Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BIRTHDAYS AND BLOGFEST! ... IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE! ...

HI, Everyone,

Today is THE Norse gods BLOGFEST... In honor or my cyber sis, SIV Ottem's birthday and her new release, Secrets of the Ash Tree, she is has created this blogfest....

So first HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIS!!!!!!! I'd also like to inform you all that it happens to be another blogger buddy's birthday, too... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROLAND!!!!!!

Also, today, our NINJA CAPTAIN, ALEX is hosting a bang up event, so make sure your drop by there to help celebrate. Not to mention all of us who are part of the fest.....

I decided that I truly related to one Norse god in particular. Baldr- son of Odin. I chose Baldr because of what he represented. As the god of light and peace, he was noted for his inner beauty and sweet nature. He was loved for his kindness and caring of all creatures.

Sadly though, his life ended tragically ... like most in Norse Mythology. He and his mother, Frigg had a premonition of his death in their dreams. Distraught, Frigg traveled throughout the lands and had all the creatures great and small in all walks of life promise they would never do harm to her son. Only one refused: the mistletoe. She didn't stress too much, because what harm could mistletoe possibly be. Right? Enter, Loki, god of mischief.

Through Loki's treachery he found out that the mistletoe hadn't vowed. Loki blended the mistletoe into an arrow and tricked Baldr's brother, Hohr, into shooting it at Baldr. He was killed instantly. This act was the first to trigger the battle of Ragnarok... the beginning to the end of their magical world.

Thanks for joining me today for the FEST... I hope you get a chance to visit the other sites .... HAVE a blast on this very special HUMP day!


31 comments:

  1. Mistletoe, good for kissing and killing. Darn that Loki!

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  2. Oh, poor Baldr! That bloody mistletoe will get you every time! Dangerous stuff! (especially for cats, but never mind)

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  3. Balder is a good choice and as you know he is the father of the love interest in my book, Forseti. Thanks for sharing this special day with me bro!

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  4. Poor Baldr, good gods always finish last.

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  5. What a tragic story. Great job Michael.
    -Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins

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  6. Birthday wishes Siv, Will watch the mistletoe at Christmas.

    Yvonne.

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  7. Great post! I wrote about Baldr too! Happy blogging!

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  8. I'm afraid I don't know much about Norse gods. But let's hope you don't follow suit and your life end tragically. :)

    I do like the name Baldr, though.

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  9. That bicycle that ran into you didn't have a sprig of mistletoe on it, did it? May you prove to be an exception to the tragic end of Baldr! Thanks for the well wishes! :-)

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  10. A sad tale, indeed. Who needs enemies when family or friends can fill that job?

    Happy Book day and Birthday, Siv!
    I wish you many sales!
    Happy Birthday Roland! Libras, eh?

    May this be a happy day for Siv, and a fun blogfest for us all.

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  11. Mistletoe, really? I am learning that a lot of these Gods and Goddesses met an unusual demise. Fun blogfest.

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  12. Baldur is a great choice! I love, also, that he's a god of wisdom and reknown for his judgment. I feel like he's Odin's favorite, and I bet Thor had kind of a hard time growing up, always being compared to him. That's my headcannon anyway :) Awesome pick!

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  13. Happy birthday Siv and Roland!

    Death by mistletoe. *palm to forehead* Well, if you've got to go, make it interesting, eh?

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  14. Mistletoe might look harmless but if you've been caught in a thicket of them they're worse at drawing blood than brambles, lol!

    Happy Birthday to Siv and Roland!



    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  15. Poor Frigg. I can't imagine a worse stress on a mom. Stupid Loki. I'm glad Thor kicks his butt. (at least in the movie!)

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  16. Loki is just mean, mean, mean, and I just read where Thor is going to let him out of prison.

    Why do the evil ones always have all the answers?

    Great fun today, learning about Norse Gods and Goddesses!

    Happy Birthday, Siv!

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  17. :( and I used to love mistletoe. I always choose the wrong'uns...

    Dropped in to say 'hello' after being off the grid for so long. I'm popping over to Alex's site too now to say hello.

    :)

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  18. I knew Loki was evil, but not mistletoe. What a way to die.

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  19. Great choice. I don't think most people know about Baldr.

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  20. Bad Loki! Poor Baldr... from what I've read (admittedly not much) he didn't really fit in with the other norse gods in terms of temperament, did he?

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  21. Sounds like lessons for the real world where we don't appreciate light and peace enough.

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  22. Excellent choice. And I agree with Tessa: Bad Loki!

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  23. I like that Baldr. I'd like to know more about him, read his stories.

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  24. Ooh. That Loki is a tricky one. ;) Great post.

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  25. Damn Loki! Green with envy that one~

    Happy Birthday Siv and Roland!!

    Congrats Siv on your book-I know your brother Michael did a fabulous job on the cover! I can't wait to read it!

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  26. Of course you'd choose the light and love Michael :) Don't dis too much on Loki; every hero needs an arch enemy, and Loki just couldn't help his mischievous nature. It was a challenge, you know. Vali taught his brother a lesson though :) Ah, but there is another story of true love.

    Have a good week Michael. It seems as if you are healing physically, and that is a good thing. I hope you are healing emotionally and financially too.

    ......dhole

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  27. It's funny (or tragic) that no matter who we chose as our fave God, the one name consistent throughout in the background is Loki. What does that mean? Our dark sides are secretly fascinated by him, perhaps? Or that he just gets everywhere - the original bad penny! X

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  28. Hi Michael .. Siv's book with your cover art and blurb give us great lead ins .. I can't wait to read it - I know little about Norse mythology - I did buy a book about 10 years ago .. I might need to did it out now.

    Congratulations to the two birthday bloggers this week .. may they both and all of us have much success in the coming years .. cheers Hilary

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  29. Great choice! Sorry to be late making rounds on the hop.

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  30. Congrats to Siv on her new release!

    Michael, I liked learning about Baldr, Frigg, and Loki.

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