Compare And Contrast The Greek Gods And Norse Mythology

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The Greco-Roman pantheon and the Norse pantheon are extremely similar to one another with similar roles. From Thor to Jupiter to Odin to Hephaestus, the gods in the pantheons. The “trickster” archetype is common throughout both even though it has a more obvious presence in the Norse Pantheon. The honorable warrior and thunder lord archetypes are almost explicitly the same since honorable warriors were at the height of both societies. The main goddesses in both are also extremely similar in their status as queens and their sovereignty over love and intimacy.
Although the Greek and Norse mythologies have massive similarities, the differences of the arrangement of the gods and the fundamental character of the universe make them distinct and interesting
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The most obvious connection between these gods is their collective connections to the afterlife and the underworld. Both Hermes and Odin are seen as envoys to the dead and Odin specifically was commonly honored through sacrifices of powerful figures. Odin and Loki’s offspring also run some of the afterlives just as Hades runs the entirety of the Greek afterlife. As king of the gods, Odin is popularly depicted as a wise and serene figure analogous to Zeus, but Odin is actually a seemingly flippant and tricky character more analogous to Loki. Odin, instead of ruling through honor and bravery, seems to rule by peaceful use of his cunning and his dominance over magic. In this sense, Loki and Odin are two sides of the same coin, only one of which is seen as a negative. From Odin challenging the wisest of the giants to a wisdom competition, to Loki killing a god, to Hades kidnapping Persephone, and to Hermes disguising himself as a cyclops, all of these gods prominently are trouble-makers and tricksters at the heart of their personalities and depictions. The archetype of the “trickster” god is common across both the Norse and Greek mythologies even though they were separated by geography and …show more content…
The combination these gods is extremely similar to many aspects of Hera and Aphrodite, such as ruling over marriage and sensuality. Frigg, commonly represented as the wife of Odin and the goddess of marriage, is most analogous to Hera, although Frigg is noted for her infidelities while Hera is not. Aphrodite, as the goddess of beauty and sensuality, is extremely reminiscent of Freyja in the reverence paid to them and the promiscuity with which they are described. The controversy surrounding the possible separation of a singular goddess into Frigg and Freyja only enhancing the similarities between them and their Greek counterparts as they were separated into near-perfect replicas of

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