Norse or Nordic Mythology and Folklore

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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All about Ask & Embla: The First Humans In Norse Mythology

Although the gods had from the beginning designed Midgard, or Manaheim, as the abode of man, there were at first no human beings to inhabit it. One day Odin, Vili, and Ve, according to some authorities, or Odin, Hoenir (the bright one), and Lodur, or Loki (fire), started out together and walked along the seashore, …

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The Story of Ymir: the First Giant in Norse Mythology

The first giant, Ymir (or Aurgelmir, Brimir, Blaenn) existed before earth and sea were formed, and he was made from venom dropping from Elivagar (Stormy Waves) into Ginnunga-gap, the primordial void out of which all things were created. This venom congealed into ice, and the ice melted in contact with warm air from Muspellheim. Life …

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Light & Dark Elves Norse Mythology (Ljösalfar & Dökkalfar)

Origin of the word “elf” or “alfar” Along with the Æsir and Vanir the Eddas speak of the Alfar or elves. These are represented in later Germanic folk-belief, and equivalents of the name are Old High German alp, Anglo-Saxon ælf, Old Danish elv, Old Swedish älf. In Germany, the older use of alp or alb …

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All about Jotunns: Giants in Norse Mythology

The Norse people imagined that the giants were the first creatures who came to life among the icebergs filling the vast abyss of Ginnunga-gap, the primordial void out of which all things were created. These giants were from the very beginning the opponents and rivals of the gods, and as the latter were the personifications …

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Aegir & Ran: Gods of Calm & Stormy Sea (Norse Mythology)

Ægir is god of the sea (ægir, “sea”) or rather a Sea-giant, and he was married to his sister, the goddess Ran. Ægir’s name comes from the Norse word for “sea” In Norse thought the sea was regarded as a mighty being, which was personified or regarded as more or less distinct from the sea. …

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All About Ullr: God of Archery & Hunting (Norse Mythology)

Ullr (Or Ull) was son of Thor’s wife Sif by an unknown father, and stepson of Thor, called “Ullr’s glorious step-sire and his kinsman”. He is fair of face and has all the accomplishments of a warrior, therefore men do well to call on him in single combat. He is so excellent a bowman and …

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All about Norns: Goddess Weavers of Fate in Norse Mythology

The Origin of the Norn The Germanic peoples seem to have been much impressed by the idea of overruling fate or, at first, of powers controlling the destinies of men and even gods, and it enters largely into their literature. “Fate none can escape” is the terse saying of Gudrun in Atlamal. Different words expressed …

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All about Fylgja: Norse & Viking Guardian Spirit Animals

What is a Fylgja? The Fylgja is an interesting Norse conception, though one not peculiar to that region. It is the belief that the soul or one of the souls which, in primitive belief, a man is supposed to possess, could leave the body and become visible to its owner or another person, either as …

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