Here is a list of all the characters, terms, and place names I use for Tales of the Drui. If they are drawn from Mythology or history, I provide a link to the corresponding Wikipedia article. Because I want to, that’s why. Also, it will be nice for me to have the sources all here while I continue to write the series.
Here on this page, I provide my own information while the article provides you with the information I used to create my characters.
I should alphabetize this list…
Aesir (Norse gods) The Aesir were Odin, Thor, Frigg, Idunn, and Sif while the Vanir were Freyr and Frejya.
Gandalf The Legendary High King of Viken from the 6th century and believed to be the last elf king.
Kattegat (Region) The History channel irked me here with the show “Vikings.” Kattegat is the name they gave to the village in the show. It is in fact the water passageway located between Denmark and Norway/Sweden. I don’t know what the History channel was thinking or why they did this. Kaupangen or Kaupang would have made sense as “Kaupangen” was a generic name for any and all ancient Viking towns prior to the 9th century. Kaupangen means “market place” or “Trading.”
Kaupang (Region) I had to use a lot of Norway’s Wikipedia articles for the research conducted for Tales of the Drui. I was fascinated at how Norway’s Wiki compared to the US Wiki articles. Fascinating!
Dani (Tribe) Please Note: I adored the Etymological connection between Danu (Celtic water goddess and Nature mother of the Tuatha de), Dani (Germanic Tribe that settled Denmark), and The Danube River (The River believed to be named for a water goddess named Danu, but not the Celtic water goddess of the same name). I took this and ran with it for the story. In Tales of the Drui, the tribe, the river, and the goddess are all one in the same.
Dvergar (Elvin Race) Please note: Some scholars hypothesize that “Dvergar” was interchangeable with “Svartalfar” and, in actuality meant “Black Elf” and not “Dwarf.” This is the interpretation I have chosen to use for Tales of the Drui.
The Morrigan (Celtic Myth) – Oh, I have such plans with this and I can’t indulge until later.