Everything about myth was started when I’m starting to play squaresoft’s game “Final Fantasy”, if you likes to play any games you will find so many names that actually related to the myth (even it’s the Norse Myth or Greek Myth). Like Yggdrasil (The Tree of Life), Gaia (Mother of Earth), Leviathan, and many more. It grows my curiosity and started to learn about Myth. (currently I make a novel with a bit Norse Myth essence, but it still remain unfinished).
And recently it was brought into many movies nowadays, such as Percy Jackson, Thor, Clash of The Titans, Immortals and Wrath of The Titans, and many more even with a small twist of the story if you compare to the real myth, but that small twist was made so the movie will become more awesome 😉
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
Percy was named under the shortcut of Perseus, who actually the son of Zeus, he’s a demi-god (half human, half God). But in this movie, he was the son of Poseidon. And some of my friends wrongly think that Perseus is son of Poseidon because of this movie.
Thor is the God of Thunder/Sky in Norse Myth, the son of Odin The Godfather. Thor was compared to be same as Zeus in Greek Myth, probably because of the weapon he brings a lightning hammer named “Mjolnir”, which same with the weapon Zeus brings, and both are also the God of Sky with thunder as their element..
Bifrost is the bridge that makes way from Asgard (God’s realm) to Midgard (human’s realm). For some people it was portrayed as rainbow, so people believe that when rainbow appears in the sky, it means that the Gods come down to visit the earth. That’s why when it’s BC (Before Christ) we will see so many Gods come down to earth, but then one day Bifrost was damaged by incident of Ragnarok, so after that time, people believe that God’s can’t come down to earth anymore. Maybe that’s why we never seen any sight of Gods in earth anymore.
Clash of The Titans
So the story was started by the heredity of rebellious kids to their parents. Chronos join up with his mother Gaia with the other siblings to kill their own father Uranus. The things are being repeated over the generation. Zeus, the youngest son of Chronos and Rhea, team up with the other 5 siblings (Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter & Hestia) to bring Chronos down from the throne.
The other :
Io is actually a beautiful nymph who cast away down to earth by the jealousy of Hera because Zeus so in love with her (Hera is the sister and spouse of Zeus). But in this movie, it was told that Poseidon is the one who wants her, I think it was for the good image of Zeus xD.
Medusa is a beautiful young lady who tempted Poseidon to rape her. She was running to Athena temple for help, but the Goddess closed her eyes (since Poseidon is her uncle). She was being raped in the temple and got cursed by Athena who put her on blame for seduction, everything will turn into stone if watch directly into her eyes, and turn her beautiful hair to be snakes. This one is also wasn’t told in the movie, since it’s not that important anyway, and also to keep the good image of Poseidon.
Kraken is actually come from Norse Myth. Well it can be considered as a sea monster. So when the queen Cassiopeia boast about her daughter Andromeda that she’s even more beautiful that Nereids (sea nymph). Poseidon, the God of Sea gets angry, and make a deal by releasing the sea monster, and ask for the sacrifice of Andromeda to be eat by the sea monster. But in this movie, it was Hades who released the Kraken.
Danae – The mother of Perseus
So Danae is not the wife of The King Acrisius of Argos like what has been told in the movie. In the myth she is his daughter. There’s a prophecy that he will be killed by his grandson, so he lock up his daughter, but still Zeus impregnated her. Danae and her son cast into the sea by Acrisius in a wooden chest, but was saved (so his mom didn’t die in the wooden chest like in the movie, and his mom is the reason for him to go slay the gorgon medusa). He eventually killed his Grandfather, Acrisius, and the prophecy was right.
Hmm, too much twist in this movie, the one I know right is Theseus slaying the Minotour, he slayed the Minotaur to save a Kingdom. And I think everything about Hyperion was made up.
Wrath of The Titans
If you watch the movie, you will see that Perseus and Io married and have a son named Helius. But in the myth, Helius is actually the son of Hyperion (one of the twelve first generation of titans) son of Gaia and Uranus.
Actually I got a bit shocked when I watch the movie, when they makes Io married to Perseus, while I know that Andromeda is the one marry him after the sea monster incident. But in the end of the movie, they make them ended up together so it was a relieved xD
Hephaestus is the son that was created by Hera herself (because Zeus created Athena himself). But it was failed by the ugly looks of Haephaesteus compared to the other gods, so that he was cast away by Hera. Even he was cast away he stil obedient to her, he take his mother side when Zeus quarreled with her, he offended Zeus, his leg got seized and being thrown from Olympus. He’s the God of Blacksmith, forging the God’s weapon. He married with Aphrodite, but Aphrodite having affair with his brother Ares who looks manlier than him.
In the movie, he doesn’t look ugly, but lame just like the myth. But it seems he has a good term of marriage with Aphrodite.
The Jealousy of Ares
So in the movie Ares (The God of War), is jealous to Perseus over the affection from Zeus. While in the Greek Myth, Ares did become traitor by defending the Trojan (he was convinced to defend Trojan by Aphrodite), but the one that become his enemy is Athena. Athena is the God of Intelligence, so she’s good on strategy for the less sacrifice on the battle in the other words less victim, in the other hands Ares is a hotblood, he likes to fight on battle. The Gods prefer Athena which makes Ares angry.
They got Tree of Soul, which for me it was like Yggdrasil, the tree of 9 realms in Norse Myth.
As I said before, all the twist was made to make the movie more fun to watch, so actually no offense about that, I’m just writing about this, so people doesn’t get misunderstood about the real myth and still can enjoy the movie to the fullest. 😉
All of the movie was perfectly made, and become one of my favorite movies of the year.
Learning myth is so much fun for me! 😀
PS : my perception of the myth might not 100% accurate since it was my self-learning mythology due to my hobby.