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Norse Mythology. The collective myths of the Scandinavians (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland). Viking Era. There are several similarities between Norse Mythology and Greek/Roman Mythology Norse myths were codified during the Viking era: 780 - 1070 Travel as far east as the Caspian sea

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norse mythology

Norse Mythology

The collective myths of the Scandinavians

(Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland).

viking era
Viking Era

There are several similarities between Norse Mythology and Greek/Roman Mythology

  • Norse myths were codified during the Viking era: 780 - 1070
  • Travel as far east as the Caspian sea
  • Fashioned after the fall of the Roman empire
  • Made many expeditions into Britain
norse society
Norse Society

An extension of the society that fashions it

  • Similar to Greek and Roman Mythology
    • Explanation of the powerful forces which affect and shape it
      • weather, the elements, and nature
  • Gods and Goddesses
    • super-human powers
    • fraught with very human frailties and flaws
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Gods
  • There are three Gods who do not have Roman/Greek/Norse counterparts
    • Thor
      • Son of Odin
      • God of thunder
        • axe-hammer – Mjolnir
        • iron gloves and a belt of strength
    • Athena
      • Greek/Roman Goddess
      • Daughter of Zeus and Metis
      • Virgin Goddess
        • embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity
    • Loki
      • Giant
        • Enemy of the Norse Gods
        • Became God through Odin
        • Son is Fenris (Wolf)
paganism
Paganism
  • Europe was Christianized for almost a thousand years, but the Norwegians were still worshipping their old pagan gods.
  • Cold and Heat
    • Ymer
      • A giant troll
        • left armpit: a male and a female emerged
        • Feet: a son with six heads
          • Rime Giants, sometimes called trolls, but best known as Jotuns
    • Audhumla
      • a colossal cow
      • Licked rock to create first God
        • Created Bure
          • descended the gods, whom we call Æsir.
the vikings
The Vikings
  • Teutonic people (Germanic)
  • Great chivalry
  • Barbaric cruelty (war, looting, aggression, rape and other crimes)
    • Pillaged eastern coastline
      • Killing men, killing children, and raping women
      • Methods of slaughtering peasant fisherfolk were horrendous
      • Galwegian warriors
        • Impaling babies
videoclips
Videoclips
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/audio_video/