Wednesday, October 9, 2013
In celebration of the release of her novel SECRETS OF THE ASH TREE, author Siv Ottem (Been there, done that) has teamed up with the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh to Party With The Norse Gods at the well of Urd. It also happens to be Siv's birthday. Wow what a birthday present, lol.
Speaking of presents, Siv requests that we sign up on the linky and on Oct 9 "post about YOUR favorite Norse God on that date. Because it is my birthday as well as the celebration of my book release there has to be presents!" Anyone who buys the book SECRETS OF THE ASH TREE can e-mail the receipt to Siv and she will send an autographed drawing of Freya. Other prizes are available for today's most avid party-goer also. Click here to view the original blogfest post.
So who is my favorite Norse God? Well, some call him a God, some call him a demi-god, he refers to himself as simply a giant; but he is best known as The Trickster. He is Loki. "The son of two giants, LAUFEY and FARBAUTI, he was so outrageously mischievous that he even sneaked his way into becoming a God. He was the first anti-hero, quick-witting his way out of the tight corners and confrontations caused by his misdeeds. But as time wore on he became increasingly nasty." (source)
I've had a soft spot in my reading pleasure for the anti-hero since I read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant in my early 20's. After reading The Lord of the Rings, and eventually The Silmarillion, I became interested in the life of the author, and his influences. I started to like the idea of Elves and Dwarves as more than cutsey fairy tale creatures, which led me deeper into the fantasy realm with authors like Tanith Lee, David Eddings, Jack Chalker, Raymond Fiest. I guess my love of the Norse Gods, and Loki in particular, lead me into the darker, more mature fantasy and sci-fi writings.
I grew up in a strict Southern Baptist home (no snake handling in our church), but as I grew up, I didn't like the hell-fire, dooms-day teachings of a merciless God that shows love for his children through punishment and adversity. I eventually turned to mythology as a way of "thinking outside the box" when it came to matters of religion, and discovered I liked the characterization of Odin, and his search for truth and justice.
Why Loki in particular? I've been surrounded by anti-hero's my whole life; siblings, bio-parents, friends, and all the characters in my favorite books. I wanted to be Peter Pan, not Wendy; I cheered for Edward in Narnia; and I adore that renegade vampire Lestat. Bring on the charisma and misguided impulsivity that ~almost~ works out!
So tell me, who is your favorite Norse God/Goddess, and why?
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Siv Maria Ottem was raised in the United States and studied Journalism at a local community college in Minnesota. Her strong Norwegian roots and family ties led her to Norway where she has been living now for over 20 years. Working mostly in the travel or health industry, her passion has always been writing. Living in Norway among Trolls has inspired her to write about them and the culture surrounding them. Siv has written several short stories, including Freya's Tears which will be published in Waymans Open Doors-Monstrous Myths and Legends anthology this fall. Secrets of the Ash Trees is the first book in a three part series called Gods and Fairy Tales. She is currently working hard on her second book in this series, and hopes to have it published soon. Siv now lives with her husband in southern Norway and together they have two grown children. Siv also has two children from previous relationships that are currently living in the United States. For more information please visit her blog: http://sivmaria.blogspot.no
Happy Birthday Siv