Quote:In the old Tales of Asgard, Asgard was one among many kingdoms inhabited by Asgardianlike beings. On one hand it did make the Asgardian world much larger. You get the feeling that for all their talk of gods the Asgardians sort of know what it is like to be mortal because they have so many peers. Their overall life was very much like with mortals because of the vastness of the world and the equals. Odin has to be skilled a politics to deal with the other kingdoms.
Quote:On the other hand I think it did tend to take away some of the uniqueness of the Asgardians. It raised the old questions of what made them gods and if the other humanlike beings could be considered gods as well or what were they.
I actually prefered it. It made sense because you do not have the question about Odin being able to solve every problem alone, and why do they need an army and need to be warriors and so on. I think it adds depth. To mortals they would still be as gods, although mortals just might not know of the others. Maybe the Asgardians protect them from these things.
I for one prefer them to be about.
Stan and Jack set up Asgard as the oasis of Gods surrounder by all sorts of adversaries including other gods.The myths have at least one other race.The Vanir?It made sense that warrior gods would have foes at every turn.