Norse or Nordic Mythology and Folklore

7 Obscure Facts about the Vanir, Gods from Norse Mythology

Who are the Vanir gods? The Vanir gods are a subgroup within the Norse pantheon that represent wealth, fertility, peace, and the natural world. By contrast, the Aesir gods, such as Odin or Thor, are more militaristic in nature and embody concepts such as justice, victory in war, strength, etc. The domain of the Vanir …

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7 Obscure Facts about Aegir & Ran, Norse Mythology Sea Gods

Who are Aegir and Ran from Norse mythology? In Norse mythology, Ægir and Rán are two jötunns (giants), husband and wife, believed to personify different aspects of the sea and with powers that are almost as strong as those of the gods themselves. The Norse saw the sea as a mighty being, and not as …

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7 Obscure Facts about Jotunns, Giants from Norse Mythology

What are jotunns in Norse mythology? The Jotnar (singular Jotunn) are human-shaped beings from Norse mythology that are commonly described as giants. The origin of the name “jotunn” is uncertain, but it most likely derives from the Proto-Germanic “itunoz” meaning “giant” or “monster” or as a compound word meaning “immense eater”. As the name implies, …

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5 Obscure Facts about Ullr, Norse Mythology God of Hunting

Who is Ullr? Ullr (pronounced “ULL-er”), is the god of archery, snow, hunting and skiing in Norse mythology. The origin of his name is unclear and is still under debate, with the most likely origin is that his name derives from the old Proto-Germanic *Wulþuz, meaning “glory”. As for his appearance, the Norse Eddas describe …

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5 Obscure Facts about Ask & Embla, Norse Myth First Humans

Who was Ask and Embla? Ask and Embla are the first two humans in Norse mythology and have a very similar role to that of Adam and Eve in Christianity and Judaism.  Unfortunately, the Norse mythological texts almost never mention these two enigmatic figures, with the exception of their creation story and how they and …

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No, Thor wasn’t fat in Norse Mythology (+ 3 other mistakes)

Modern depictions of Thor show him as being tall, blond, muscular, and chiseled (and one time when Thor has a beer gut) or as short, red headed, stocky, and muscular, but with a big “beer belly”. These depictions come from the Marvel movies and the game God of War Ragnarock, respectively. This raises some questions: was …

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14 Obscure Facts about Yggdrasil, the Norse World Tree

Yggdrasil is a giant mythical tree that serves as the center of the Norse cosmology in Norse mythology. It is an immense ash tree that is said to connect the nine worlds of Norse cosmology. Each of these nine worlds is inhabited by various beings, including gods, humans, and elves. The roots of Yggdrasil extend …

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7 Obscure Facts about Fenrir, the Wolf of Norse Mythology

Fenrir, a huge wolf in Norse and Germanic mythology, was the son of Loki and Angurboda. His size was so great, the gods attempted three times to bind him. He easily broke two strong chains, but he mistrusted the magic silken cord, Gleipnir. He insisted that Tyr place a hand in his mouth during the …

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9 Obscure Facts about the Norse Serpent Jormungandr

What is Jormungandr? Jormungandr (vast serpent) or Miðgarðsormr (world serpent) is a giant snake in Norse mythology that coils around the Earth (Midgard) and holds it in place, protecting the world of men from the sea and all the chaos that lay beyond it. For the Norse, the sea had many symbolic meanings, but it …

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