Norse Mythology and the Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings and Norse Mythology Many Norse Myths have been turned into comic books, books, and films. This is because Norse myths are full action, adventure, drama, and relatable heroes. The heroes battle evil and mythical creatures like dragons with the aid of magical weapons like Thor’s hammer. These battle come to life on screen and the ancient mythical heroes become modern day heroes for the whole world to enjoy. Borrowing plots and characters from myths and legends can make a film more popular and make the film makers more money and it is also a way to keep the myth alive for future generations and to spread it around the world. Of course movies need to bring money in but they also need a good story to tell to do so. That is exactly what Peter Jackson did when he decided to turn J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings into a film trilogy. As an author Tolkien used myths like Beowulf and Sigurd the Volsung for inspiration in his own stories. His stories The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are now very successful movies that the whole world can enjoy. Those who have read the ancient myths or have studied Tolkien’s work know the secret meanings behind his work. Tolkien used Norse elements throughout The lord of the Rings many of which can be seen in the myth Sigurd the Volsung. Some are easy to see and others are more disguised. The most obvious element he borrowed was the ring itself. The ring is the focal point for the books and movies and is in its own way cursed but not in the same way it’s in the myth. In Sigurds case Andvari the dwarf curses the ring along with his treasure so that it will bring death and destruction to every being who possesses it. This leads to many deaths and trouble for ever character in the story. It is only when the treasure and the ring are returned to the deep waters where Andvari lives that the curse can be

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