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

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Was Loki originally a fire god?

A number of sources claim Loki to have originally been a fire god of some description. This, for instance: Loki was originally a fire deity before he became more closely associated with the ...
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How was it decided which warriors would go to Fólkvangr and which to Valhalla?

I have read numerous times that some Norse warriors, upon death, would go in Fólkvangr, while some others would go to Valhalla. How was it decided which warrior would go to which place? Why did the ...
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Did myths involving Loki influence Christian myths?

There is a lot of influence from non-Christian myths on Christian myths. There are numerous examples of syncretism, especially revolving around the various saints and what they might have done. ...
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Is Mjolnir actually capable of flying back into Thor's hand like a boomerang after being thrown?

This is something Marvel's Thor does all the time: So I was wondering: Has Thor/Mjolnir ever done anything like this in actual Norse mythology?
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How are the two humans selected to repopulate the world after Ragnarök?

According to Norse Mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events that means great disasters for the world and the end of many important and powerful gods: In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series ...
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Did Loki give birth to a monster?

Loki ate some of the heart, the thought-stone of a woman,roasted on a linden-woodfire, he found it half-cooked;Lopt was impregnated by a wicked woman,from whom every ogress on earth is descended. ...
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Does Odin choose who enters Valhalla?

Ero Sɘnnin's answer in How was it decided which warriors would go to Fólkvangr and which to Valhalla? seems to suggest that Odin gets to choose who enters Valhalla: Valhalla is presided over by ...
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What is the difference between giants, Jotuns and trolls in Norse mythology?

I am a little bit confused by the way the terms giant, frost giant, jotun (or jötunn), ettin and troll seem to overlap in Norse mythology. I don't understand if they refer to a single race or ...
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Why was Odin afraid that his ravens would not return back to him?

Odin's ravens would continuously fly all over Midgard to collect information and bring it back to Odin. In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought") and Muninn (Old Norse "...
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Why does the dragon emerge at the dawn of the new world?

The final stanza of the Völuspá - which immediately follows the stanzas describing the beauty of the reborn world - seems a bit out of place, if not outright bizarre: 66. Then comes the gloomy ...
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When did Odin and Loki became blood brothers?

In the beginning of the Lokasenna, Bragi denies Loki a seat with the gods. However, Loki reminds Odin that the two of them had their "blood mixed", and that Odin had promised that neither of them ...
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What is the significance of the very long time Völsung spent in the womb?

Völsung's mother carried him in her womb for six years: Now no otherwise it goes with the queen's sickness than heretofore, nor may she be the lighter of her child, and six winters wore away with the ...
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Is there a deeper meaning to Utgard-Loki, Loki, and Logi?

In the myth of Utgard-Loki, Thor and friends visit the castle Utgard, where several beings have nearly identical names: Utgard-Loki, a giant and the ruler of Utgard Loki, an Aesir and the half-...
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How is the Hoddmímis holt able to protect humans from Ragnarök?

In Norse mythology, Líf and Lífþrasir are supposed to survive Ragnarök and repopulate the world by hiding in Hoddmímis holt. How is it that Hoddmímis holt is able to survive the destruction of the ...
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Did Odin Have A Relationship With Freya?

Some scholars hypothesize that both Frigg and Freyja may have their origin in a Common Germanic goddess. There is no firm evidence for this, but scholars have found some similarities both in their ...
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How often were Odin and Loki allied?

In their answer to my question about Odin and Loki being blood brothers, chaimedes quotes a footnote in Henry Adams Bellows' translation of the Poetic Edda that claims Odin and Loki were "often allied ...
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Did Ragnarök influence the Apocalypse of John?

In my younger days I was convinced the story of Ragnarök was influenced by the New Testament's Armageddon. As I started to learn about the existence of pagan ideas in Christianity, I began to wonder ...
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Why does Odin favour Sigi at the beginning of the Saga of the Völsungs?

In the beginning of the Saga of the Völsungs, we learn of the senseless murder of the thrall Bredi at the hands of Sigi. Although Sigi is condemned and declared a "wolf in holy places" (an ...
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Why did Freyja have first pick?

(Of dead heroes, that is.) My guess, based on my own gut inclination, has to do with Freyja's glamour, which clouds my senses, and makes me want to wait for Ragnarök in her most pleasant company, ...
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Is there a connection between Adam and Eve, and Ask and Embla?

The creation myths of the Abrahamic religions declares humanity's protoplasts to be Adam and Eve. Norse lore declares them to be Ask and Embla. Linguistically, these seem to be fairly similar names. ...
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Destruction of the universe by fire in the Ancient Greek canon?

In Ovid's Metamorphosis, Zeus, thoroughly freaked out* by his encounter with Lycaon, returns to Olympus, determined to rid the world of the evil race of men. A few lines later, Ovid relates that: ...
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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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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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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?