A horse is a horse of course, of course…

Not so this horse

This part in the saga is probably the most well known. The Trojan horse has been taught since we explored Greek Mythology. In many cases, I believe it is because the horse is truly a symbol of so many things.

Trojan horse

  • Things may not always be what they appear
  • Deception
  • Cunning
  • To be wary of your adversaries offering you gifts

In fact, the phrase “beware Greeks bearing gifts” comes from this story. See if you can spot it. The words are slightly different in order but the sentiment is still there.

Laocoon

Along with that phrase is another form this story. While less known to myself than the former, it is still familiar to me: “the face that launched a thousand ships…”. To mean a beauty so rare that it would cause men to go off to war.

ships

This brings this particular saga to a close. I hope you have enjoyed the journey.

The Wooden Horse as read from

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

by William F Russell

Book cover

 

Tim R.

It is a privilege to read to the world.

Now you done it!

Pride can lead to excess

Achilles was a man of great pride, and so a man of great excess.

Notice his character was given the extremes of being the most handsome, most skilled, the bravest, etc… of all the Greeks.

Achilles

With that came excessive pride. It was this excess that caused him to refuse to budge when it came to Agamemnon. As a result, many Greeks died in the battle that might otherwise not have. Including his great friend Patroclus. It is Patroclus death that is the impetus for Achilles great rage which we see in this instalment.

Patroclus

On another note, you will meet the Roman god ‘Vulcan’ today. We’re not talking about Mr Spock, we’re talking about the lame son of Zeus and Hera. He is the forger of all things required by the gods. He is also with us today in language as the origin of something we are all familiar with hearing about.

You see Vulcan works in a cave with molten metal and rock. While in times past it may have been seen as a workshop to the gods, today we see this place as a ‘Volcano’.

volcano-05

There is another name of note that we can take a look at. That of ‘Achilles’ himself. The story goes that Achilles was dipped in the river Styx when he was an infant, so making him invulnerable to all harm. However, he must have been held somewhere while this was being done or he would have been lost at that time. Turns out he was held near the ankle. Today we call the tendon that runs from the heel bone to the calf the ‘Achilles’ Tendon

Achilles tendon

Come, “once more unto the breach dear friends…”

As read from: Classic Myths to Read Aloud

by William F. Russell

Book cover

Tim R.

It is a privilege to read to the world.


Hair or Hammer?

The good news is, this is all mythology and so may be told in any fashion seen fit by the teller. They’re just stories. The bad news is, the dominant thoughts currently held as to some of Norse mythology are propagated by comics. As such they are not exactly true to the stories told traditionally. I suppose it’s a matter of what you find enjoyable in the end. Continue reading “Hair or Hammer?”

A brief introduction

So much is widely known of Greek mythology that I felt it bore no real introduction. Norse mythology is not as widely known. So I am posting today an introduction to some of the main characters and the creation of what we know as the world, but what is known in that mythology as Midgard. This material is from a more recent book authored by Neil Gaiman. Strictly titled ‘Norse Mythology‘.

Book
Norse Mythology

 

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

Mythology has a place in our histories as the views from another time that helped shape our societies and much of our cultures.

We will meet Odin

Odin

Thor

Thor

and Loki

Loki

today. Also Odin’s siblings and his parents. Thor’s children and his wife are mentioned. As well how people came to Midgard. I hope you enjoy as much as I do these tales. For as we get to know the stories of others, we get to know others themselves. That it is mythology bears little relevance on the fact that a great number of people were shaped and driven by it, and so, their ancestors. Mjolnir.jpg

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