Norse Mythology

Norse mythology is a collection of tales of Gods and heroes, emerging from various sources, revolving around the pagan period. It is a collection of North Germanic people’s myths starting from the time of the pagans and beyond the time of Christianization of Scandinavia and its modern folklore. Norse mythology consists of middle age manuscripts, reflections of archaeology and traditional folk.  

The tales are about various gods. The god Thor (thunder god), who protects humanity and fights bravely with his foes. The god Odin who possesses worldly knowledge and spreads it around the world intelligently. The beautiful goddess Freya with feathered cloak and, the fierce and brave goddess Skadi who enjoys the wolf howls in the mountains. The mighty god Nijord who can control the chaos of the world and distribute wealth and property. Frey who turns the world peaceful through his farming and weather associations. Idunn the goddess helping in preserving age and retaining youthfulness forever. Heimdall the god of mystery and the son of nine mothers who can listen to the growing grass and possesses a horn. Loki, the one who brings misery and tragedy to other gods as he engineers the demise of Baldr who is the son of the goddess Frigg, and many other gods.

The mythology revolves around these gods and how they connect with other people. It includes the Jotnar’s connection with humanity, how they could become friends or foes, be in love, and belong to the same family of gods. The Norse mythology talks about the nine worlds which centre the tree, Yggdrasil. The cosmology elements along with the time represent the beings and gods.

Ymir, the ancient being from whose flesh the world is created with Ask and Embla being the first creations. The world is then regenerated after being burnt during the battles of Ragnarok. In the new world, the gods who would survive will meet and the world will be populated by two humans again.

Since the 17th century, many scholars have been studying these myths and placing emphasis on some of the important aspects which have been brought to the attention of various intellectuals. They have compared and examined these histories and myths, and discovered signs of German mythology being present. In today’s time, the interest in these myths has been reawaken by the romanticists and modern culture that consists of many references to this Norse mythology. For the followers of Neopaganism, this mythology has also been awakening in religious contexts.

The mythology was originally in the North Germanic language – the Old Norse. The language that the people of Scandinavia and their ancestors spoke in the middle ages. Most written documentation originates from Iceland, the myths were gathered orally from the pre-Christian inhabitants and were put onto paper and turned into manuscripts.

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