Norse Mythology: The Norse Gods: Thor, Odin and Loki, the Nine Worlds and the Old Norse Myths by Simon HawthorneWelcome to the Realm of Norse Mythology!
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Do you know what Norse mythology is?
Are you interested in learning more about it at a beginner’s level?
Would you like to expand your horizons when it comes to your mythologies?
Norse mythology is a belief system that was created by the Scandinavians or Vikings, which was adopted by many other settlements in their area. It depicted the gods and goddesses as beings who were hard warriors and able to take on dragons and serpents and was overall a very warrior-oriented belief system. However, the people of that time were not as violent and brutal as most would like to believe. They were vilified by the other religions of the era so that those religions would not lose followers.
So are you interested in learning about people who were not quite what many people paint them as, and learn more about the creation of the world through the Norse belief system, then take a peek inside this book! Not only is the Norse world unlike any other world you’ll read about in the history books, it’s packed full of interesting tidbits that you might recognize from stories and movies you’ve seen recently.
You’ll find a lot of useful information in this book pertaining to Norse mythology, such as:
The creation of the world through Norse eyes, beginning with the death of Ymir and the birth of the sun and moon. Plus, an explanation of day and night, and the birth of Ask and Embla. You’ll also find out information about the Tree of Life or Yggdrasil, and how the three Norns play a large role in Norse mythology.
Next, you’ll read about the nine different worlds of Yggdrasil and where they are located on the Tree of Life. You’ll also figure out who lives in those worlds and who rules them.
Then you’ll read about the gods and goddesses and how they interact with one another.
What wouldn’t be a book on Norse mythology without an explanation of the mythical creatures of Yggdrasil and the other deities who rule there?
Finally, you’ll learn about the end of the world as the Norse followers believed it was going to be, but I think you’ll be surprised by what they foretell as the future after the end of the world has come.
And much more is contained within this book!
I hope you are ready for a wild ride through the Norse mythology belief system and the intriguing way that the Vikings viewed the world. It has been a backdrop for many movies and books filmed and written, and it is sure to be the muse for many more writers. This mythology has a plethora of stories and gods and goddesses to follow for there to be much more in the future.
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Yggdrasil: The Tree of Life and the 9 Worlds of Norse Mythology - See U in History
Yggdrasil – The Tree of Life (Part 2 – Odin, Runes and the Nine Realms)
If you missed Part 1, check it out here. In this part of our feature on Yggdrasil, we delve into how Odin learnt the knowledge of the runes, and the nine worlds Yggdrasil supports. Odin desired the power to control destiny. But in order to have that control he needed to be able to see and decipher the runes, which are a system of symbols that convey wisdom, intention, and power. The runes had the ability to spread intentions across the cosmos through their meanings. The Norns were the controllers of destiny.
Norse cosmology divided the universe into nine realms. The center of the universe was the great world-tree Yggdrasil and the nine realms either spread out from the tree or existed in levels stretching from the roots down and, marginally, side-to-side. Earlier Norse works known as Eddic and Skaldic poetry assume a knowledge of the cosmology and do not bother much with descriptions of locations or, in some cases, even specifics of what the realms were like and, because of this — and the fact that Norse religion had no written scripture — some of the realms are less clear than others. Even though there is evidence that temples to the gods existed, there is no record of what services or rituals performed there were like. The Icelandic mythographer Snorri Sturluson CE finally wrote down the great Norse sagas but was a Christian writing for a Christian audience and so altered the original material. These later works certainly point to much older and authentic Norse tales but are colored by the Christian context in which they were written.
Any and all modern images of the worlds arranged around Yggdrasil are by definition speculative and unverifiable. Based on the kinds of beings found in Norse mythology and the reference to their homelands in various literary sources, however, we can compile the following tentative reconstruction:. With the exception of Midgard, these are all primarily invisible worlds, although they can at times become manifested in particular aspects of the visible world. Philologist Rudolf Simek offers the following summary:. Documentation for the significance of the number nine is found in both myth and cult.
Sources of Norse Mythology and Cosmology
The holy tree is evergreen and is covered in moist white loam. It supports all of creation — gods, giants, man, and beasts — some of which eat directly from the branches and roots of the tree. Yggdrasil is also called the World Tree or Tree of Life because it contains all the worlds and represents the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth. Yggdrasil is an important element of Norse mythology as the eternal ash that contains the nine worlds of the cosmos. Source: Historic Mysteries.
The nine worlds in Norse mythology are held in the branches and roots of the world tree Yggdrasil. These realms are the home of different kind of beings, like the home of the Gods and Goddesses or giants. Niflheim is the first of the nine worlds and Niflheim is placed in the northern region of Ginnungagap. It is said that all cold rivers come from the well called Hvergelmir, and it is said to be the source of the eleven rivers in Norse mythology. The well Hvergelmir is the origin of all living and the place where every living being will go back. They were the streams floating out of Hvergelmir.
The Nine Realms are a group of distant planets that are interconnected by the cosmic nimbus Yggdrasil and are home to various different races and cultures. The Nine Realms are nine individual worlds that, while located in separate spiral galaxies  , are systematically connected by the branches of Yggdrasil and orbit Midgard. The inhabitants of the realms are mostly associated with each other rather than the other advanced species residing beyond the realms. Earth , where humanity resides, is one of the Nine Realms, but its inhabitants are considered to be too underdeveloped by the other races to associate with. Asgard was considered to be the head of the Nine Realms, and its inhabitants, the Asgardians , are arguably the most powerful species in the realms. Odin , the former ruler of Asgard, and his troops act as the protectors of the Nine Realms and even other regions of space.