Not sure if this should be in a section dedicated to our wonderful Dr. Jones, but, I love Norse mythology and reading about it. Has there ever been a bool about Indy searching after a Norse relic? Say Thor's hammer or something?
That would be interesting. But it would have to be something at least kind of real. Thor's hammer is a little too mythological.... If that makes sense.
But Andvarranaut or Gram (and you could tie that in with the whole Arthurian thing easily) would be very cool. Especially since there is so much you could do with that in a historical sense. Volsunga Saga is fertile ground indeed for an Indy retelling.
Or Skofnung, lots of stories about that sword. Heck you could do a bit of revisionist saga writing and say that it was forged from Gram.
And the cool thing is that these stories have at least shreds of historical truth to them. Its that same possibility that lets us enjoy the other Indy movies.
essentially. The historicalness comes from some fabled treasure of the Burgandians which factors into the saga in a small way.
Gram is Sigurds sword. It was given by Odin to Sigmundr (he was the only one who could pull it out of a tree stump) but it broke and Sigmundr died and eventually Regin reforged it for Sigmunds son, Sigurdr.
And yes, i do enjoy Tolkiens stories. I enjoy them even more when I compaire it to the source material that gave him inspiration.
Speaking of Tolkien I was Hitchhiking in Scotland and this guy picked me up in his tiny rickity car,his accent was strong and he spoke fast but he told me a fascinating story about how his grandfather used to rent a cabin to Tolkien in his Oxford days. Tolkien would go out there with his college buddies and write poems sip tea and smoke longleaf pipe weed. Then one day Tolkien demanded that no one was allowed to join him at the cabin and to not disturb him. When this mans Grandfather asked him why he said something to the fact that he was conversing with an ancient nature spirit who was telling him an important tale concerning the lost connection between man and nature. All I thought when he was telling me this was "Wow,that must have been some great Longbottom leaf from the shire."
Ha,True...Thor's Hammer has be described as smashing Mountains with one blow and crushing giants.Sounds like something the Nazis would want!
What about Odin's spear?( The name escapes me) It's been awhile since I've read norse mythology does that have any powers?
If I remember correctly Victor Milan and Melinda Snodgrass wrote a novel entitled "Runespear", set in the 1930's and featuring an American (I think) achaeologist who gets involved with a Nazi expedition ( I think they kidnap him) to retrieve Odin's spear, Gungnir, from somewhere in Norway . However I read the book in 1996 so I can't rmember the details. Would make a perfect "Indiana Jones" adventure !
And L'Anse aux Meadows is already FULL of artifacts that PROVE the Vikings were on North American soil around 1000 AD
Fair enough, but was L'Anse aux Meadows discovered in Indy;s time period or later ? Would the theory of a Viking discovery of North America be accepted at the time Indy was operating (say pre 1950's ?)