Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Teutonic paganism Darwath 1996 Hambly, Barbara. Mother of Winter. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 82. Norse Gotterdammerung
Teutonic paganism Deep Space 9 2370 Archer, Nathan. Valhalla (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995) [The title of this novel, of course, is taken from Norse/Teutonic mythology. Interestingly enough, this same author, Nathan Archer, wrote a 'Star Trek: Voyager' novel titled Ragnarok, also published in 1995.]
Teutonic paganism Deep Space 9 2372 Carey, Diane. The Way of the Warrior (Star Trek: DS9). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 183. "'...If you run up on a group of tough farmers and weavers, you die. Like the Vikings of old Earth . . . to them, the only way to make it to Valhalla in the next life was to die in battle...' "
Teutonic paganism Deep Space 9 2400 Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield. The War of the Prophets (Star Trek: DS9 / Millennium Book 2 of 3). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 297. "'So much for Ragnarok,' Odo said.

'A bit anticlimactic, though,' Garak observed critically. "

Teutonic paganism Denmark 800 C.E. Anderson, Poul. War of the Gods. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 9. "The gods themselves fought the first war that ever was. Odin and his Aesir held Asgard, loftiest of the nine worlds in the Tree. Their was lordship over the sky, wind and weather, sun and moon, the stars and the Winterway across heaven and the flames that dance cold in the north. The hunters among them roved the wildwoods with boy and spear, while others bred fleet horses and broad-browed kine. Their wives blessed their homes and brought forth strong children. Odin himself sought ever for knowledge, wandering widely, searching deeply.

West of Asgard lay Vanaheim, where dwelt the Vanir. They were gods of earth and sea, harvest and fishery, plow and ship, and love and birth but also of much that was dark and lawless. They knew not wedlock, but bedded whomever they liked. Their women were often witches. Yet these were a folk gifted and light-hearted, maybe more kindly than the stern Aiser. "

Teutonic paganism Denmark 800 C.E. Anderson, Poul. War of the Gods. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 10. "Below the worlds of the gods lay the worlds of men, elves, dwarves & jotuns. These last, sometimes called thursir, were the oldest of the races, being sprung from Ymir. Many were giants like him, if not so huge. Others were trolls or monsters. still others were more humanlike, even comely. Not all stayed in Jotunheim, north beyond the sea that rings mankind's Midgard. Nor were they all uncouth or unfriendly. Some had been the mothers of gods. Some were wise, with a lore that went back to the beginning of time. Always, though, jotuns remembered how Odin and his brothers slew Ymir their forebear.

The gods raised their halls & halidoms. They played at draught with pieces made of gold. At a well beneath that root of the Tree which is nearest Asgard sat the three great Norns, who cut the runes that say what every life shall come to. There each morning the Aiser foregathered to think on what works they would do. Peace made its home among them and beneath the roofs of men. "

Teutonic paganism Denmark 800 C.E. Anderson, Poul. War of the Gods. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 10. "But slowly, ill will bred. Men in Midgard were offering to whatever gods they saw fit. Most turned to the Vanir for the kind of welfare that the race could best bestow. The Aesir began to feel aggrieved.

Heimdall left Asgard and fared about on earth, naming himself Rig. Wherever he was an overnight guest, he begot a son. From them sprang the stocks of thrall, yeoman, and highborn. When Kon, youngest offspring of Jarl, was grown, Rig came back to teach him the skills whereby he made himself the first king. In this wise did Heimdall lure to the Aesir a following that outnumbered the worshippers of the Vanir.

Forth from Vanaheim went Gullveig. So blindingly fair was she to behold that she became known as Heid, the Shining One. But she was the worst of witches. Madness she sowed in the minds of men, and to evil women she gave delight. Wickedness awakened anger, which led to woe. Having brought bane to Midgard, she dared cross the rainbow bridge to Asgard. "

Teutonic paganism Denmark 800 C.E. Anderson, Poul. War of the Gods. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 11. "Before she [Heid] could wreak further harm, Odin bade the gods slay her. There in his hall they smote her with spears. She laughed at them. They burned her and she stepped from the ashes aglow like molten gold. Thrice did they thus fail of her death. Thereafter she left them, to seek Vanaheim again and tell what had befallen her.

