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 Sweden 1988 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 67. "The small woman was a prophetess. Such performers abounded in the Kingdom then, for they suited the chauvinistic need for Norse folklore. Sly-Eyes and Asgerd had hired a sibyl to titillate their guests. The sibyl was dressed magnificently, a dark mantle adorned with polished stones, a gem necklace, a touchwood belt from which hung several lambskin pouches, black calfskin boots, and a lambskin hood. Her head was shaved, as was popular then among the spooky... I concentrated on interpreting her words as best I could with what I knew of Old Norse. I supposed it was part of her act. She sang of 'black seas,' and 'red seas'; she sang of 'islands reaching to the sun' made of 'wind and blood'... " [Other refs., not in DB.]
Teutonic paganism T'ien Shan 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 293. "In sight of the Mt. Kalais Demchog mandala, said A. Bettik, and so far to the south that the peak is buring beneath kilometer-deep glaciers of gleaming ice, rises Helgafell--the 'Mead Hall of the Dead'--where a few hundred Hegira-transplanted Icelanders have reverted to Viking ways. "
Teutonic paganism Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 88. "'...We do not feel that our own gods object to the respect we pay to the Tree.'

'Does this resemble the Great World Tree of Norse legend, called Yggdrasil?' Brother Paul inquired. 'Its roots extended into three realms--'

'There are Norse sects here that make that analogy,' Siltz agreed. 'But the majority of us regard it as purely a planetary expression and gift of God...' "

Teutonic paganism Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 134. "'Charge!' shouted General Robert E. Lee as he galloped into battle at the head of a troop of mounted Valkyrie. Their long blonde hair streamed in the wind as they screamed ancient runic oaths and trampled beneath the hooves of their ice cream white horses creech, white and Tom, without discrimination. "
Teutonic paganism Texas 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 231. "'Oh, oh! Yes, Alec, our daughter is a good girl and as civilized as one can expect in a teenager. but she is an apprentice witch, a recent convert to the Old Religion...'

Margrethe answered for me: 'We will be most careful. This 'Old Religion'--is this the worship of Odin?'

...'No. Or at least I don't think so...'

Kate Farnsworth added, 'I have never heard Sybil mention Odin. Mostly she speaks just of 'the Goddess.' Don't Druids worship Odin? Truly I don't know...' "

Teutonic paganism Texas: Dallas 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 3. "Bitterbaum also was not lacking in style. He regarded himself as marked out for high attainment under the banner of his name. His mother had been an anthro major at Hunter College who did her thesis on Norse mythology. Her parents were appalled at her choice. Thor? Whoever heard of a Thor? Much less a Thor Bitterbaum. But she refused to see the incongruity, or perhaps secretly relished it, and Thor Bitterbaum he became. "
Teutonic paganism Texas: Dallas 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 9. "...Thor... They shook long unscissored beards and consulted Yekuthiel Bitterbaum, patriarch of the family. But he had never heard of anyone called Thor, who daily waded rivers to sit in judgment under Yggdrasil, the world tree, defending both Midgard and Asgard, men and gods, from the chaos of the giants. His belt doubled his strength. He had gloves of iron and could toss a thunderbolt. The red-bearded one swung his club, and goats and wild boar ran at his side. In the Ragnarok, in the forest of Thorsmorsk he would fight the serpent and it was recounted that both would die.

No wonder the old Jews shook their covered heads. Thor brandished the swastika, symbol of Mjellnir, his hammer, which the dwarfs, out of spite, had made to short. They drew back, these pious Jews, murmured ancient prayers and swayed in the face of the assertion that this hero could shrive and hallow the dead. And yet the dead were so shriven that he would rise up in strength and life. "

