This year my chosen subject is deities and demons in fiction. I find the way religion and the supernatural are used in different forms of fiction to be fascinating. I had two entities for you today.
Now Belar is the god of the Alorns from the Belgariad and Malloreon book series by David Eddings. His totem animal is the bear and he's a bit of a trouble maker.
I have a great fondness for Belar. He's the youngest of the seven gods in the books and he's kind of like a Viking. When he appears in human form he looks like a young man and he feasts and drinks with his people, flirting outrageously with all the young women. There is nothing stuffy about Belar, although sometimes there is about a few of his followers.
I just loved the idea of a god, a bit like Thor really :).
In his first appearance he tried to kill 13 witches by scaring them to death so that he can wreak havoc eternally on earth. In that instance it is Pru Halliwell, one of the three sisters who make up the Charmed Ones and are the heroines of the show, who vanquishes him and sends him to purgatory.
He was so popular as a villain he came back six times over the show's run. I used to love Charmed and I think the baddies from the first season, although not as involved as some from later seasons, were great.
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