Outraged, the Vanir moved on Asgard. From his high seat, which overlooks every world, Odin saw them coming, weapons aflash, footfalls and hoofbeats athunder. He led the Aesir out to meet them. When they drew nigh, he cast his spear over their host. So began the first war that ever was. " [Many other refs. throughout novel, others not in DB.]

Teutonic paganism Denmark 1930 Ebershoff, David. The Danish Girl. New York: Viking (2000); pg. 174. "...where he could paint the eaves of the town halls of northern Jutland with scenes depicting the Norse god Odin. "
Teutonic paganism Denmark 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 116. Pg. 115: "'What is your faith, dear one? Judaism? I do remember now that there are Jews in Denmark. Not all Danes are Lutheran.'

'Some Jews, yes. but barely one in a thousand. No, Alec. Uh-- There are older Gods.'

'Older than Jehovah? Impossible.' ";

Pg. 116: "'...Tell me about these older gods.'

'You know of them. the oldest and greatest we celebrate tomorrow; the middle day of each week is his day.'

'Today is Tuesday, tomorrow-- Wednesday! Wotan! He is your God?'

'Odin. 'Wotan' is a German distortion of Old Norse. Father Odin and his two brothers created the world. In the beginning there was void, nothing--then the rest of it reads much like Genesis, even to Adam and Eve--but called Askr and Embla rather than Adam and Eve.' " [Many other refs., not in DB. One of main characters worships Odin, and this is a major plot element.]

Teutonic paganism Draka Domination 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 201. "'The Draka worship nothing but themselves. 'Serfs look up because they wish to be exalted; the superman looks down because he already is exalted.' when you're the oppermans, it's rather had to admit some entity might be superior to yourself. That's why the attempt to revive the Norse mythology, Naldorssen and all that, failed so miserably...' "
Teutonic paganism Europe -5998019 B.C.E. May, Julian. The Golden Torc in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1982); pg. 413. "The Viking only smiled. He looked magnificent and knew it... He wore his bronze Vikso helmet with the curling horns. Sukey clung to one arm of this incarnation of Norse divinity. " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
Teutonic paganism Europe 865 C.E. Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993) [Book jacket] "What if... the Gods of Asgard challenged Christianity for the future of mankind?

865 A.D. Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings. Powerful bishops and black-robed priests fill their cathedrals with gold, while threatening all who oppose them with damnation. But there are those who do not fear the priests, and they are the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia.

Among these Northern invaders, those who follow the Way of the Gods of Asgard carry the Hammer of Thor as their emblem, and they are sworn to increase mankind's knowledge and strength by conquest and by craft. And as Viking warlords cast hungry eyes upon a weak and divided Britain, the Way collides with the Church, launching an all-out war between The Hammer and the Cross.

At the center of this... is Shef... driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself. " [References to Norse/Teutonic mythology throughout novel.]

Teutonic paganism Europe 865 C.E. Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 348. Pg. 348: "He too looked thoughtfully at the Loki-fire. 'As you know, I have seen your former apprentice in the Otherworld, standing in the place of Volund the smith But I have seen other things in that world. And I can tell you that not far from here there is far worse than your apprentice: one of the brood of Fenris himself, a grandchild of Loki. If you had seen them in the Otherworld, you would never confuse the two, Othin and Loki, or think that one might be the other.' "; Pg. 390: "The Way must do that as well, not think only of those who tread the path of the heroes to Valhalla with Othin, or to Thruthvangar with Thor. "
Teutonic paganism Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 8. Book jacket: "What if. . . the Vikings had conquered Britain and forged a new religion and civilization based on the ancient gods of the North? Set in an alternate version of the Dark Ages, One King's Way continues the epic tale of Shef, new jarl of Britain, as he battles to change the course of history. "; Pg. 8: "'...I want everyone to see that I am supported fully by the men of the North, the conquerors of Ivar the Boneless and Charles the Bald. The pagans. Not the wild pagans, the slavers and sacrificers, like the sons of Ragnar: but the men of the Way, the Way of Asgarth, the pendant-folk.' " [Other refs. throughout novel. Norse myth is a central thematic element.]
Teutonic paganism Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 33. "When the dream came, Shef knew immediately--for once--exactly where he was. He was in Asgarth, the home of the gods, and moreover he was standing exactly outside the greatest of the halls of Asgarth, Valhalla, Othin's home of the heroes. In the distance, though still inside Asgarth, he could see a vast plain, with what looked like a confused battle taking place on it: a battle with no battle-lines, where every man struck everyone else, falling and bleeding at random... As Shef looked at him he knew that only in Asgarth could such a creature remain alive. His back was broken in two, so that his upper half lurched along seemingly without connection to his legs. His ribs were splayed wide... He reached the gates of Valhalla and stared at it. A voice came from inside, one of the mighty voices Shef had often heard before... This is the owner of the hall, thought Shef. This is Othin the mighty himself. "
Teutonic paganism Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 101. "Deep beneath both the tree-serpent and the ocean-serpent Shef's new sight could see the dim outlines of some even more monstrous shape, chained to the foundations of the world, but writhing in pain so that the earth shook. It too was tormented, continually it struck back, one day it would break free to urge on the wolves of the sky and the serpent of the sea.