Teutonic paganism Texas: Dallas 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 10. Pg. 10: "Thor, tall stooped Jew in whom the Norse god dwelt, he alone of all the people that crowded the hospital was lighthearted, almost gay. "; Pg. 17: "He could not absorb any more of this reality. He preferred his own. The reality of frozen tissue, the reality of supreme service. If he could manage to bring it about, he would be rendering inestimable service, as had his namesake Thor, to gods and man. Did it make a difference that his gods were the immutable laws of science and the logic of thought? " [Many other refs., not in DB. The main character is a Jew named Thor.]
Teutonic paganism Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. -3. [Dramatis Personae] Pg. -3: "Monira--Leader of the war-trained Children of Vothan. " [Wotan, or Odin]; Pg. -1: "Matthias--Highpriest of Vothan. "
Teutonic paganism Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 29. "Then the priesthoods. Old Yanulf, splendid in blue robes, scowling because the Council bickered instead of getting on with preparations for the Time. Sigrim, high priest of Vothan One-eye, Chooser of the Slain, a warrior god everyone feared and few loved. Florali, the elderly lady--Rick thought of her as a vestal virgin although she was a widow--to represent Hestia, the Good Goddess of grain. " [Probably Norse/Teutonic-inspired religion. Many refs. to the worshipers of Vothan -- probably Wotan or Odin -- throughout novel. Note that in Norse mythology Odin/Wotan also has one eye. His wife is Frigga, and the goddess of the underworld is Hela. The novel's main fictional religion is the worship of Yatar, which may be derived partially from Teutonic paganism, but there appears to be a worship of Vothan distinct from mainstream worship of Yatar.]
Teutonic paganism Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 60. Pg. 60: "If Rick could forge a Roman alliance, would the priests cooperate? The Romans were Christians who persecuted Yatar and Vothan One-eye as pagan gods. "; Pg. 251: "'...Vothan has powerful friends.' Including some of my mercs. They may not be believers, but they're superstitious enough. And a lot of the army is devoted to Vothan, or at least scared of him. "; Pg. 268: "Wonder, if we buy it, will we go to Vothan's Hall? Or Heaven? "; Pg. 355: "At a cost, Rick thought. Yatar heals, Vothan the Chooser of the Slain takes fewer guests to his hall. The Vothan cult has no great reason to love us-- "; Pg. 410: "The cult of Yatar had its records of the Time. So did the Priest of Vothan, although they did not boast of them. "; Pg. 412: "Agzaral chose a Waterford decanter and two Scandinavian glasses in the shape of dragons. "
Teutonic paganism Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 668. "A rider in flowing cape appeared out of the rain beyond the enemy cavalry. The rider's cape and long black hair streamed in the hand. A woman. She whirled an ax over her head, and screamed war cries. My God, a Valkyrie!

The priest of Vothan turned to look. He stared, then slumped in his saddle. His sword fell forgotten as he turned to face the oncoming apparition. 'Father Vothan! I come!'

Good God, it's Tylara!

She rode past the mailed priest and struck at him with her ax... "

Teutonic paganism Transylvania 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 30. "'...Here, in the whirlpool of European races, the Ugric tribe bore down from Iceland the fighting spirit which Thor and Woden gave them, which their Berserkers displayed to such fell intent on the seaboards of Europe...' "
Teutonic paganism Turkey 1995 Silverberg, Robert. "The Red Blaze is the Morning " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 300. "Some resonant chord in Halvorsen's Nordic soul is struck by the revelation that there will be a Ragnarok after all, a Gotterdammerung: that all gods much have their twilight, even the supernal beings of humanity's final epoch. He is saddened and exalted by it all at once. They were beings of a magnificence and power beyond comprehension, a race of glorious heroes, demigods and more than demigods, and yet they fell, even they. Will fall. It is the myth of myths, the ultimate saga. Odin and Thor and Heimdall and Tyr and all the rest of the Aesir will die in the Fimbulwinter of the world, when Fenrir the Wolf breaks his chains and the Midgard Serpent rises and the fire-demons of Muspelheim come riding forth upon the world. so it has been, over and over, and so it must and will be, to the end of time, even into the days of the great Mandalas yet to come. "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 249 C.E. Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Diana L. Paxson Priestess of Avalon. New York: Viking (2001); pg. -16. [Acknowledgments] "The provable facts about Helena are few in comparison with the wealth of stories that have attached themselves to her name... she holds a special place in the legends of Britain... She is believed to have lived in York and in London, and to have established roads in Wales. Some even identify her with the Teutonic goddess Nehalennia. "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1360 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon on the Border. New York: Ace Books (1992); pg. 29. "'There have been Hollow Men here from the time of the Romans,' he went on, 'who built the wall of which all men know, between England and Scotland, down to the present. Of these, those who, because of some evil in their lives, have been forbidden entrance into heaven or even hell, have become what we call the Hollow Men. Indeed, even those who worship the old gods like Odin are shut out of Valhalla; while others like them are shut out from their own pagan afterworld, no matter what form it takes...' "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1364 C.E. Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll. New York: Ace Books (1994); pg. 8. "The folk saying was that 'the ninth wave always came farthest up the beach,' and the Norse people had called the ninth wave Jarnsaxa--'the Iron Sword'.

