However, I have a problem. It resulted from the solution to another problem, namely that there were only so many false leads I could send the characters on before they (and my readers) got angry. I needed something else to be happening, and if it fit into the climax—kind of weak right now—so much the better.
I brought that problem up with a friend who kindly serves as a sounding board and helps me brainstorm. And she said, "It's a fantasy, right? Are there any mythologies out there that might work?"
"Yes!" I said. "Yes, that's it, that's perfect!" And then I realized that I only know a handful of mythologies decently (Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian) and that they're somewhat overdone in the fantasy world and pretty familiar to boot. Not a problem! I can read! I've been wanting to read more mythology! But I don't exactly have time (or, sorry, inclination) to read about everyone's myths in depth, and I'm not entirely sure where to start. I'd kind of like to narrow my focus to the ones which might prove most useful.
So I'm going to hope that someone reading this can help me. I'm looking for:
- myths that involve a cataclysmic event
- mythologies that involve frequent human-supernatural interaction
- books that will give me an overview of a number of mythologies or mythological tropes in one go
- websites that will do the same
- seminal books on a mythology (the one book people should read, if they're only going to read one)
- websites that archive myths and folklore
- really, really cool mythologies that don't get enough press these days
Internet hivemind, the floor is yours.