That is the world the pagans knew of, Shef thought. No wonder they hate and fear their gods and seek only to propitiate them with cruelty. Their gods are afraid too, even Othin Allfather fears Ragnarok but does not know how to avert it. If there were a better way for the pagans to follow, they would take it. He thought of Thorvin's preachings of the Asgarth Way. Thought too of the White Christ... "

Teutonic paganism Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 127. "At one end stood the silver spear of Othin, at the other the burning bale-fire of Loki. By tradition, this fire, once the conclave had begun, could not be refueled: nor could conclave continue once the fire was so far dimmed that no spark could be seen in the ash.

Valgrim the Wise stood by the spear of Othin, not touching it, for no man had the right to claim it for himself, but reminding them that he was the only priest among them who dared take to himself the dangerous service of Othin. He served the God of the Hanged, Betrayer of Warriors, rather than the homelier or friendlier gods like Thor, the farmers' help, or Frey, bringer of fertility to men and animals. Ten paces behind him, almost hidden in the shadows of the shuttered hall, there stood a great chair of carved wood, with built-up sides and a canopy covered in a design of interlacing dragons. "

Teutonic paganism Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 129. "'In the end, we believe, the great day will come when gods and men on one side will battle the giants and the Hidden Folk on the other--and on that other side too there will be many men, the Christ-worshipers, the deserters. Those who have been misled. That is why Othin takes the warriors to him, to form the host that will march out from Valhalla on that day of Ragnarok. Other hosts there will be too, from Thruthvangar for Thor and Himinbiorg for Heimdall, and from all the others, sailors and ski-runners and leeches and bowmen. But Othin's host will be the greatest and the hardiest, and most hope of victory lies in it.' "
Teutonic paganism Europe 867 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. One King's Way. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 264. "The vision faded, left Shef sitting on the barren rock. He blinked, thinking about what he had seen. he trouble is, he saw in a moment of contrast, that the Christians put their trust in rescue, and so do not struggle for themselves, just put their faith in their Church. The pagans struggle for victory, but they have no hope. So they bury girls alive and roll men under their longships, for they feel there is no good in the world. The Way [Teutonic/Norse worship] must be between these two. Something that offers hope, which the pagans do not have: even Othin could not bring back his son Balder from the dead. Something that depends on your own efforts, which the Christian Church rejects: to them salvation is a gift, a grace, not something mere humanity can earn. "
Teutonic paganism Europe 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996) [Book jacket] "Set during an alternate Dark Ages that never was, The Hammer and the Cross is the gripping saga of Shef, the One King, a visionary and warrior whose accomplishments have changed the course of history. First, he led a mighty Viking horde to victory over England. Then he defeated his foes among the Norsemen to become the unquestioned King of the North. Now, in the powerful conclusion to Harry Harrison's acclaimed trilogy, Shef must face the reborn power of the Holy Roman Empire... While the ancient Norse gods observe Shef from distant Asgard, visions and portents warn of the coming Ragnarok, the ultimate Twilight of the Gods. Faiths and empires clash in the final battle between The Hammer and The Cross, and not even the gods can predict the outcome. " [Many refs. throughout novel.]
Teutonic paganism Europe 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 10. Pg. 10: "By the year of Our Lord 875--for the chroniclers of the Asgarth Way kept to the Christian count while they rejected the Christian Lord... "; Pg. 31: "The serpent was fettered, he realized... Below him Shef could now make it an enormous human shape, stretched out in the darkness. It was chained down by great iron fetters to a table of stone. Shef's flesh crawled as he realized what he was seeing. For this could only be Loki, the bane of Balder, father of the monster-brood, enemy of gods and men. Chained here on the orders of his father Othin to live in everlasting torment till Doomsday. Till Ragnarok. " [More. Refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