Jarnsaxa had been the daughter of Aegir, the Norse sea god, and Ran, the giantess. Those who had been the parents of all nine daughters who were the nine waves. Last and greatest of these was Jarnsaxa; and Rrrnlf had claimed that--wild as it sounded--he and the actual Jarnsaxa had been lovers. But he had lost her, when Aegir and Ran left with the other Nose gods and giants, taking their daughters with them. " [Other refs., not in DB.]

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1924 Farmer, Philip Jose (written as Harry Manders). "The Problem of the Sore Bridge--Among Others " in Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) USA: Bluejay Books (1984); pg. 63. "That is why Watson in writing The Problem of Thor Bridge, stated that there were three cases in which Holmes had completely failed. "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 82. "His name was variously given as Mr. Odwin, or Wodin, or Odin. He was--is--a god, and furthermore he was that least good of all gods to be alongside, a cross god. His one eye glinted.

He was cross because of what he had been reading in the newspapers, which was that another god had been cutting loose and making a nuisance of himself. It didn't say that in the papers, of course. It didn't say, 'God cuts loose, makes nuisance of himself in airport,' it merely described the resulting devastation and was at a loss to draw any meaningful conclusions from it.

Odin, however, had no such difficulty in knowing what was going on. The accounts had 'Thor' written all over them in letters much too big for anyone other than another god to see. He had thrown this morning's paper aside in irritation, and was now trying to concentrate on his relaxation exercises in order to avoid getting too disturbed about all this. " [Many more refs. to Thor and Odin throughout much of novel.]

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 84. "He helped Odin out of bed, which was a little like rolling a stuffed crow out of a box, and escorted him slowly to the bathroom. Odin walked stiffly, like a head hung between two heavy stilts draped in striped Viyella and white toweling. The orderly knew Odin as Mr. Odwin, and didn't realize that he was a god, which was something that Odin tended to keep quiet about, and wished that Thor would too.

Thor was the God of Thunder and, frankly, acted like it. It was inappropriate. He seemed unwilling, or unable, or maybe just too stupid to understand or accept . . . Odin stopped himself. He sensed that he was beginning mentally to rant. He would have to consider calmly what next to do about Thor, and he was on his way to the right place for a good think. " [Many more refs. to Thor and Odin, not in DB. See also pg. 84-88, 97-102, 145-151, 164, 182-188, 191-199, 207-208, 223-229, 244-245, 260-269, 274-314, 318, more.]

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 86. "Sister Bailey regarded him [Odin] with a sort of proprietary fondness. She did not know that he was a god as such, in fact she thought he was probably an old film producer or a Nazi war criminal. Certainly he had an accent she couldn't quite place, and his careless civility, his natural selfishness and his obsession with personal hygiene spoke of a past that was rich with horrors.

If she could have been transported to where she might see her secretive patient enthroned, warrior father of the warrior gods of Asgard, she would have been surprised. That is not quite true, in fact. But she would have been startled quite out of her wits. "

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 101. "'...Odin is the greatest of the Gods of Asgard, and I am his devoted servant in all things. Odin says, 'Do this,' and I do it. Odin says, 'Go there,' and I go there. Odin says, 'Go and get my big stupid son out of the hospital before he causes any more trouble, and then, I don't know, glue him to the floor or something,' and I do exactly as he asks...'

