Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fishing for Really Big Fish

Norse mythology has a great tale about fishing. The god Thor (he of booming thunder and the hammer Mjölnir), decides to go on a fishing trip with the giant Hymir. As for why, who knows? I thought Thor hated giants, killed a whole bunch of ‘em at one point, but maybe Hymir was good company. While fishing, Hymir catches two whales – yes, not mere fish, but whales. Not to be outdone, Thor demands they sail further out to sea, and ends up hooking Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent, who encircles the earth (and, unfortunately for Thor, proves to be his downfall at Ragnarök – probably because Jörmungandr was still miffed about that big fish hook). But, nevertheless, what a catch! Of course, Hymir cuts the line before it ends in disaster. After all, what’s a mere boat to a serpent big enough to encircle the world?

Thor's catch was a bit bigger than a whale.
In the spirit of Thor, I’m going fishing this week, but I’ll be lucky to catch anything bigger than a trout, let alone the World Serpent of the Norse – though if I see evidence of him off the coast of Florida, I’ll be the first to let you know! In any event, I hope to be back next week with a new post.
 
So far, so good! (And love the cover!)
And, speaking of Thor and the Midgard Serpent, I'm currently reading Loki, by Mike Vasich. This novel has been fantastic so far, and I hope to review it soon!
 

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