Having never read any Norse mythology I assumed the characters and places in it would be fairly different from the Roman and Greek mythology I’m a bit more familiar with. Therefore I was very surprised to find the mention of Troy in Snorri’s prologue.
In the prologue Snorri states that Thor was fathered by one of the kings of Troy and so his son Odin who eventually traveled north to rule over the town of Sigtuna in Sweden is likewise a descendant of Troy. On the same page (p. 86) there is also side note saying that according to the rest of the Prose Edda Thor is descended from Odin not vice versa. So where does that leave Troy in all this? Is the mention of Troy purely Snorri explaining his beliefs on where Norse mythology arose? Am I making way to much fuss over one little detail?
It’s just that the mention of descendants of Troy made me think of one of the founding myths of Rome in which Rome is said to have been founded by the descendants of Aeneas, survivor of the Trojan war. That made me wonder if maybe Norse mythology was influenced by Roman mythology through the Roman presence in Germany. What were your reactions to the mention of Troy?