Keep Calm and Love The Winter (God)

Let's talk about Ull, shall we?

There's a whole lotta good stuff in the Prose Edda (kind of sort of the Viking Bible) and the Marvel folklore about Thor, God of Thunder, Prince of Asgard, All Around Great Guy. But there's barely anything out there about his cutie-pie stepson. Whaddya say we get a little better acquainted with the Norse God of Winter??

According to the Prose Edda, Ull is the son of the goddess Sif, and the stepson of her hammer-weilding hubby, Thor. He lives in a pad called Ydalir, which essentially breaks down to "where there are lots of Yew Dales." He's the God of Winter (and skiing!), and he may or may not have had a thing for that jotunish winter chick, Skadi.

And that's all we know. Bummer, right?

But the lack of info on Ull made him the perfect character for my Elsker Saga. Essentially he's a blank slate, which means I get free reign to imagine him any way I want to.

And I imagine him like this:

Doesn't that just scream Norse God to you??

My Ull is an overprotective, overbearing, stubborn, sensitive, cards-close-to-the-vest, Asgardian assassin with a heart of gold and a grin that'll knock you off your feet. He's torn between wanting to run away from the life of duty required of Asgardian royalty, and his desire to protect everyone he cares about from impending annihilation. (That whole Ragnarok deal can really put a damper on a good time.) He's loyal and honorable and it drives him crazy that the girl he loves won't do what he says. And yes, he lives in a place called Ydalir... only this time around, it's a charming English cottage in the Cotswolds.

So tell me. What do you think of our reimagined Ull? Which Norse gods do YOU think might join him for a cup of tea at Ydalir... or a frost giant hunt in Jotunheim?

Skal, y'all!

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