Teutonic paganism Europe 1478 C.E. Ford, John M. The Dragon Waiting. New York: Timescape Books (1983); pg. 278. "...because he also maintained a company from the Rheinatal order of Valkyries. "
Teutonic paganism Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 228. "But Arthur never faltered. He looked like a figure of Thor as his untrembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper the mercy-bearing stake... "
Teutonic paganism Europe 1935 Le Guin, Ursula K. "Imaginary Countries " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 172. "He looked up from the Latin chronicle of a battle lost nine hundred years ago to the roofs of the house called Asgard... It was like a white box in a blue and yellow bowl, and Josef, fresh from college and intent upon the Jesuit seminary he would enter in the fall, ready to read documents and make abstracts and copy references, had been embarrassed to find that the baron's family called the place after the home of the northern gods. "
Teutonic paganism Europe 1935 Le Guin, Ursula K. "Imaginary Countries " in Orsinian Tales. New York: Harper & Row (1976); pg. 173. "'It takes four men to reach around it! [a tree]... I call it Yggdrasil. You know. Only of course Yggdrasil was an ash, not an oak. Want to see Loki's Grove?' The road and the hot white sunlight were gone entirely. The young man followed his guide farther into the maze and game of names which was also a real forest: trees, still air, earth. Under tall grey alders above a dry streambed they discussed the tale of the death of Baldur, and Stanislas pointed out to Joseph the dark clots, high in the boughs, of lesser oaks, of mistletoe. They left the woods and went down the road towards Asgard [the home]... "
Teutonic paganism Europe 1980 Lindskold, Jane. "The Big Lie " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 145. Pg. 145: "Thor's Hammer! Hadn't I been... "; Pg. 155: "...I nodded though I had no idea who in Thor's mitten he meant. "; Pg. 176: "Freya's Tits, but I was eloquent! "; Pg. 180: "Carry on, Grandchildren. Know that from some odd Valhalla, Grandpa Coemer is looking down at you and laughing. " [Note that in this story an elderly Draka tells about events that occurred when he was young, which took place in Germany in 1942. But he now recalls these events, and uses these Norse/Teutonic invocations and curses, sometime between 1980 and 2000.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 1637 Dickson, Gordon R. Other. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 195. "His unfriendly appearance was strangely in keeping with the reddish light; so that he could have been some early war god--Thor himself, of the ancient Norse deities, resurrected just before Ragnarok. "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 1980 Adams, Douglas. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. New York: Harmony Books (1980); pg. 107. [At Milliways, the titular 'Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy'] "He lapped up the laughter.

'And do we also have, do we have . . . a party of minor deities from the Halls of Asgard?'

Away to his right came a rumble of thunder. Lightning arced across the stage. A small group of hairy men with helmets sat looking very pleased with themselves and raised their glasses to him.

Has-beens, he thought to himself.

'Careful with that hammer, sir,' he said.

They did their trick with the lightning again. Max gave them a very thin-lipped smile. "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 1982 Adams, Douglas. Life, the Universe and Everything. New York: Harmony Books (1982); pg. 120. "The first thing Arthur noticed as they entered into the thick of the party, apart from the noise... was Trillian being chatted up by a Thunder God.

'Didn't I see you at Milliways?' he was saying.

'Were you the one with the hammer?'

'Yes. I much prefer it here. So much less reputable, so much more fraught.'...

'What did you say, Arthur?'

'I said, how the hell did you get here?'

'I was a row of dots flowing randomly through the Universe. Have you met Thor? He makes thunder.'

'Hello,' said Arthur. 'I expect that must be very interesting.'

'Hi,' said Thor, 'it is. Have you got a drink?'

'Er, no actually . . .'

'Then why don't you go and get one?' " [More refs. to Thor, pg. 129-130, 132, 160.]