Thor was not sufficiently subtle a student of human nature, or, for that matter, divine or goblin nature, to be able to argue that this was in fact a very powerful grip to hold over anybody...

'Well then,' he shouted, 'take this message back to my father, Odin. Tell him that I, Thor, the God of Thunder, demand to meet him...' "

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 182. "'I am Thor. I am the God of Thunder. The God of Rain. The God of the High Towering Clouds. The god of Lightning. The God of the Flowing Currents. The God of the Particles. The God of the Shaping and Binding Forces. The God of the Wind. The God of the Growing Crops. The God of the Hammer Mjollnir.'

'Are you?' simmered Kate. 'Well, I've no doubt that if you'd picked a slack moment to mention all that, I might have taken an interest, but right now it just makes me very angry...' "

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 188. "Kate stood and silently counted as much of one to ten as she could currently remember and then headed staunchly up the stairs in the wake of the God of Thunder, feeling that she was not in a mood for either weather or theology. The house began to throb and shake to the sound of the main theme of 'The Ride of the Valkyries' being played on a Fender Precision bass. "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom 1995 Kurtz, Katherine & Deborah Turner Harris. Dagger Magic. New York: Ace Books (1995); pg. 240. "'...One such individual was a lama calling himself by the ancient title of Green Gloves. Legend holds that he who bears this title is possessor of the Keys to the Kingdom of Agarthi--or Asgard. These are not keys in any physical sense, but certain non-Buddhist teachings.' "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: England 1200 C.E. Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn. New York: Ballantine (1968); pg. 43. "One after another, she set them all free--the satyr, Cerberus, the Midgard Serpent. Their enchantments vanished as they left their freedom, and they leaped and lumbered and slithered away into the night, once more a lion, an ape, a snake, a crocodile... "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: England 1200 C.E. Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn. New York: Ballantine (1968); pg. 20. Pg. 20: "'Look at your fellow legends and tell me what you see... This way to the Midgard Serpent. This way.' "; Pg. 22: "'The time draws near,' Rukh was telling the crowd... 'Ragnarok. On that day, when the gods fall, the Serpent of Midgard will spit a storm of venom at great Thor himself, till he tumbles over like a poisoned fly. And so he waits for Judgment Day, and dreams about the part he'll play. It may be so--I couldn't say. Creatures of night, brought to light.' "; Pg. 23: "'It just so happens that the Midgard Serpent exists in like another space from ours, another dimension. Normally, therefore, he's invisible, but dragged into our world--as Thor hooked him once--he shows clear as lightning, which also visits us from somewhere else, where it might look quite different...' " [Some more about the Midgard Serpent, not in DB.]
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: England 1944 Holdstock, Robert. Mythago Wood. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1984); pg. 208. "'What is he?' Keaton said.

'A shaman. A magic man. A necromancer.'

'The Saxon called him Freya. I thought that was a Viking god or something.'

'God grew out of the memories of powerful men,' I suggested. 'Perhaps an early form of Freya was a witch.' "

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: London 1500 C.E. Moorcock, Michael. Gloriana. New York: Warner Books (1986; c 1978); pg. 89. "And later, in elaborate costumes, would come the Masque in the Great Hall, and, with it, further discomfort, for she was bound to roast as Urd the Norn. Others would be equally suffering here, as well--there would be a Thor, an Odin, a Hela and the rest, and Gloriana would be Fryja, Queen of the Gods, in Master Wheldrake's subject entitled The Eve of Ragnarok from the Northern mythologies, in honour of Greater Poland, which ruled both sides of the Baltic. Una, whose own estates and homeland lay on the large island of Ynys Scaith, far to Albion's north, and who was overfamiliar with these Gods, found them a thoroughly boring pantheon and hated the current fashion at Court for novelty, which put her own favourite Classical subjects out of vogue. " [More, pg. 90, 103-105.]
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: London 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 12. Pg. 12: "So Randolph Henry Ash, ca 1840, when he was writing Ragnarok, a poem in twelve books, which some saw as a Christianising of the Norse myth and some trounced as atheistic and diabolically despairing. ";

