, the ring that made (or found) gold. BTW, does anyone know of any Norse folklore about goblins? (not trolls)

 

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Arwen Undomiel from Sydney, Australia March 8, 2013 - 2:05pm

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Arwen Undomiel from Sydney, Australia March 9, 2013 - 2:06am

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