Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Roskva at the end of the world
I was paging through a book of Norse mythology and came across the story of Pjalfie-- Thor and Loki visited the youth Þjálfi's family on their way to Jotunheimr, Þjálfi cut open the bone of one of Thor's butchered goats in order to get at the marrow (when Thor is hungry he can roast the goats that pull his chariot for a meal. When he wants to continue his travels, Thor only needs to touch the remains of the goats and they will be instantly restored to full health to resume their duties, assuming that the bones have not been broken). When Thor resurrected the goat, it could not walk properly. To atone for this, Þjálfi and his sister Roskva (Reap) had to serve Thor as his thralls. Now I have read this before, but somehow I had forgotten that his sister was also consigned to be thors servant as well. Beyond that there is no other mention of her.I Immediately thought her story was ripe for a series of young adult book that would followed her adventures. I love the idea of taking obscure characters from myths and stories and fleshing them out, telling the story from their point of view. It is, of course another project idea that will go unrealized-- Though I was inspired enough to do this concept image-- Thor, Loki, Pjalfie and Roskva, with a slight modern touch, especially loki who is a blend of ziggy stardust and elric.