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Questions tagged [norse]

For questions on the myths and religious beliefs of the Norse people, the pre-Christian inhabitants from modern Scandinavia.

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Could Thor actually pass his mantle?

This is a question regarding the accuracy of Marvel comics' portrayal of the Norse mythological character of Thor as compares to the actual character from Norse mythology. In the Marvel universe, the ...
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Is Loki a Eldþursar? [duplicate]

I fully aware that Loki is no longer considered a fire god, but I recently read an interesting two-part article proposing that Loki is an Eldþursar (Fire Giant). The article does this by analysing ...
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What are the runes for “[name] carved this runes”?

There are a lot of instances in viking history where one of them wold carve this graffiti on a wall, one of the most famous being the Halfdan inscription on the Hagia Sophia. I've been looking ...
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Is there a specific term in Norse mythology for Odin's self-sacrifice?

Norse mythology knows some terms for quite complex concepts, such as "Ragnarök". Is there a term for Odin's nine-day self-sacrifice?
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Norse god/goddess of law or justice

Is there a Norse god/goddess of law or justice? Or is law/justice a too western of concept to have back then?
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How are Norse and Celtic mythology related?

I was in a charms shop a while back and they had a section laid out for Celtic Mythology charms and their meanings. I had a look and found Thor's hammer. I ask my mom and she said the Mythologies are ...
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Norse mythology book by neil gaiman

I want to have a collection of stories and myths about norse gods and their adventures i.e, the history of . I have searched google for long and couldn't find majority accepted book. I came to see ...
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How were trolls created in Norse mythology?

Is there a mythical/folklore origin for them? I haven't managed to find any sources on this.
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Was there a hell or place of suffering after death in Norse mythology?

Was there a hell or place of suffering after death in Norse mythology. If so, was it eternal? What caused a person to go there?
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The meaning of Ragnarök for the Germanic peoples

Why did the Germanics believe into Ragnarök? In Christian mythology the revelation is basically there to fear the people from going against the Christian way and otherwise ending up in hell. But in ...
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The root of ice giants in Germanic mythology

Does the idea of ice giants stem from glaciers? They are described as both evil and good and I thought that goes back to how glaciers can grow bigger and take your land, but also can become smaller ...
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What were the magical powers of Freya's necklace Brísingamen?

Did Freya's necklace have special powers to it? She wanted the jewel so much, I've heard she bedded several dwarves in order to have it, so it must have been unique.
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Demigods in Norse Mythology?

Did the Norse gods have children with mortals/humans as in Greek Mythology? Who were they? What did they do?
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Why is Odin called the Wanderer?

On the Wikipedia page, under a depiction of Odin is a caption. The caption calls Odin the Wanderer, gives the year made and artist. It is mention again at the end, saying J.R.R. Tolkien used Odin's ...
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Is it said what kind of tree it is?

Is it ever said what kind of tree the world tree was? By kind, I mean type. Is it: oak, laurel, plane, sequaia...?
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When did Mythology start? [closed]

What are the dates of the oldest known writing/record of Myths from cultures? When did mythologies emerge? What was the first Mythology, last Mythology and between? To put this question (one question ...
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Did the Babylonians, Norse Vikings, Japanese or Greeks have a concept of a soulmate?

Soulmates or true love are common themes in stories, movies/tv shows and such. I was just wondering if it had any roots from ancient times. I limit my question to these four Mythologies in tags, but ...
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Confusion regarding the telling of a chess game in the Völuspá (Ragnarök aftermath)

The Völuspá, from my understanding, is where it mentions the aftermath of Ragnarök. In it, they talk of the chess game where they find golden pieces of the "dead" gods and then use them to play a ...
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Did Yggdrassil exist before the world's creation

In the cosmos creation myth, Ymir is born from the clash of ice and fire that comes from Muspelheim and Niflheim. When Odin and his brothers kill Ymir and create the world using his body it sounds ...
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Is Odin Thor's father?

Before you automatically downvote this question, I highly suggest reading this article: Thor vs. Odin. The article background covers the relationship of Thor and Odin, and reveals that things are not ...
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What kind of offerings did worshipers make to Thor or other gods of storm?

I'm currently playing a role playing game as a cleric that worships a god of storms and I'm researching what kinds of offerings that god would likely accept. What examples are there of the kinds of ...
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Is there a connection between Odin or Zeus and the Christian God?

Could the Norse Odin or the Greek Zeus be Christianity's "The Creator" and father of Jesus?
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How many different shapes do jötnar come in?

The 2017 horror film The Ritual features a creature one of the characters calls a jötunn (and a bastard son of Loki). I have always imagined the jötnar as anthropomorphic giants, however the unique ...
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Books analysing Norse mythology (specifically Odin)?

What I am looking for is not a collection of stories and myths per se, but something more general like an analysis/dissection or meta discussion of the myth of Odin and Norse mythology in general. ...
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What is the source of Leif Ericson's encounter with sasquatch?

While researching the question What are the earliest known origins of Sasquatches in Native American culture in the Americas? I found several sites claiming that Leif Ericson recorded an encounter ...
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Does Hel have any relationship to bees?

