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Subj: Re: Would it be cruel of Odin to totally abandon Asgard even if it led to its complete destruction?
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 08:47:29 pm EST (Viewed 88 times)
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Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 06:55:49 pm EST (Viewed 109 times)

    One key feature that is stated to essential to a skyfather is the ability to walk away and let things take their course for better or for worse. Buri has rarely intervened in Asgard's disasters despite his power would be a great help. Asgard itself relies so heavily on Odin that whenever someone else is put on the throne they always fall short. Thor himself has shown a refusal to accept his responsibility to be king.

    If Odin were to walk away as a means to force Thor and the rest of Asgard to find a way to get along with out him would that be a necessary cruelty. Sort of a way to force them to move on without him. The World-Eaters might be a good example. Odin left Thor the Odinpower and a fully-fuctional city. The mistakes Thor and Balder have both made have been well documented. After Thor revived Odin, if One-Eye told Thor "Screw it, I gave you a perfect kingdom and and omnipotent power source only for you to squander it. Its time for your to grow up. I'm outta here!" Do you think he would be in the wrong? The World-Eaters don't appear to be an overwhelming threat like Surtur or Seth.


In a way yes. But in another way bringing Odin back could well have violated some big rule and the passage of power. I know Odin, at least under JMS, seemed to be more than happy to let Thor rule. Odin wants to be proud of his son, and always wanted to set up Thor to rule.

To me that is one of the depressing things of bringing Odin back. Sure Balder and Thor have screwed up in various ways, but to me I like that a bit more. Having an uber powerful being in control sort of undermines the sacrifice of the others to me. Not to mention that ruling sort of opens a new part of Thor's character and makes him grow up a bit more. I think it opens more avenues in terms of political manuvers and such that would not be open to a warrior god.

I like Thor the warrior. That is what made me like the character alot but at the same time it is good to see the best warrior in the kingdom, happening to be son of the king, take his place as ruler. To me it opens stories up. It limits things a bit that he cannot just go out on adventures willy nilly anymore, but to a point it opens up others. He could be a part of the Avengers still but have to take leaves to deal with big things on Asgard. So to me that is the bigger deal than Odin.

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