Norse or Nordic Mythology and Folklore

All about Thor’s Sons: Magni & Modi (with giantess Jarnsaxa)

Thor was twice married; first to the giantess Jarnsaxa (iron stone), who bore him two sons, Magni (strength) and Modi (courage). Their names come from the Old Norse words âs-megin (power, strength) and âs-módr (courage). His second wife was Sif, who also gave Thor two children: Lorride and a young giantess named Thrud. Both Modi …

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All about Farbauti & Laufey: Loki’s Parents Norse Mythology

Who is Farbauti and Laufey (or Nal) Farbauti and Laufey are recorded in Norse mythological poems as being the father and mother of Loki, the Norse god of fire and bringer of mischief. Not much is known about them, and their names are mentioned only a handful of times throughout the Poetic Edda and Prose …

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All about Angrboda: A Burnt Heart Becomes Mother of Fenrir

According to Norse mythology, the giantess Angrboda was a love interest of the fire god Loki and was the mother of his three children: the wolf Fenrir, the giant serpent Jörmungand, and the ruler of the dead Hel. For a character of such importance, there is surprisingly little information concerning Angrboda and her role in …

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All about Vanir Gods & Vanaheim in Norse Mythology

Who are the Vanir Though associated in cult with the Æsir or even included among them in the Norse mythological stories, the Vanir are a small but distinct group of Norse gods. They dwell in Vanaheim, not Asgard, and include Njord, Frey, and Freyja, possibly also Heimdall and Frigg (Odin’s wife). Their general functions seem …

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All About Mead in Norse Mythology: Roles, Powers & History

What is mead? Mead is an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey mixed with water, and sometimes with other ingredients such as fruits, spices, hops and grains. The beverage itself is ancient, and among the first popular and widely produced types of alcoholic drinks. Its origins can be traced back to the historical Vedic period …

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How the Old Norse Vikings Worshipped & Prayed to Odin

The highest, the supreme divinity, universally honoured among all Germanic people, would in the Gothic dialect have been called Vodans;  in Old High German Wuotan; the Longobards spelt it Wodan or Guddan; the Old Saxons Wuodan or Wodan, the Anglo-Saxons Woden, the Frisians Weda, and finally the Norse form which is Odin. The root of …

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24 Norse Mythology TV Series (& Movies) For History Lovers

Norse mythology is one of the best documented and richest cultural sources of popular folklore, although it’s not quite as widespread and well-known as Greek or Anglo-Saxon mythology. There have been many TV series and films inspired by Viking and Norse mythology, with some better than others. Below are two sections, one with the best …

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All about Surtr: the Greatest Fire Giant of Norse Mythology

Surtr (or Surt, Surtur), leader of the Fire giants of Muspellheim The giant Surtr with the flaming sword is guardian of the final fire that will burn up the world at Ragnarok. Fire-giants are the dwellers in the Fire-world Muspellheim who, led by Surt, will come forth to fight the gods at Ragnarock. Surt’s fire …

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