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Monsters in Norse Myths by Nancy J. Cohen
Fairy tales and myths abound with dark and evil creatures. At Halloween, we think of these shadows and shifters of the night. Norse mythology in particular has plenty of frightening foes. I studied these stories as research for my paranormal/fantasy Drift Lords series.
Fenrir the Wolf is a fire giant in disguise. In the Norse creation myth, giants were the first inhabitants on Earth. There were two kinds: frost giants and fire giants. None of them were good guys. Fenrir had shapeshifting abilities. In my story, he first appears as a helpless little dog tied to a rock in a cave. He is the son of Loki, the trickster god, and is responsible for killing Odin the All-Father at a great battle called Ragnarok. When Nira Larsen, my heroine, first encounters the beast along with Detective Carlson who’d been tailing her, they heard its wails and feared it might be a child lost in the woods. But there they came upon a cave from which the pitiful cries issued forth.
She edged into the narrow space which widened a few feet further into a small cavern. Sure enough, a rangy mutt was secured to a rock by a gold-colored cord. Its coat matted with grime, the small creature wagged its tail at the sight of them, straining on the leash looped around its neck and body.
“Poor thing is too hoarse to bark.” Careful not to scare the animal, she advanced slowly.
He looked half-starved from his scrawny body and his dry tongue hanging out between panting breaths. Sad brown eyes regarded her as he gave a low, pleading whimper.
Detective Carlson didn’t budge, his features wary. “I don’t know. This whole setup doesn’t seem right. Maybe we should—”
“Untie him, of course.” Nira sprang forward.
But it was too late. She’d unlooped the cord from the rock and undid the knot. Strange. The leash felt more like a ribbon than a rope. Why hadn’t the creature broken free before? Surely this silken bond wouldn’t be enough to hold him, even in his weakened state.
Unease rose the hackles on her nape. Had she judged wrong?
Released from its restraint, the dog leaped forward, its eyes glowing in the darkened interior. As she froze, its body fattened and elongated. Its ears stood up and its fur lengthened. Rows of incisors flashed in a feral grin, as it morphed into a much more dangerous animal.
What Nira didn’t realize was that the cord binding Fenrir was a magic gold ribbon crafted by the gods to keep the wolf imprisoned. He isn’t the only mythological creature she encounters during her adventures. Trolls have long been storied characters. The recent film Snow White and the Huntsman had a troll. Often in these tales, you have to pay the troll a fee to cross a bridge. In my series, they are fierce soldiers who have invaded Earth through a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle. I call them Trolleks, and their intent is to conquer the world. The Drift Lords are summoned to quell the invasion and send the beasts back where they belong. But these heroes can’t accomplish their task alone. They need the help of a special group of Earth women whose powers derive from Odin himself.
Dragons and sea serpents are also part of these tales. For example, the dragon Nidhoggr guards the Hvergllmer Fountain that nourishes a root of the great ash tree. This world tree supports the nine realms. Another beast, Fafnir, is a giant disguised as a dragon to guard its treasure. Jormungand, the sea serpent, is a spawn of Loki. Thor, the warrior god, battles this monster at Ragnarok, Thor kills this creature with a blow of his infamous hammer, but not before the serpent fatally lashes him with its tail. And so the stories continue. Even zombies aren’t excluded. Hel, goddess of the underworld, unleashes her dead walkers in Warrior Lord, book three in the Drift Lords series. So you see, Norse mythology offers such a wealth of material that I won’t have any dearth of monsters to pepper my stories.
People were telling scary tales long before the dawn of history, and we continue to enjoy thrills and chills to this day. Happy Halloween!
Warrior Prince: The Drift Lords Series by Nancy J. Cohen
When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she’s drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.
After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar—leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords—summons his troops. He doesn’t count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar’s soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?
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Nancy J. Cohen is a multi-published author who writes romance and mysteries. Her popular Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list, while Nancy’s imaginative romances have garnered rave reviews and a HOLT Medallion Award. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.