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Meet the Gods of The Unbreakable Sword Series

June 19, 2016

With the first two books of The Unbreakable Sword series out, here’s a quick “who’s who” guide to the many gods and goddesses you’ll meet in Shadows of the Gods and Cities of the Gods.

 

Aonghus – one of the Tuatha Dé, he is the Irish god of love, beauty, and poetry.

Ares – the Greek god of war and brother to Athena.

Athena – the Greek goddess of war (and, oddly enough, basket weaving) and sister to Ares.

Badb – one of the triune of war goddesses in Irish mythology and a member of the Tuatha Dé. Together, the three goddesses (sometimes given as Badb, Macha, and Nemain, and at other times, as Badb, the Morrigan, and Nemain) are known as the Mórrígna.

Chalchiuhtlicue – Aztec water goddess associated with rivers and oceans as well as childbirth. As one of the water and fertility deities on whom the Aztec relied for good harvests, a month long festival was held in her honor (along with the other water and fertility deities) and children were sacrificed on mountaintops as it was believed that their tears would bring good luck and harvests.

The Dagda – meaning “the good god,” he is the leader of the Tuatha Dé of Irish mythology. The Dagda is typically presented as a fertility god.

Dagr – Sources are unclear as to whether Dagr is a Norse god of day, the personification of day, or just a proper noun for day. In this series, I have used Dagr as a Norse god of day – making him a sun god.

Freyja – she and her brother, Freyr, were among the race of Vanir in Norse mythology, but in an exchange of good will between the Aesir and Vanir, Freyja and Freyr ended up living in Asgard (the home of the Aesir). Freyja is depicted as a beautiful goddess with a love for gold jewelry, and often wore so much that she glowed. In addition to being a goddess of love and sexuality, she became associated with war deaths after having to make a deal with Odin to retrieve her beloved necklace, Brísingamen.

Macha – although this name appears commonly in Irish myths, I’ve used Macha as one of the Mórrígna, making her a war goddess of the Tuatha Dé.

Nemain – one of the Mórrígna, the least is known about Nemain. It is possible that she is associated with the frenzied nature of war.

Ninurta – Sumerian god of agriculture and war, who has his own epic, which you can read online here.

Nyyrikki – Finnish god of hunting.

Perun – Slavic god of lightning and thunder and the most important god of the Slavic pantheon.

Poseidon – the Greek god of the sea and brother to Zeus and Hades. After the Olympians overthrew the Titans, Poseidon and his brothers drew lots to see who would rule each of the three worlds: the underworld, the sea, and the sky. Hades drew the underworld, Poseidon the sea, and Zeus the sky.

Quetzalcoatl – Mesoamerican god who underwent changes after Toltec and then Aztec supremacy in what is now Mexico. He was conceived of as a weather deity, and then as a symbol of death and resurrection. He is also linked to the Aztec calendar, and is thus associated with knowledge and learning. One feature appears to remain consistent, and that is his representation as a feathered serpent.

Thor – Norse god of thunder, whose famous weapon, Mjölnir, was often used to kill giants in Norse mythology. (Jötunn, by the way, which Badb calls Thor in Cities of the Gods, means “giant” and she intended to insult him by calling him that – I think it worked).

Tonatiuh – Aztec sun god and the god of Aztec warriors. Like many Aztec deities, human sacrifices were required in order for him to supply the necessary warmth needed for good harvests.

Tyr – Norse god of war, whose legends, unfortunately, have been mostly lost to us now. One of the most striking surviving stories involving Tyr involves the sacrifice of his hand so that Fenrir, the wolf, can be restrained by other gods.

Ukko – Finnish god of the sky, weather and thunder. He is generally depicted as the head of the Finnish pantheon.

Xipe Totec – Aztec fertility god of agriculture. He is often depicted wearing human skins, which is intended to symbolize death and regeneration. 

 

Did I miss anyone? Or is there a god you're hoping to see make a cameo in The Unbreakable Sword series? Leave a comment to let me know!

 

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