Pg. 26: "In this dim place
The creeping Nidhogg, with his sooty scales
Gnaws at the great Tree's root, and makes his nest,
Curled in the knotted maze on which he feeds.
--R. H. Ash,
Ragnarok III ";

Pg. 126: "His main love was the Eddas and ancient Norse mythology. " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 32, 62, 120, 122, 126, 176-182, etc.]

Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: London 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 179. "Ragnarok was written in all honesty in the days when I did not myself question Biblical certainties--or the faith handed down by my fathers and theirs before them. It was read differently by some... for I meant it rather as a reassertion of the Universal Truth of the living presence of Allfather (under whatever Name) and of the hope of Resurrection from whatever whelming disaster in whatever form. When Odin, disguised as the Wanderer, Gangrader, in my Poem, asks the Giant Wafthrudnir what was the word whispered by the Father of the gods in the ear of his dead son, Baldur, on his funeral pyre--the young man I was--most devoutly--meant the word to be--Resurrection... supposing that the dead Norse God of Light might prefigure--or figure--the dead Son of the God Who is the Father of Christendom. "
Teutonic paganism United Kingdom: Scotland: Muir Isle 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 44: "Runaway! ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Oct. 1986); pg. 10. Danielle's thoughts: "At least my Valkyrie power sees no sign of death about them. "
Teutonic paganism USA 1954 Dick, Philip K. "Upon the Dull Earth " in The Preserving Machine. New York: Ace Books (1969; c. 1954); pg. 31. Valkyries; Valhalla [more]
Teutonic paganism USA 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 18. "But an older god, pagan and red-headed, has come from Thorsmorsk, world of night, to lift despair from the world of Midgard. Dashing, lighthearted, and without fear, he looks into the well of fate. "
Teutonic paganism USA 1964 Dick, Philip K. "Waterspider " in The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick. New York: Kensington (2002; c. 1964); pg. 228. Valhalla; Vikings
Teutonic paganism USA 1972 Blish, James & Judith Ann Lawrence. "Getting Along " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 571. "The men present were a fey Irish-American, a huge Scandinavian who in his speech constantly invoked a mixture of Norse and German gods... "
Teutonic paganism USA 1986 Kessel, John. "The Pure Product " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1986); pg. 571-572. "'What's your name, son? What are you so mad about?'

...'...The name's Loki.' I extended my right hand, keeping my eye on the road.

He looked at the hand. 'Loki?'

As good a name as any. 'Yes. Same as the Norse god.'

He laughed. 'Sure, Loki. Anything you like...' "

Teutonic paganism USA 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 1. Pg. 1: "Sunday night... I'm always reminded of something out of Norse mythology: the Ginnungagap, the timeless epoch of nothingness between the cycles of existence... "; Pg. 51: a computer program called Ragnarok (also pg. 61-62, 135, 146, 216-217, etc.)
Teutonic paganism USA 1997 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 331. "...would he still get to the Army Valhalla and toss off a few with all the dead heroes? Or would he be turned away, sent to the showers? Wash off that stink of fear, soldier.

He didn't want Valhalla. He wanted Clare and William. He wanted to say good-bye in more words than he had put in the letter. In person. "

