I decided to put both these questions in the same thread to avoid spamming this forum. One of them is related to my main project (sci-fi novel based on Oliver Twist – yes the idea I mentioned in my story ideas thread is not my main project, it’s a side project I’m working on in addition to my Oliver Twist retelling)
My side project is set in a parallel world based on the world depicted in the förnaldasogur of medieval Iceland; a world where berserks, trolls, giants, Finnish/Sámi seers, shieldmaidens, all kinds of supernatural and magical happenings, and mythical creatures are common. In these sagas the hero often comes into contact with the gods. Although the setting is based on Iceland and Norway in the medieval period and the world has Norse values, there is a Dickensian element and the plot hinges on a young orphaned hero, Bjarki who has suspected of being hall-troll who has been raised as a thief by a dwarvish fence, Thórinn (the conception of dwarves here owes a bit to Tolkien’s Khazad as medieval Jewish analogues) and later in the plot Bjarki is changed into a bear for protection.
I have a vague idea of where I want the plot to go but any tips on worldbuilding and combining Norse with Victorian aspects?
Also (main project) what could a blackmailer blackmail an accomplice with? (For context the blackmailer character is my version of Monks/Edward Leeford, Oliver’s half-brother).