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« Topic Start: March 25, 2011, 10:51:21 am »

I enjoyed this History Channel documentary on Thor. There are a few factual errors – for example, Thor is not Freya’s brother – but those aside it is a very accessible look at the mythology of Heathenry, Thor, and the times and people who honoured him. It’s forty-five minutes long so put some time aside to watch it.  Grin

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« Reply #1: March 25, 2011, 11:15:56 am »

I enjoyed this History Channel documentary on Thor. There are a few factual errors – for example, Thor is not Freya’s brother – but those aside it is a very accessible look at the mythology of Heathenry, Thor, and the times and people who honoured him. It’s forty-five minutes long so put some time aside to watch it.  Grin

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Saw this when it aired!  I have seen worse that is for sure, but it was enjoyable.  Cool
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« Reply #2: March 25, 2011, 03:40:42 pm »

I enjoyed this History Channel documentary on Thor. There are a few factual errors – for example, Thor is not Freya’s brother – but those aside it is a very accessible look at the mythology of Heathenry, Thor, and the times and people who honoured him. It’s forty-five minutes long so put some time aside to watch it.  Grin

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Didn't any of all these experts and scholars they interviewed point out the rather glaring errors? Freya is never referenced as Thor's sister, nor is Loki ever referenced as his servant. Ever. Where did they get these ideas? I was also surprised they touched on the Christian influence on the Ragnarok story, but left out the fact that not all the gods die in it. Why no mention of Thor's sons?
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« Reply #3: March 25, 2011, 04:15:18 pm »

I enjoyed this History Channel documentary on Thor. There are a few factual errors – for example, Thor is not Freya’s brother – but those aside it is a very accessible look at the mythology of Heathenry, Thor, and the times and people who honoured him. It’s forty-five minutes long so put some time aside to watch it.  Grin

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ9csP_rE0E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ9csP_rE0E</a>

Is this one in a series, or just a one-off?
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« Reply #4: March 25, 2011, 04:36:31 pm »

Didn't any of all these experts and scholars they interviewed point out the rather glaring errors?

Bearing in mind that I haven't seen this particular one, but:  My admittedly fuzzy idea of how such things are produced indicates that they probably have a LOT more interview footage than wound up in the show. It's entirely possible that one or more of the experts interviewed did give information that would have contradicted what History Channel was presenting.  Ultimately, though, their goal is ratings, which means entertainment--not necessarily good scholarship.

I am not accusing them of deliberately editing to tell the story they felt would sell best, by any means.  I have no proof of that even if I wanted to make such an accusation, and it would be unwise for me to do so based on secondhand information.  What I'm saying, though, is that it pays to keep in mind that their goals are different from someone writing an academic paper, and that the difference of focus *might* affect their choices about how the material is presented.
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