Posted 10 January 2015 - 04:57 AM
In Greek Mythology it was supposed to be a paradise land of perpetual daytime that was the home of a kingdom of gods or half-gods (children of the deity Boreas) who were giants. One of the tasks of Herakles was to retrieve antlers from Hyperborea. There is a lot of speculation about what it meant, and most mythology is based in fact that was passed down and changed over the course of generations. I like the idea that the inhabitants of Northern Europe during the times of Greek legend (presumably Celts) were considered the Hyperboreans by the Greeks. There is also the thought that at the most extreme point of the Arctic Circle, the geographic pole, the sun only rises and sets once per year, so the myth could be perceived as those who live there who live 10,000 days would live 10,000 years.
There is also some theories about it being the "Garden of Eden" or "Atlantis" of even earlier times. (personally I have started leaning toward Antarctica for this, but that's a different topic.) A lost island or civilization of nonhumans that waned away as mortals became out of touch with the gods of old.
"It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war."
Posted 10 January 2015 - 10:20 AM
Posted 10 January 2015 - 10:27 PM