Norse Mythology. Intro to Myth. Background. “Norse” refers to Danes, Norwegians, Swedes (a.k.a. “Vikings”) The Viking Age was 780-1070 A.D. Vikings spread from Scandinavia to Iceland, Greenland, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, and North America Norse myths reflect the nature of the Viking people.
Intro to Myth
The Vikings slaughtered many; they drowned others in the ocean and took some with them as slaves.
The three Norns who resided under Yggdrasil had the power to decide the life span of every living being.
The Vikings also believed that the courageous men who died during a battle would spend their afterlife with Odin or Freyja.
There was no paradise for those who tried to live in harmony or the “do-gooders”. Anyone who did not die in battle was sent to live with Hel. She ruled the world of the dead. Her territory was a depressing and gloomy place.
They would spend their afterlife with Ran and Aegir at the bottom of the ocean.
the home of the Aesir
the home of the Vanir.
Alfheim, the home of the Light Elves.
the home of the Humans.
Midgard connected to Asgard by
Bifrost -- “The Rainbow Bridge”
the home of the Dwarfs.
the home of the Dark Elves.
the home of the Giants.
home of the dead.
Muspelheim was to the south, it was the home of the fire Giants and Demons.
Niflheim was to the north
It is easy to recognize Odin. He is the god with only one eye. It was told that Mimir was the wisest of them all. Mimir guarded a magical well, named Mimir’s Well. It was told that anyone who drank the water from that well would gain the wisdom of Mimi. Odin was willing to go to any length for a slip of water from Mimir’s Well. Nothing could stop him. When he was offered to drink water from the well in return for an eye, he didn’t hesitate. Odin sacrificed an eye and rejoiced as he drank the water of wisdom.