Norse Mythology Facts
8 Facts About Norse Mythology

According to Viking lore, humanity began with the first man, Askr, who was made from an Ash tree, and his wife Embla, who was made from an Elm.

In Norse mythology, Sæhrímnir is the creature killed and eaten every night by the Norse gods, after Sæhrímnir is eaten it is brought back to life again, so it can be slaughtered and cooked for tomorrow, providing basically unlimited meat for the gods.

Despite being known as Odin, the most significant god in Norse myth has many names (over twenty). Even the name Sweden comes from “Svidur,” one of Odin’s names.

In the ancient times, the Yule (Christmas) celebrations also brought an increased frequency of ghostly appearances in the Winter Sky. A group of supernatural beings could be seen as passing in wild pursuit. This occurrence was called the Wild Hunt, and a sighting of the Wild Hunt was told to predict a catastrophic event to come.

Gandalf, one of the greatest characters Tolkien ever created might have roots in Norse mythology. Namely, the Norse God Odin is similar to Gandalf in many ways. Both have a long beard and a staff, they wondered alone, they both rode the fastest horses of divine origin, and they keep their real identities a secret.

Numerous traditions were absorbed from the ancient Yule Celebrations to Modern Christmas. The Norse god Odin, frequently referred as ‘Wodan’, ‘Yule figure’, ‘Long-beard’ has influenced many of the concepts of St. Nicholas that we know of Today.

In Norse Mythology, Modi and Magni are the sons of Thor, their names mean “Angry” and “Strong”. It is said that Magni was only three days old when he managed to lift the fallen giant and save his father Thor from being crushed under the weight of the Giant’s Leg.

In Norse mythology, Loki tied one end of a rope to a goat and the other end around his testicles and began a game of tug of war.

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