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Nordic gods and mythology: overview and important information

Nordic gods and Nordic mythology are referred to in many different pop culture media - be it games, films, music or comics. But as is usually the case in mythology, there are so many crucial connections and gods that it is easy to lose track of things. In our article we therefore summarize the most important gods and terms.

Mythology of the Norse Gods: The Aesir

Almost every mythology deals with beings that are not human. There are gods, giants and other figures in Norse and Germanic mythology. Unlike the one god in Christianity, however, the Nordic gods are not infallible or the absolute good.
  • Norse mythology is divided into three genders.
  • The main line of gods are the sir. They created people, intervene in their lives and fight evil. They include, for example, the following gods: Odin (father of gods, chief god, god of battle and war), Frigg (Odin's wife, goddess of marriage and hearth fire), Thor (son of Odin, god of thunder), Loki (son of one Giants, blood brother of Thor, particularly insidious god).
  • Another family of gods are the Wanen, who are the older family of gods: Njörðr (god father, god of the sea and seafaring), Freya (goddess of love, who is often confused with Frigg), Freyr (god of light and peace).
  • The third generation of gods consists primarily of giants and monsters who want to bring evil over the world. They are known as Jötunn.

Creation and fall of the world in Norse mythology

In addition to individual myths that tell stories about the gods and their relationships with one another, Nordic mythology revolves around the creation and decline of the world.
  • In the beginning there was the primeval chaos Ginnungagap and the primeval cow Audhumbla. Then the oldest gods of the giants are born, who threaten to destroy what already exists immediately.
  • The Vanes and Aesir are created to stop the Jotunn and they win the battle. Odir, Hönir and Loki beat the ancient giant Ýmir.
  • For example, the gods create the well-known tree of life Yggdrasil from the remains of the primeval giant, and the ocean of the world emerges from his blood.
  • Odin also creates the first man, Ask, and the first woman, Embla. Hence, all sir and all men are descended from Odin.
  • The myth about Ragnarök deals with the end of the world and also the end of the gods - they are mortal.
  • The ship Naglfar, built of the nails of the dead, arrives after natural disasters and chaos hit the world.
  • The Aesir and Wanen fight against the Jötunn (and Loki) for three years and no one survives the fight.

Norse Mythology in Modern Culture

While the traditions of mythical stories and writings from the Scandinavian region date from around the first century AD, the topic is very popular today. Terms, characters and legends from Nordic and Germanic mythology appear in different media. While Scandinavian bands in particular often adhere to a reproduction of mythology that is as true to the original and, above all, authentic as possible, other media such as comics and games reinterpret the gods and their stories.
  • Starting in 2011, the Marvel film series "Thor" deals with the god of the same name. Loki and other gods also play a crucial role here.
  • Thor and Loki also star in "Marvel's The Avengers". Incidentally, the comic series of the same name first appeared in Germany in 1974.
  • The "The Legend of Beowulf" (filmed in 2007) is also part of Norse mythology.
  • Many musicians, especially metal bands, deal with topics related to Nordic mythology. These include: Ragnarok, Bathory, Enslaved, Burzum, Ammon Amarth and Týr.
  • In the new God of War you will also get to know the Nordic mythology better, while the predecessor was devoted to the Greek mythology.
  • Other games include: Northgard, Hellblade, The Banner Saga and World of Warcraft
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