Teutonic paganism USA 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 10. Pg. 10: "So we might begin this story anywhere--with... Or we could begin with Tigerishka or Miaow or Ragnarok or the President of the United States. "; Pg. 29: "'Oh, you've got a cat,' she whispered. 'I don't think Ragnarok will mind.'... Ragnarok was a large German police dog. " [Ragnarok is a pet, a dog, which is in many other places in book. Other refs. not in DB.]
Teutonic paganism USSR 2004 Dick, Philip K. The Zap Gun. New York: Bluejay Books (1985; c. 1965); pg. 51. "And the pursaps can go to bed happy, knowing that their lives and the lives of their kids are protected by Thor's hammer from The Enemy; that is, from Peep-East, which is also mightily testing their disaster-producing tearweps of havoc. "
Teutonic paganism Utah: Beaver County 2010 Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996); pg. 352. "'The thing says, 'U.S. Army RLX-72 'Thorhammer': RG/G Nitromethane Alpha-6 FAE.'...' "
Teutonic paganism Washington 1999 Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. New York: Del Rey (1999); pg. 162. "'Now I've even got the Vikings mad at us!'

The Vikings--a small group of mostly middle-aged men calling themselves the Nordic Worshippers of Odin in the New World--had come to Mitch as well, years before, to conduct their ceremonies. They had hoped that Mitch could prove their claims that Nordic explorers had populated much of North America thousands of years ago. Mitch, ever the philosopher, had let them conduct a ritual over the bones of Pasco man, still in the ground, but ultimately he had to disappoint them. Pasco man was in fact quite thoroughly Indian, closely related to the Southern Na-dene.

After Ripper's tests on her skeletons, the Worshipers of Odin had once again left in disappointment. In a world of fragile self-justification, the truth made no one happy. "

Teutonic paganism world -12000 B.C.E. Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Burning City. New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. xiii, xxi. Pg. xiii: "CAST


Yangin-Atep (Tep, Firebringer)
Prometheus ";

Pg. xxi: "Twelve thousand years before the birth of Christ, when most of the gods had gone mythical and magic was fading from the world, Yangin-Atep's gift remained. ";

Pg. 463: "Yangin-Atep, Loki, Prometheus, Moloch, Coyote, the hearth fires of the Indo-European tribes, uncountable fire gods were one and many. He, she, they had the aspect/powers of bilocation and shared minds. Pleasure or pain seeped from lands where a lord of fire and mischief might be worshipped or tortured. "

Teutonic paganism world -5000 B.C.E. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit. New York: Ballantine (1979 - 73rd printing; first printing of the revised edition, feb. 1966) [As is typical of the fantasy genre which Tolkien literally helped create with The Hobbit and the other books in the Lord of the Rings series, this novel takes place on another world, and appears to contain no direct references, by name, to contemporary Earth religions. Nevertheless, the novel is rich with religious symbolism and philosophy, as well as explicit descriptions of the imagined cultures of ways of the different racial groups, hobbits, dwarves, golems, wizards, etc. Although not an attempt to describe the myths of any one traditional culture, much of the creatures and language in the book is most reminiscent of Norse/Teutonic myths, with plenty drawn from ancient British and other European sources as well.]
Teutonic paganism world -105 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Adept's Gambit " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1947); pg. 433. Pg. 433: "But that Ningauble should let hang from his shoulders two bats whom he called Hugin and Nunin in open burlesque of Odin's ravens, was to much for him. It was more a patriotic than religious matter with Fafhrd. He believed in Odin only during moments of sentimental weakness. " [More about Odin, pg. 434.]; Pg. 438: "'Corrode Loki's bones!' cursed Fafhrd... "; Pg. 455, 463: Odin; Pg.463: Frigg; Freya
Teutonic paganism world -105 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "The Wrong Branch " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1968); pg. 417. "It is even whispered that on one occasion they lived a life in that strangest of worlds variously called Gaia, Midgard, Terra, and Earth, swashbuckling there... " [Midgard: the name for Earth from Norse myth.]
Teutonic paganism world 1000 C.E. Jordan, Robert. A Crown of Swords. New York: Tor (1997; c. 1996); pg. 5. "Rand al'Thor--the Dragon Reborn, the man who had seemed on the point of swallowing the world, the man who had swallowed entirely too much of it--Rand al'Thor was shielded and in Galina's control... Years would be needed to arrange the world properly, beginning with undoing what al'Thor had done. " [Other refs. to this character, not in DB. This otherworldly fantasy has no explicit refs. to Norse/Teutonic paganism. The similarity of this character's name to 'Thor' may or may not be meaningful.]
Teutonic paganism world 1955 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 27. "'By building incrementally,' Hench said. 'But cutting tin fast. By building a little, flying a little, getting off the ground as fast as we can. That's how we built the Thor.'

