Is it mentioned anywhere in the scriptures how big the ancient Norse believed the Nine Realms of their myths were?

  • Mass or Size? Cuz big is ambigous
    – bleh
    Nov 16, 2016 at 23:34
  • @bleh well, i was kinda looking size.somewhat like if each realm is a planet or land or something else.
    – user1385
    Nov 17, 2016 at 10:38
  • @bleh like how to classify them
    – user1385
    Nov 17, 2016 at 10:38
  • Aren't 8/9 of the realms massless and imaginary? Only Midgard is solid?
    – bleh
    Nov 23, 2016 at 14:17

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If you take the realms as parts of the earth (as some scholars do) some realms were as big as today's Germany, some about the size of Denmark (The Prose Edda, page 14).

A more mythological answer would be the realms were not only different sizes but also wildly different in shape:

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    would it be possible to include an actual quote from the Prose Edda? linking to "page 14" of a pdf document is not very helpful. do you mean page 14 of the pdf, or page 14 of the original document? Dec 16, 2016 at 14:52

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