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2025 Ing, Dean. "Lost in Translation " in Firefight 2000. New York: Baen (1987; c. 1985); pg. 139. "'About Howie's fear of gotterdammerung?... He thinks there could be some magic formula that wiped out two entire civilizations.' "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2050 Blish, James. A Case of Conscience. New York: Ballantine (1979; c. 1958); pg. 175. "Perhaps the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was like the Yggdrasil of the legends of Pope Hadrian's birthland, with its roots in the floor of the universe, its branches bearing the planets... "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2050 Effinger, George Alec. "One " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 313. "'Didn't Apollo have . . . No, I'm wrong. I though--'

Jessica turned away from the port. 'It reminds me of Odin and his two ravens.'

'He had two ravens?'

'Sure,' said Jessica, 'Thought and Memory. Hugin and Mugin.'

'Fine. We'll name the star Odin, and the planets whatever you just said. I'm sure glad I have you. You're a lot better at this than I am.' " [Other refs. to the "Odin system "]

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2100 Godwin, Tom. "The Cold Equations " in Analog: Readers' Choice: Vol. 2 (Stanley Schmidt, ed.) New York: David Publications (1981; story copyright 1954); pg. 67. Pg. 67: "The Stardust had received the request from one of the exploration parties stationed on Woden... " [a variation of Odin]; Pg. 69: "There were two different survey groups on Woden... " [Other refs. to this planet's name in story.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2200 Martin, George R. R. "Sandkings " in Nebula Winners Fifteen (Frank Herbert, ed.) New York: Harper & Row (1981); pg. 33. [Year is estimated. Colony on another planet uses Norse mythological names.] "The next day he flew his skimmer to Asgard, a journey of some two hundred kilometers. Asgard was Baldur's largest city and boasted the oldest and largest starport as well. "; Pg. 34: "Down this far, the Rainbow Boulevard grew tacky. " [Story has many references, most not in DB.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996) [Back cover] "It will be the greatest voyage of exploration in human history. Fifty men and women are chosen to crew the Wotan. Their mission: to travel deep into the unknown galaxy in search of habitable worlds, to rekindle the dying human spirit. Their only contact with Earth is the telepathic link between one of the crew members and her sister back home. But when the mind-link with Earth is abruptly broken, the Wotan is lost in the pearl-gray twilight of nospace. Then, just as all seems lost, the Wotan encounters a massive alien presence. Suddenly the crew is forced to realize that their every assumption about life and death, humanity and the universe, may be dead wrong. " [The name of the ship featured in the novel, 'Wotan', is an alternative name for Odin, lord of the Norse/Teutonic pantheon.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. 26. [1] "'Fimbulwinter,' the year-captain says. 'Ragnarok.' The barbaric half-forgotten words leap instantly to his tongue almost of their own accord...

'The Twilight of the Gods, yes,' Elizabeth says...

They want to hear more. The year-captain says, reaching deep for the ancestral lore, 'A time comes when the sun turns black. It gives no light, it gives no warmth, winter comes three times in succession with no summer between. This is the Fimbulwinter, the great winter that heralds the world's end. There is battle everywhere in the darkness, and brother slays brother for the sake of greed, and father lies with daughter, sister with brother, many a whoredom.'

Elizabeth is nodding. She knows these ancient skaldic poems too. Half to herself she murmurs, rocking back and forth rhythmically. ' 'An axe-age, a sword-age, shields shall be cloven. A wind-age, a wolf-age, ere the world totters.' ' "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. 27. [2] Pg. 26-27: "'Yes,' says the year-captain, shivering now, his mind swirling with the powerful ancient images. 'A great wolf will swallow the sun, and another wolf the moon. The stars vanish from the heavens. Trees are torn up, and mountains fall, and all fetters and bonds are broken and rent. The sea bursts its bound, and the Midgard Serpent stirs and comes up on the land and sprinkles all the air and water with his venom, and the Fenris-Wolf breaks free and advances with his mouth agape, his lower jaw against the Earth and the upper against heaven. Nothing is without fear anywhere in the world. For this is the day on which the gods will meet their doom.' "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. 27. [3] "He falls silent, playing out the final titanic battle in his mind, Thor putting the Serpent to death but dying himself of its venom, and the Wolf devouring Father Odin, only to have his gullet torn asunder by Vidar, and the demonic Surtr riding out of Muspelheim and casting fire over the Earth that burns all the world. But of these things the year-captain says nothing aloud. He feels he has had the center of the stage long enough just now. And an Arctic gloom has begun to seize his spirit. The ice, the darkness, the ravening wolves rising above the blazing world. And the Earth of his Viking forefathers is so far away... " [More, pg. 28, 226.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2200 Silverberg, Robert. Starborne. New York: Bantam (1997; co. 1996); pg. 52. "Now the Wotan--more ancient mythology, a ship named for some shaggy savage indomitable headstrong god of the northern forests--was ready to go. And am I? Noelle wondered. Am I? "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2294 David, Peter. The Captain's Daughter (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 60. "He briskly nodded to the Nordic-looking one. 'Thor,' he said, 'escort the gentleman to somewhere quiet.'