In the 1940s, with the Atlas and Titan intercontinental ballistic missiles already under development, the United States defined a need for a smaller, simpler weapon for intermediate range missions, to be based in Britain and Turkey. The Thor, build from Atlas parts, was the answer.

'You'd call it a Skunk Works operation today,' Hench said. 'We had that damn bird on the pad a year after the contract was signed...' "

Teutonic paganism world 1956 de Camp, L. Sprague. "Aristotle and the Gun " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1956); pg. 56. [In an alternative history.] "The Romans still conquered the whole Mediterranean... Two of the chief religions of my world, Christianity and Islam, never appeared at all. Instead we have Mithraism, Odinism, and Soterism... "
Teutonic paganism world 1960 Turtledove, Harry. "The Last Word " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 267. Pg. 259: "'The von Shrakenbergs? Jesus Christ, why?' He was horrified enough to swear by something stronger than the neopagan pantheon. "; Pg. 267: "'Hummingbirds!' Piet Van Damm clapped a hand to his forehead. 'We're all going to get our nuts shot off, and the man's babbling about hummingbirds. Thor's hammer!--and don't I wish I could drop it on those mountains/ What the green means is, all the trees and bushes in Wotan only knows how many square klicks are in new leaf...' "; Pg. 274: "Those folks who took their neopaganism seriously--a tiny minority, a century after the old Germanic gods were reborn and then seen to be no real answer--would have called him fey. "
Teutonic paganism world 1962 Dickson, Gordon R. Necromancer. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1962); pg. 1. [Epigraph] "And now, through double glass, I see
My brother's image, darklingly.
Now, aid us, Thor, who prisoners be.
Come--hammer, Lord! And set us free.

The Enchanted Hammer [by Hal Mayne] " [Also pg. 161.]

Teutonic paganism world 1969 de Camp, L. Sprague. "Creation " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982; c 1969); pg. 6. "That Yahveh manufactured man from dust, the Hebrews tell;
In Hind they say that Varuna had formed him by a spell;
The Norse believed that Odin made the breath of life indwell
His torpid trunk.
Teutonic paganism world 1970 Dick, Philip K. A Maze of Death. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1970); pg. 7. [Excerpt from Author's Forward] "All material concerning Wotan and the death of the gods is based on Richard Wagner's version of Der Ring des Nibelungen, rather than on the original body of myths. " [Also pg. 147-148: Walhalla; die Gotterdammerung; Rheingold; Rhein Maidens]
Teutonic paganism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 61. Pg. 61: "'...Just as Atlantis fell through the moralistic ideology of Gruad the serpent-scientist. Then there's the old Norse myth of the World Serpent with its tail in its mouth that holds the universe together...' "; Pg. 84: "...and Ptah became Zeus, Iacchus, Wotan... "
Teutonic paganism world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 88. Pg. 88: "'...I'm Mavis and Stella and I'm the mother of all of them I am Demeter and Frigga and Cybelleas well as Eris and I am Napthys and Black Sister of Isis...' "; Pg. 90: "...they destroy everything living a giant blond god Thor swinging his hammer and smashing all the colored races red scarlet red blood on that hammer black blood especially but Hagbard is Horus... "
Teutonic paganism world 1976 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 91. Pg. 90-91: "'My father's house has many mansions, Chris,' he said. 'For instance, you'll find, in the hereafter, the particular heaven of each theology.'

'Which is right then?' I asked, completely baffled now.

