Jinlongshan, Harbin, China
Discussion of The Walking Dead 4x08 “Too Far Gone,” including the final showdown between Rick and the Governor, the legacy left behind by one of our favorite characters, where the group stands now, and the differences in the ways that NBC’s Hannibal and AMC’s The Walking Dead handle violence and gore. Also, references galore!
The Vikings knew what’s up
Expanding on that, from the cited source:
The Vikings kept cats for their valuable skills as mousers as well as keeping cats for pets. Kittens were sometimes given to new brides as an essential part of setting up a new household. It is especially appropriate that brides should receive cats, since cats were associated with Freyja, the goddess of love. The Vikings believed that Freyja rode a cart drawn by a team of cats. It might seem absurd to imagine a cart drawn by cats, until one realizes that Viking cats were not your standard Felis domesticus — they were the Skogkatt (Norwegian, meaning literally “Forest Cat”), a wild breed native to the North. In Denmark, these cats are called Huldrekat (huldre are female forest spirits, literally, “the hidden folk”). The Skogkatt is a large breed, known for their strong bones and muscular forms.
I love the image of a chariot pulled by cats.
EVERYONE STOP WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND IMAGINE A VIKING AU FIC WHERE THOR GIVES SIF KITTENS
y’know it doesn’t even have to be an AU amirite?
Noting also the quite realistic context that it would take a deity to get cats to do work. Still more so as a team. :)