Writer Wednesday: Shapeshifters, The Illiad, and Norse Dragons … Oh, My!

I’d like to welcome the delightful Coral Moore to share with us today.  Coral is the author of the new paranormal novel, Broods of Fenrir, and when she told me she wanted to talk Norse dragons, how could I resist.  I mean, ya’ll know I love me some Viking.  Er, Norse mythology.  Yeah.  

So, without further ado, here’s Coral:

 

I’ve been a fan of mythology since I was a teenager. I have a high school English teacher who made me read The Illiad to thank for the hours of enjoyment I’ve derived from myths. Though I started off with the Greeks and Romans, I branched out into Egyptian and Norse myths soon after. The Norse myths quickly became my favorites because they have a different feel to them, grittier and more human than any of the others. Whether that’s connected to the harsher climate and way of life or something else entirely, I’m not sure.

Despite my familiarity with Norse myths, I really didn’t know much about how dragons fit in.  In honor of my visit today to Everything’s Better with Dragons, I did some reading to see what I could learn and pass on to other mythoholics. Here’s what I learned about the giant lizards of the Scandinavians.

One of three children of Loki and Angrboða, Jörmungandr is the brother of Fenrir. Depicted as a serpent devouring its own tail and encircling Midgard, it was said that this dragon formed the oceans that surrounded the world.

Níðhöggr was a dragon rumored to have an insatiable appetite. He primarily consumed the corpses of those who committed evil deeds, but occasionally gnawed at the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasill.

Beginning his life as an envious dwarf, Fáfnir was the son of a sorcerer. Over time, his rampant greed transformed him into a dragon. Being the embodiment of greed, he collected a hoard of treasure by slaying would-be adventurers. Sigurd, a hero of many early Norse stories, eventually kills him, but is supposedly cursed by claiming the ill-gotten possessions.

A dragon called the Fire Drake was Beowulf’s final foe. The poison of the beast killed the legendary hero, but not before the dragon itself is slain by the young warrior Wiglaf.

While reading, I wondered where all these dragons came from. Who is the first person that came up with the wild idea of a giant lizard? Personally, I like the theory that our predecessors found fossils that might have belonged to dinosaurs or whales and didn’t really know what to make of them, so they invented stories to explain them.

What’s your favorite flavor of dragon myth?

 

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Book info:

Shapeshifter Brand Geirson was raised to rule the Broods of Fenrir, but he refused his birthright. Instead, he killed their brutal leader–his own father–and walked away.

For hundreds of years he’s avoided brood society, until a werewolf kills an innocent human woman and Brand finds himself dragged back into the violent politics of the shapeshifters. When the two brood women who mean the most to him come under threat, he must take up the throne and risk becoming the kind of vicious bastard his father was, or let the broods descend further into chaos–taking the friend he swore to protect and his lover with them.

 

Title: Broods of Fenrir (book website) (read an excerpt)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Tagline: Not even a werewolf can outrun the past.

Length: 60,000 words or 210 paperback pages

Warnings: Violence, Strong Language and Sexual Content

 

Available in eBook at: Amazon (UK Version), Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Also available in paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace.

 

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Author Info:

Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives the tales she tells.

Prompted by a general interest in how life works, her undergraduate schooling was in biology. She follows science news and enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writes speculative fiction and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Albertus Magnus College.

Currently she lives in Connecticut with the love of her life, who offers both encouragement and kicks in the tail when necessary. Also in residence are two mammals of the families Canidae and Felidae.

She released her first novel, Broods of Fenrir, in November 2011. Her next release, Elements of Rebellion, is due out in spring 2012.

List of places you can find her on the web:

Amazon Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Goodreads

Google+

LibraryThing

Shelfari

Twitter

 

 

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