'All of them,' he said, 'and none. Buddhist, Hindu, Moslem, Christian, Jew--each has an after-life experience which reflects his own beliefs. The Viking has his Valhalla, the American Indian his Happy Hunting Ground, the zealot his City of Gold. All are real. Each is a portion of the overall reality.' "

Teutonic paganism world 1980 Zelazny, Roger. "Fire and/or Ice " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1980); pg. 140. "'What scared me was what came later, when a giant snake crawled out of the sea and started fighting with this big person with a hammer. Then gangs of giants and monsters came from all directions and got to fighting with each other. And then there was a big, old, one-eyed person with a spear, stabbing away at a giant wolf which finally ate him, beard and all. Then another person came along and killed the wolf. All of a sudden, it looked familiar and I went outside and caught one of the troops by the sleeve.

' 'Hey, this is Gotterdammerung,' I said, 'isn't it?'

'A nearby TV crew moved in on us as the person hacking away at an amorphous mass with lots of eyes and nodded.

' 'Sure is,' he said...' "

Teutonic paganism world 1980 Zelazny, Roger. "Fire and/or Ice " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1980); pg. 141. Pg. 141: "'I crossed the street to where another one in a horned helmet was performing atrocities on a fallen foeperson.

' 'Pardon me,' I asked him, 'but who are you?'

' 'Loki's the name,' was the reply...

'Loki dispatched his victim with a look of regret...

'The gods will give their lives to defend you, once I've delivered you to Hoddmimir's Holt--that's the designated fallout shelter.' "; Pg. 142: "' 'And we both had twins, and lived happily ever after. Winter faded, and the Twilight of the Gods passed...' " [Other refs., not in DB. Story is only 3 pages long, and is focused on Teutonic myth.]

Teutonic paganism world 1982 Asimov, Isaac. "Introduction " in Dragon Tales. New York: Ballantine (1982); pg. 11. "The Greek god Apollo slew one [a dragon] in establishing his temple at Delphi. The Teutonic hero Siegfried slew one, and so did the Christian hero St. George. "
Teutonic paganism world 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 121. "All the way home, viking prowling the backseat like a creature from Norse mythology... "
Teutonic paganism world 1983 Wolfe, Gene. The Citadel of the Autarch. New York: Timescape (1983); pg. 130. Title of Chapter XVII: "Ragnarok--the Final Winter "
Teutonic paganism world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 118. "'The final battle we call Ragnarok rather than Armageddon--'

'I can't see that terminology matters.'

...'...At Ragnarok the world as we know it will be destroyed. But that is not the end. After a long time, a time of healing, a new universe will be created, one better and cleaner and free from the evils of this world. It too will last for countless millennia . . . until again the forces of evil and cold contend against the forces of goodness and light . . . and again there is a time of rest, followed by a new creation and another chance for men. Nothing is ever finished, nothing is ever perfect, but over and over again the race of men gets another chance, to do better than last time, ever and again without end.' "

Teutonic paganism world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 120. "'Not a cheerful one. At the beginning of this cycle Loki was overcome--do you know Loki?'

'Some. The mischief maker.'

' 'Mischief' is too mild a word; he works evil. For thousands of years he has been a prisoner, chained to a great rock. Alec, the end of every cycle in the story of man begins the same way. Loki manages to escape his bonds . . . and chaos results.'

She looked at me with great sadness. 'Alec, I am sorry . . . but I do believe that Loki is loose. The signs show it. Now anything can happen. We enter the Twilight of the Gods. Ragnarok comes. Our world ends.' "

Teutonic paganism world 1995 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 166. Pg. 166: "'...Mate of mine, Norwegian salt, said he seen a man's face with whiskers, wearin' iron, same's them sorts talk of their old god Odin. Odin? He was pretty-headed like that, my mate, couldn't trust him. Others said they saw what they wanted...' "; Pg. 171: "I learned that I was that most reviled of men by Christian Norse, that most revered of men by pagan Norse, a shape-changer. "; Pg. 263: "It was also a notion I had from the ancient Norse, those protracted arguments in the halls of Asgard: Thor of Thunder versus Loki the Sly-One versus Frigg the Queen, terrible Odin standing silent and acute. Our wrestling was appropriately tumultuous. " [More, pg. 259, 264.]

Teutonic paganism, continued


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