Pokémon Moon/Sun & Norse Mythology?

With the recent leak of information concerning Nintendo’s recent copyright of the title of Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Sun, the internet is all a blaze with questions and theories, so why not throw my own into the mix.

So my theory is concerning the flagship legendaries for the game titles. While the titles may be a possible hint towards legendary variations or Megas of Solrock and Lunatone.

What if they are in fact tie to new legendaries based upon Norse Mythology, primarily the myth concerning the personification of the Sun as Sól (Old Norse: “Sun”) and the Moon as Máni (Old Norse: “Moon”), who are brother and sister Norse deities.

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A depiction of Máni and Sól, by the Danish painter Lorenz Frølich in 1985.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Nintendo and Game Freak have drawn upon real world mythology in the creation of the Legendary Pokémon, a famous example being the Legendary Golems of Hoenn, who are inspired by the Golem of Prague sculpted by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, according to Jewish folklore.

So it can be rather interesting to see how Nintendo and Game Freak would adapt the mythical personifications of Sól and Máni. Especially since the type variations could be interesting, as the Moon could be a dual Water/Dark Pokémon, drawing the obvious themes of night and gravitational effect on the tides, while the Sun could be a dual Fire/Fairy Pokémon, again inspired by the obvious solar energy of the sun and its generation of light. Of course their types could vary vastly, since this is just a theory.

What can also be added as a third legandary as the mythology counter, following the theme with the likes of Rayquaza towards Kyogre and Groudon, is to base it upon the monstrous wolfs who are foretold to kill the sun and moon during the events of Ragnarök (Old Norse: “Twilight of the Gods”).

These wolfs are the warg brothers Sköll (Old Norse:”Treachery”) who chases Sól and Hati Hróðvitnisson (Old Norse:”He Who Hates, Enemy”), who runs ahead of Sól to chase after Máni.

These wolfs are also famously the sons of Fenrir (Old Norse: “fen-dweller”), also known as Fenrisúlfr (Old Norse: “Fenris wolf”), a monstrous wolf who bit off the right hand of Týr (the Norse God of War, Law and Heroic Glory), and Fenrir is also the son of Loki, the Jötunn (Old Norse: “Giant”) and Shape-Shifting Norse Trickster God of Mischief.

Loki is also sometimes the deity of Fire or rather Wildfire, due to historical merging with Logi the Norse Eldjötunn (Old Norse: “Fire Giant”), God and Personification of Fire.

With all of this combined together, the games could be set in a region based upon the Nordic and Scandinavian countries, such as Norway. Which could provide a wonderful visual and cultural theme and setting for the series, since they have moved beyond Japan into the geographical inspirations of other nations such as the USA (Black/White) and France (X/Y).

Of course this is all just a theory from a fan of both Pokémon and Norse mythology, I just wanted to throw my few thoughts into the barrel until Nintendo’s upcoming Pokémon Direct broadcast, that will air at 4pm CET/7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET, Friday 26th (3pm for viewers in the UK) containing the latest on Pokémon games.


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