User Tools

Site Tools


Nordic Mythology

Old Norse

Norse mythology is mostly mentioned in Old Norse dialects, a North Germanic language spoken by Scandinavians in the Middle Ages and the predecessor of modern Scandinavian languages. Iceland generated the vast majority of these Old Norse manuscripts. 1)

Prose Edda

The Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson in the thirteenth century, and the Poetic Edda, a collection of poems created anonymously in the same century, are among these books. 2)


Time units and cosmological factors are personified as gods or entities in Norse mythology. 3)

Types Of Gods

The Vikings believed in two kinds of gods, the sir and the Vanir, as well as other entities like as giants, dwarves and other animals. 4)


As most comic book fans are already aware, the gods of the Norse pantheon play an important role in the Marvel Universe, particularly Thor, who has been one of the company's longest-running superheroes. 5)


The structure of the Norse universe is described as tricentric. According to mythology, the Norsemen spoke of a globe that looked like three plates stacked on top of each other, with space between them. A massive tree (Yggdrasil) with three roots in each realm held these plates together at the top. 6)

Nine Worlds

Within the three realms of the Norse universe that flank a central cosmic tree, Yggdrasil, there are nine worlds. Asgard (the land of the warriors/gods), Vanaheim (the land of the fertility gods), Alfheim (the land of the Light Elves), Midgard (the middle world), Jotunheim (the land of the giants), Nidavellir (the land of the Dwarfs), Svartalfheim (the land of the Dark Elves), Hel (the realm of the dead) and Niflheim are their names (another world of the dead). 7)


Odin is the father of all gods in Norse mythology, as Zeus is in Greek mythology. Odin has only one eye because he gave his other eye for a drink from the well of wisdom and earned vast knowledge in exchange. 8)

Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones, arguably one of the most successful TV dramas of all time, has several parallels to Norse mythology, and its creators have freely confessed that North European culture was a major source of inspiration for the show. 9)

The Vikings

Another popular historical drama television series is The Vikings, whose plot is heavily based on Norse myth and legend. The protagonists frequently see visions of Odin and pray to numerous Norse gods, including Thor and Freyr. 10)


A Valkyrie is a feminine figure in Norse myth who travels to battles and takes the bravest soldiers who fall there and transports them to Valhalla. During World War II, a group of Germans plotting Hitler's demise dubbed their secret plan Operation Valkyrie. 11)

Still Practiced

Contrary to common assumption, much of Norse mythology is still practiced as a religion by many people, particularly in Scandinavian and Central European countries. In Iceland, it is known as satr, whereas in America, it is known as Odinism. 12)

Too Human

Too Human, a popular computer game, offers a plot line based on Norse myth that sees the gods as cybernetically enhanced humans. 13)


Frigg is the most well-known Norse goddess and Odin's wife. She is the embodiment of marriage and motherhood. 14)


Odin's grandfather arose from salt stones that had been licked by a cow on a regular basis. Hmm, not exactly how one imagines the birth of a god, is it? 15)


As you may have observed in the Thor comics or films, there is a bridge that connects Midgard (the world of mankind) to Asgard (the realm of the gods). It's called Bifrost, and it's constructed of three different colors. It's the only means to get into Asgard. 16)


In Norse mythology, Vidar is famed for slaying the wolf Fenrir to avenge his father Odin's death during Ragnarok. 17)


The dead may either travel to the shadowy region of Hel, be taken away by Valkyries to Odin's warrior hall Valhalla, or be chosen by the Goddess Freyja to reside in her field, Fólkvangr, according to Norse mythology. 18)


In certain Norse traditions, the Goddess Rán can claim the souls of individuals who died at sea. 19)


In Norse mythology, the Goddess Gefjon is associated with ploughing, agriculture, and fertility. 20)


In Norse mythology, at the end of time, there is a cataclysmic conflict known as “Ragnarok.” This is a fight between the Gods and the Giants. It almost eliminates all life forms and leaves the other nine worlds in a slaughtered state. 21)

The Ring of the Nibelungs

Norse mythology impacted Richard Wagner's “The Ring of the Nibelungs.” It was reflected in his composition's literary themes. 22)

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien has admitted that there are clear references to Norse mythology in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Gandalf the wizard, for example, borrows his name and looks from Norse figures such as Odin. 23)


Tuesday is named after Tyr, the Norse God of War and Justice. In French, Spanish and Italian, Tuesday was named after Mars, the Greco-Roman God of War, who was later swapped out for his Germanic counterpart.24)

Ask And Embla

According to Norse mythology, the first human pair was Ask and Embla, not Adam and Eve. Ask, the man, was made from an Ash tree, while Embla, his lover, was made from an Elm tree. 25)


Ratatoskr was a squirrel whose primary purpose in life was to deliver insulting messages between a great eagle and a dragon. 26)


After mating with a stallion, Loki gave birth to an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir. 27)


The dwarves fashioned a magical chain to bind the wolf, Fenrir. Fenrir was a massive, unstoppable beast that was destined to murder Odin. The chain was made up of the sound of a cat's tread, a woman's beard, mountain roots, bear sinews, fish breath and bird spittle. 28)

Odin As Santa Claus

Odin rode Sleipnir, an eight-legged flying horse, and was seen as a forerunner of Santa Claus. Odin bestowed both presents and punishments throughout the winter, and youngsters would stuff their boots or stockings with sweets for Sleipnir. 29)


Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, was designed to be held with both hands. While the dwarven brothers Sindri and Brokkr were making the weapon, Loki disturbed them, resulting in the hammer's short handle. 30)

The Lay of Thrym

Thor was once disguised as a bride and given to the gigantic Thrym (rymr), with Loki serving as his bridesmaid. Thor ate an entire bull, eight fish and drank numerous barrels of mead, which made Thrym suspicious. 31)

nordic_mythology.txt · Last modified: 2021/11/29 18:34 by rapidplatypus