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Viking Mythology

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bob freddy

on 17 March 2010

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Transcript of Viking Mythology

Viking Mythology
Gods and Godesses
Places Valhalla
Yggdrasil Asgard is one of the Nine Worlds.

Define Mythology: A set of stories, traditions, or beliefs
associated with a particular group
or the history of an event, arising
naturally or deliberately fostered. It is the city of the Norse Gods. Valhalla is located within Asgard. Odin and his wife, Frigg are the rulers of Asgard. Valhalla is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard. The word "Valhalla" comes from the Old Norse word Valhöll meaning "hall of the slain". Valhalla is ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those that die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field "Fólkvangr". Yggdrasil is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology.

It is called the world tree. Around the tree exists nine worlds. Yggdrasil is generally considered to mean "Ygg's (Odin's) horse". Valkyries A Valkyrie is one of a host of female figures who decide who will die in battle.

The valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, where the deceased warriors become einherjar. When the einherjar are preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals. The word valkyrja means "chooser of the slain" They are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, usually accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans. Einherjar Ragnarök Ragnarök is a series of major events Ragnarök means "final destiny of the gods" The surviving gods would meet, and the world would be repopulated by two human survivors. A great battle foretold to result in the death of a number of major gods The occurrence of various natural disasters The submersion of the world in water Afterward, the world would resurface a new and fertile planet. The Einherjar prepare daily for the events of Ragnarök, when they will advance for an immense battle at the field of Vígrír.

Einherjar means "Lone Fighters" in Old Norse The Einherjar are those that have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by valkyries. In Valhalla, the einherjar eat their fill of the nightly-resurrecting beast Sæhrímnir, and are brought their fill of mead by valkyries. The mead is milked from the udders of the goat Heirún. The Norse gods and Goddesses are divided into two major groups: The Aesir and The Vanir. In addition to the giants who came first. Giants The capital of Jotunheim was Utgard, the city of the frost-giants.
The Giants, were the chief enemies of the gods, particularly the Aesir. In the Norse world, a giant was called a Jotun or a Lotun. There are several different types of giants, the frost-giants being the most common. They lived in Jotunheim, which was one of the nine worlds. Audhumla Audhumla herself created Bor by licking salt from the snow surrounding her. Audhumla was the cow whose milk nourished the giant Ymir, and the rest of the giants. Audhumla was created by Surt Genealogy Tree
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