Thor. Oh, that was too much. Chekov had really gone over the edge on this one. Naturally he was named after a Norse god. Thor. That was rich.

Thor stepped forward, clamping a hand on Sulu's forearm... "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2352 Cherryh, C. J. Downbelow Station. New York: DAW Books (1981); pg. 168. "Two of the eight crews were here, Quevedo's and Almarshad's, of Odin and Thor; four were off duty... "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2368 David, Peter. Once Burned (Star Trek: New Frontier; "The Captain's Table " Book 5 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 29. "'...Perhaps I had been given a preview of an afterlife set aside for warriors . . . such as your Earth's Norsemen, I would learn in later years, described their Valhalla. Or perhaps I had wandered into what could best be termed a haunted house. Perhaps some bizarre interdimensional anomaly...' "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2368 David, Peter. Once Burned (Star Trek: New Frontier; "The Captain's Table " Book 5 of 6). New York: Pocket Books (1998); pg. 77. "Standing there clutching her sword, fire in eyes, a wolflike grin on her face, she looked like a Valkyrie, like a warrior from a bygone age. Just us two, there on the blood-soaked plain. "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2368 Neason, Rebecca. Guises of the Mind (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 68. [Data:] "'...I spent last night reading the history of the planet Earth, particularly in regard to the development of myth and religion. Although there are many esoteric writings I have yet to cover, I believe I know have a basic working knowledge of the subject. Many cultures worshiped warrior gods and valued warrior abilities. Among the most notable were the Aztecs from an area once known as Central America, the followers of Ba'al in the Middle East, the Celtic members of the Cult of the Head, the followers of the Norse gods Odin and Thor, the Samurai culture of ancient Japan--' "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2369 Galanter, Dave & Greg Brodeur. Foreign Foes (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1994); pg. 30. "Beyond his pale hand was the finest, brightest computer Valhalla that Barbara had ever seen. She was impressed not only by the bank of computers and equipment that was not at her fingertips, but that things, like the android next to her, were possible. "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2371 Archer, Nathan. Ragnarok (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 81. "'Your officer says the two fleets are evenly matched,' Neelix said with a shrug. 'Maybe they'll destroy each other completely.'

'Their own version of Ragnarok,' Tuvok remarked, stepping out from behind the sleek gray console.

Neelix blinked, and turned to the Vulcan. 'Their own version of what?' he said. "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2371 Archer, Nathan. Ragnarok (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 81. "'Ragnarok,' Tuvok repeated... 'An old Earth myth, from the Norse cultures of the northwestern portion of the Eurasian continent.'

'I'm not familiar with it,' Neelix said.

Tuvok explained, 'The Norse poets claimed that Odin, king of the group of gods known as the Aesir, had traded one of his eyes for knowledge of the future, and that knowledge included the details of the final battle between the Aesir and their bitter enemies, the Frost Giants. In this battle, which they called Ragnarok, both the gods and the Frost Giants would be utterly destroyed, and the world itself would perish with them. Although after Odin's bargain both sides now knew that this battle would mean their destruction, they were powerless to prevent its occurrence or to alter its outcome.' "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2371 Archer, Nathan. Ragnarok (Star Trek: Voyager). New York: Pocket Books (1995); pg. 82. "Neelix stared at the Vulcan [after being told about Ragnarok]. 'What a depressing myth!' he said.

'It is depressing,' Janeway agreed. 'The ancient Norse were not a cheerful people.'

'I think it's fascinating,' Kes said.

