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Nordic Myth

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Wilson McCormack

on 10 October 2012

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by Domenic, Geoff, and Wilson NORDIC MYTHS CREATION MYTH Flood Myth Ymir emerged from desolate rock, Ymir's huge body formed the earth. His blood became the sea, his flesh became the land, his bones the mountains, and his hair became the
trees. Odin and the other gods formed the sky with his skull, held up by four towering pillars. Odin gathered sparks from the fiery depths of Muspell and created the sun and moon.These he set in the sky. As the sun and moon shone over the new world in Ginnungagap, the ice
began to melt and the plants and trees beagn to grow. Odin was satisfied with the new world, and named it Midgard: 'the Middle Land'. On one of his walks, Odin found two fallen trees, an ash and an elm. He lifted them from the mud and formed the first man and woman from them. Ragnarok was the fabled war among
the gods, and as much as he tried to
prolong it, Odin was inevitably pitted into battle along with the other gods. Odin and the gods were assisted by the noble dead from "Valhalla", the home to those who fought in glorious battles.
They thought against the sun god Loki and his army of snow giants and the unworthy dead from Hel. Anyone who did not hide was caught in the crossfire and died
along with the gods. Rebirth Myth The Earth after Ragnarok was very
green and fertile, but there were
very few survivors of Ragnarok.
Odin's brother, Hoenir, and
Odin's two sons, Vidar and Vali,
survived. Other survivors were
Modi and Magni, the sons of Thor, and
Njord, the god of wind and fertility.
The only surviving mortals, Lif and
Lifthrasir, hid in Yggdrasil, the tree
of life. They repopulated the earth
on the aftermath of Ragnarok. Values Values This story shows the value of helping those less fortunate, such as when Odin revived the fallen trees. The Norse people also liked the idea of very powerful men giving birth to great things. God-Teacher Odin wanted to gain knowledge to try to prevent Ragnarok, so he went to the fountain of Mimir to gain knowledge. However, the price he paid to Mimir, the God of wisdom, was a sacrifice of his eye. Values This tale shows how the Norse people thought about massive, all out wars, and the nobleness of dying in battle for your land that you would go to Valhalla, where you could hunt and feast with history's greatest heroes. Values This myth shows that the Nordic people valued knowledge for good and sacrifice. This myth could also be called a mentor archetype. Values In this myth, the Nordic people show that they believe good can come after war. This myth could also be called the change myth because of everything new that has to be recreated.
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