There was a very interesting segment on Vikings, (S5/ep3 "Homeland") in which a dying Floki has a vision. One of the figures in the vision is a dark robed woman, who opens her mouth to release a ...
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What is the Norse equivalent to the Great Flood?

I have constantly heard that every mythology has its own version to explain why the ocean rose after the last ice age ended(roughly 10,000 years ago). But, I have only heard the christian version with ...
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Does Thor's strength confer a degree of physical invulnerability?

Full disclosure, this question relates to the Marvel Comics conception of Thor going mano a mano with the Incredible Hulk, and taking some pretty big hits, including repeated hulkian punches to the ...
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Why did Loki want Baldur dead?

What were his motivations? Was he jealous? Was it pure spite? Was he trying to teach the gods a lesson? Why was it important for him to utilize an agent (Hodur) in the assassination?
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Is it true that Norse mythology gods are almost the same as mortals without their weapons?

Is it true that Norse mythology gods are almost the same as mortals without their weapons? I think that Thor gets his lightning from Mjölnir and his strength from his belt. If that is the case wouldn'...
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How did the Old Norse conceptualize the parts of the self? Are these translations accurate?

In Daniel McCoy's mythology book "The Viking Spirit", he offers a chapter on the Old Norse concept of the self. He states that they divided people into four discrete parts, which he translates as ...
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How is Hermes linked to Odin?

The Wikipedia article on Hermes says Odin is his Norse equivalent. Can anyone expand on that?
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What kind of cats pulled Freya's chariot?

Everyone knows that the goddess Frejya's chariot was pulled by cats, but what kind of cats are we talking about? Are they giant sized house-cats? Were there any puma-sized cats in ancient ...
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Does Hel have a role in Ragnarok?

During Ragnarok, Fenrir the wolf kills Odin and is then killed by Vidar. The Midgard Serpent Jormungandand and Thor kill each other. What role does Hel, Loki's other child by Angrboda, play?
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Fenrir vs Odin. Did he die?

I read that Fenrir killed or devoured Odin and he was dead. Is that true or false? Also, if it’s true, how does he come back to life? Is it him resurrecting himself or other gods doing the work?
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Why is Thor's chariot pulled by goats?

It seems like a weird choice for a draft animal.
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What information medium are the Norns writing on?

In the Norse mythology, the Norns writing the fate of the gods, but what are they writing it on? For example, the Greek Fates weave destiny on a loom. If so, Does it have a name?
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Hoenir in Tolkien's writing

The Norse god Hoenir is very confused from what I can tell, but my question is about his mention in the book The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien. In I.1, he writes at [Odin's] right ...
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How to reconcile the size differential between giants and non-giants in Norse mythology?

In particular, is there any thinking on how things might work between Loki and Angrboða, who produced significant offspring? I'd also be interested in other examples of giant/non-giant matches. From ...
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Did the vikings/medieval Scandinavians actually worship Odin, Thor, etc?

Or were they seen more as folklore, like, for example, Holger Danske or St George and the Dragon?
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How do you say and write “Question” in Norse?

How would you say "questions" in Norse? How would the wrote it in runes? Does it has any important or philosophical meaning in the Eddas?
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Hugin and Muninn in runes

Is there a way to write the names "Hugin" and "Muninn" in Norse runes? Are there differences in the meaning of each ("memory" and "thought")?
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Famous treasure related with the Norse gods?

Is there any famous treasure related with the gods of Norse mythology? Something like a famous vault or maybe cave. An accumulation of important things that they wanted to protect, for instance.
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What is considered the most authentic illustration of Yggdrasil?

Is there an etching or drawing of Yggdrasil, the Norse Tree of Life, that is the oldest, or considered the most authentic? If so, what information was it based on?
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How did dragons get their wings?

Modern day dragons are, in Western culture at least, imagined as huge, reptilian, fire breathing creatures with both legs and wings. However, as far as I can find out myself by research, dragons were ...
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Why is the helhest three-legged?

I recently stumbled upon a reference to the helhest, a "three-legged horse associated with Hel". Unfortunately, searching for more information on about this fascinating legend didn't turn up much. ...
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Is the “half-goddess” Hel distinct among mythical rulers of the underworld?

By this I mean, there is a definite parallel between Hel and other underworld goddesses, Kore/Persephone in particular, although the concept may be extended to Inanna/Geshtinanna, who Gaiman regards ...
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How does the Christian Hell come to be called Hell? Is it related to the Norse Hel?

In the Greek New Testament, Hell is referred to by three names, two Greek (Hades, Tartarus) and one Hebrew (Gehenna). But in English, it becomes Hell. This is related to the Old Norse hellir, and ...
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Was Ymir ever awake?

Seems like he was always asleep, until Odin created the world out of his body. He drank the milk of the cow Auðumbla, and he is illustrated to be conscious while doing so, but that need not be. Jotun ...
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How was the world tree Yggdrasil created?

Cannot find any origin story for the world tree on wikipedia. Was it created from the body of Ymir too?