A quick view of Viking Mythology
As featured on Sloto Magazine
According to Nordic mythology, in the beginning there was a big dark emptiness and from this abyss emerged two realms of existence, one full of fire and another frozen and cold. These two realms clashed and the heat of the first melted parts of the second. From the water drops emerged life and the first was Ymir, a giant who was eventually killed by Odin and his brothers. The Earth was created from his remains:
The blood became the oceans, rivers, and lakes.
The flesh became the land.
The bones became the mountains.
The teeth were made into rocks.
The hair became the grass and trees.
The eyelashes became Midgard (a.k.a. Earth).
Sounds like a magical world, right? Norse mythology comes from several sources such as the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, written in traditional Old Norse poetry. From these texts we discover a rich world of powerful gods and magical beings like elves and dwarfs.
One of the most famous gods is Thor, a human-protecting thunder-god. Then there is Odin, a god associated with wisdom, healing, sorcery, poetry and the runic alphabet. His wife, Frigg, was a paragon of beauty, love and fertility. There is also the mischievous Loki, a god that could shape-shift and had an ambivalent relationship with other gods, sometimes as friend and at other times as foe.
Many of the gods are said to live in Asgard, the home to the Aesir tribe of gods.
There are countless adventures between people and gods in the rich literature of Nordic mythology, which continues to inspire people around the world even today.
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