Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.
Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week we look at DEAD GODS
Fantasyland had gods, right? And now they are dead. Dead Gods are not forgotten though, often they are still just influential to the land as they were when living.
This turned out to be almost as difficult as the previous topic but I managed to think of a few examples:
Uranos of Greek legend. Cronos killed him to become the ruler of gods. (Of course, the next generation of gods overthrew him and his fellow gods and goddesses.)
Osiris of Egyptian legend. Of course, he doesn’t stay dead but becomes the ruler of underworld instead.
Almost all Norse deities: Elizabeth Bear’s All the Windwracked Stars is set after Ragnarok and only four characters from the Norse legends survive. Sort of. In some incarnation of Thor comics the pantheon is also wiped out (and then resurrected).
In Thor storyline collected in The God Butcher and Godbomb, a lot of deities from other planets are wiped out.
Greek gods except for Ares (and Aphrodite and a few others I think?) in Xena, the Warrior Princess.
The gods in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Sharing Knife books. People sometimes curse the dead gods but they aren’t mentioned otherwise. The first book is “Beguilement”.
I also have vague memories of a book or perhaps a comic book where a whole city was built inside (or on top of) the body of a dead god. But I can’t remember where! Has anyone else read it, please?