'A more widespread Earth myth of a final battle is the prophecy of Armageddon,' Tuvok said, 'but in that tale it is confidently predicted that the forces of good will survive and triumph over the forces of evil. That seems less appropriate to the case here before us than the essential despair of the Ragnarok myth.' "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2373 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: First Contact. New York: Pocket Books (1996). Based on the movie; story by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga & Ronald D. Moore. Screenplay by Braga & Moore.; pg. 13. "Without a word or a change in his taut expression, the captain tapped a control on his console; blessedly, the opera dropped in volume. As it did, Riker felt his face relax and realized he had been wincing.

'Wagner?' he asked, with the faintest of smiles. The music played softly on, speaking to Riker of utter loss, destruction, despair--the ironically appropriate Gotterdammerung, the twilight of the gods.

Picard did not return the smile but replied curtly and without humor. 'Berlioz. What do you have?' "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2374 de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 80. "Picard still seemed incredulous. 'So am I to believe . . . that you were the basis of the myth of Prometheus?'

'In short, yes. Norsemen, on the other hand, embellished the incident in other directions and called me Loki, claiming I was chained to a rock with a snake dripping acid on me. Loki, the son of giants; Prometheus, the Titan. I suppose I seemed big to your ancestors. Then again, people were shorter back then.'

'Loki, the trickster god. Perhaps the Norse knew you better than you suspected,' said Picard. 'Q, do you really expect me to believe your . . . outlandish tales?' "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2374 de Lancie, John & Peter David. I, Q (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 72. "'You are in no position to saw what form the End will take. Your own people cannot agree on the matter, even though end-of-the-world scenarios abound in your culture. In one scenario, there is a fanfare of trumpets, four horsemen, and an ultimate judgment. In another, a gigantic wolf devours your system's sun while a fire demon sweeps the world clean with his flaming sword. If the true End of the universe involves all of creation being sucked down a gigantic crevice into oblivion . . . who are you to dismiss that scenario out of hand?' " [Q here refers to events described in the book of Revelations in the New Testament, and then Ragnarok.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2375 Lang, Jeffrey. Immortal Coil (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 222. "He blinked and tried to focus his thoughts: there was a large black spot roughly where a human eye would be. 'Odin' Rhea said, and Data remembered the story of how the chief of the Norse gods had sacrificed one of his eyes in exchange for wisdom. 'And there are two moons coming up over the horizon. They're Hugin and Munin, named for Odin's two ravens.'

Hugin and Munin, Data recalled. 'Thought' and 'Memory.' Very poetical. He was faintly amazed that he could retrieve this information and attributed it to being linked to Rhea's systems. She is an android, he reminded himself. " [Other refs. to the planet Odin, the space station Valhalla, and the moons, e.g. pg. 318.]

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2375 Lang, Jeffrey. Immortal Coil (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (2002); pg. 223. "It was difficult to judge scale against the depths of space, even with Odin as a background, but the station . . . or ship . . . or whatever it was. . . was comparable in size to an orbiting Starfleet starbase, but there the comparison ended. Where most Starfleet bases were models of streamlined, geometric efficiency, this station, this Valhalla, could claim as ancestors both Gothic cathedrals and snowflakes. Every surface was carved, sculpted with rich geometric detail. It was overwhelming in its fractal complexity. "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2375 Pellegrino, Charles & George Zebrowski. Dyson Sphere (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1999); pg. 212. Valkyrie
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2376 David, Peter. "Death After Life " in What Lay Beyond (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 204. "'Does the name 'Valhalla' mean anything to you?'

'Uhm . . .' She ran her fingers through her hair. 'It's, uh . . . a starship. Excelsior-class. Named after a famous American Revolution battle centuries ago, I think . . .'

'What? What're you . . .? No!' he moaned. 'Eppy, that's the Valley Forge, for crying out loud. I'm talking about Valhalla, the literary reference . . .'

'Dammit, Mac, I'm a captain, not a librarian! How am I supposed to . . . wait . . . wait . . .' She frowned, racking her brain. 'It's uhm . . . that place. Norse mythology . . .'

'Right . . .'

She was flipping her hand around as if trying to swat an annoying insect. 'where the warrior women lived . . . the Valkyries . . . and they'd come and bring fallen warriors to this place, this fall of dead heroes, and that was Valhalla . . .'

