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EXERCISE Myth-take Challenge #11

Discussion in 'INSPIRING MUSES' started by Lstorm, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration.

    This week’s mythical element is: Sleipnir

    In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is an eight-legged horse who is the offspring of Loki. Sleipnir's role is that of Odin's steed, as he is the best of all horses, who is sometimes depicted taking him across Hel. His origin story is quite strange, as his other parent is Svaoilfari, the horse of a legendary builder who thought that he could build a fortress for the gods. However, as one of the restrictions imposed upon this builder was that he could use no man to help him in constructing the fort, he used his horse, Svaoilfari to help him build it. The gods realised that as always, Loki was responsible for this farce, so they forced him to distract Svaoilfari, and some time later, Sleipnir was born.

    Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.
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