Day of the dead
Dear reader, if you have stumbled upon this page, it is very likely that you have read the "Day of the dead", a spin off -story of my novel Fargoer. On this page I will explain and clarify few details of mythological and historical background of this short story. In addition links to wikipedia-articles are given for further reading.
- The one-eyed man in the story is Odin, the ruler of the Norse gods. Odin in wikipedia.
- Baldr is Odin's son, who is accidentally killed because of Loki's tricks. As he died, he is cast to Helheim, the gray world of the dead described in the Norse mythology. The day of the dead can be seen as Odin's desperate measure to get his son back. Baldr and Helheim in wikipedia.
- Hel is the ruler of Helheim and in many ways, Odin's enemy. Hel in wikipedia.
- King's table, Hnefatafl is a real boardgame that was played during the Viking Age. Boards and pieces have been found in excavations and some form of rules for the game are also known. King's table -games in wikipedia.