'Exactly, yes. Well, the, uhm,' he cleared his throat, 'the interesting thing about myths... is how entirely different...' " [More]

Teutonic paganism galaxy 2376 David, Peter. "Death After Life " in What Lay Beyond (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 215. "And then there was a roar near them, and in his near-death delirium, Calhoun wondered whether Valkyries were descending from Valhalla. They were, after all, freezing to death, and that was certainly evocative of the icy climes that the Norsemen hailed from . . . "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2599 Piper, H. Beam. Little Fuzzy in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1962); pg. 4. Pg. 4: "...the planet... Zarathustra... On Terra or Baldur or Freya or Ishtar... " [Planets named after religious figures. These names are mentioned in passing in a few other places in book.] Pg. 9: "Terra-Baldur-Marduk Spacelines "; Pg. 37: "'Why, we won't be any better off than the Yggdrasil Company, squatting on a guano heap on one continent!' "; Pg. 111: "'The whole thing's a fake; it stinks from here to Nifflheim. It would stink on Nifflheim.' " [Etc.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2599 Piper, H. Beam. The Other Human Race in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1964); pg. 157. Pg. 157: "...Terra-Baldur-Marduk Spacelines, and Interstellar Explorations, Ltd... " [Other refs. in novel to this spaceline, named after planets, two of which were named after figures from ancient mythology.]; Pg. 175: "'Gus, why in Nifflheim did Leslie Coombes show up...' "; Pg. 186: "Now, wasn't this a Nifflheim of a business? "; Pg. 232: "'It sure to Nifflheim isn't...' "; Pg. 245: "'...The bulk-matter is pure wheat farina, the same as Argentine Syntho-Foods and Odin Dietetics use... They tried it on all the standard lab-animals; Terran hamsters and Thoran tilbras, and then on Freyan kholphs...' "; Pg. 252: "The natives on planets like Loki and Gimli and Thor and even Shesha and Uller thought it was... "; Pg. 278: "' on Loki, platinum on Thor, vanadium and wolfram on Hathor, nitrates on Yggdrasil...' " [Etc.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2599 Piper, H. Beam. The Other Human Race in Fuzzy Papers (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1964); pg. 242. "'...There'll be a sale for them everywhere--Terra, Odin, Freya, Marduk, Aton, Baldur, planets like that...' "
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2733 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 5. "'The Templars are sending their treeship Yggdrasill,' said Gladstone, 'and the evacutation task force commander has instructions to let it pass. With a three-week time-debt, you can rendezvous with the Yggdrasill before it goes quantum from the Parvati system...' " [There are many other references to the Yggdrasill, which draws its name from Teutonic mythology.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 2780 Simmons, Dan. The Fall of Hyperion. New York: Bantam (1991; 1st ed. 1990); pg. 16. "'...only hours after the Ouster scouts had destroyed the treeship Yggdrasill...' " [Other references to this ship, not in DB, e.g., pg. 33, 104-105, 152, 200-201, 224, 228, etc.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 526. "'shortly after the treeship, the Yggdrasill, had burned in orbit...' " [Also pg. 533-534.]
Teutonic paganism galaxy 3900 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Mercedes Lackey. Rediscovery. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 256. "She called up the music program, and keyed in 'The Ride of the Valkyries,' directing the computer to play a random selection after that.

What are 'Valkyries,' Ysaye?

Warrior maidens, Ysaye replied, giving her a mental picture of Brunnhhilde in full-dress braids, winged helm, and all. They come from the German legends that formed the basis for this opera. "

Teutonic paganism galaxy 4000 Drew, Wayland. The Erthring Cycle. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1984); pg. -3. "Pg. -3: "The Master's Map of Norriya " includes many names from Norse/Teutonic myth: Yggdrasil, Jotunheim, Asgard, Neffelheim, etc.; Pg. -2: Map: "The Yggdrasilian Erthring " has Norse/Teutonic names: Yggdrasil, Norriya, Esterholme, etc.; Pg. -1: Map of Yggdrasil includes names such as Neffelheim, Freyisfiord, Asgard, Jotunheim, etc. Evidently colonists from Earth have named islands, the ocean, cities, etc. on a colonized planet using a Teutonic motif. Many refs. to such names throughout book, not in DB.]

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