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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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Where is Sigi from?

In the Saga of the Völsungs, we learn that the patriarch Sigi is exiled from his homeland and eventually becomes a king in the land of the Huns (or France, according to the Prose Edda). However, the ...
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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 outlaw), ...
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Revenants in mythology of the British Isles?

In his series, "Song of Ice and Fire", George R.R. Martin re-imagines a War of the Roses era-Britain where the British Isle is greatly enlarged and the continent compressed. He creates a history that ...
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What is the source of the fable of Thor’s attempt to drink up a small spring?

Moncure D. Conway references the tale in passing in the introduction to his “Demonology and Devil-lore”: The fable of Thor’s attempt to drink up a small spring, and his failure because it was fed ...
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Friday: the day of Frigg, or Freyja?

The Wiki page says Friday is named after the goddess Frigg. Other articles say its both or Freyja, and there are some that say Frigg and Freyja are the same goddess. Is there a consesus that I don't ...
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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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Is there a preferred, scholarly edition of the Gesta Danorum in English?

Been meaning to read this for a while, but there are quite a few translations out there.
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Why is the story of Odin hanging from Yggdrasil so similar to that of Jesus on the cross?

I hope this actually has an answer, I couldn't find anything but speculation on the web. Basically, the story of Odin hanging from Yggdrasil is very similar to that of Jesus on the cross. Here are ...
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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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Odin's Counterpart

I have always wondered are: Odin, Mercury, Hermes, Thoth the same person? If so, why they are celebrated by different cultures and praised by different myths? I am in love with these deities...
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How big were the Nine Realms of Norse mythology?

Is it mentioned anywhere in the scriptures how big the ancient Norse believed the Nine Realms of their myths were?
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Why did the daughters of Hymir urinate in Njord's mouth?

In the Lokasenna, Loki responds in the stanza 34, stating that "from here you were sent east as hostage to the gods" (a reference to the Æsir-Vanir War) and that "the daughters of Hymir used you as ...
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Where was the World Tree located?

In Indo-European mythology, particular, in Slavic, Baltic and Germanic mythologies there is a so-called World Tree, more precisely, World Oak that plays a sacred role and connects the underworld to ...
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How and why are Idunn and Tyr gods?

In the eddic poem Hrafnagaldur Óðins, stanza 6, Idunn is identified as an "elf" (alfar) and the "youngest of the elder children of Ivaldi." This implies that Ivaldi had two sets of children, probably ...
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Are there parallels between Ymir/Auðumbla and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox besides the obvious?

It's something I've been thinking about for many years now and I figured I might as well ask, as there seems to be an exceptional Norse mythology braintrust on this site. By "obvious" parallels, I am ...
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Fate of Norns and their web

I am wondering about one thing: What is the fate of Norns and their web during the Ragnarök?
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Is a runic manuscript of the Heimskringla realistic?

In the story of Jules Verne's novel Voyage au Centre de la Terre, the protagonist acquires a very rare book: a copy of the Heimskrigla, the famous chronicle of the kings of Sweden written by the 13th ...
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Is “Viking mythology” the same as “Norse mythology”

Does "Viking mythology" and "Norse mythology" mean the same, or are there any differences? The Norse deities were: Odin, Thor, Heimdall... Does it mean, that the Viking deities were them too?
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How did the animosity between Loki and Heimdal start?

I'll admit my Norse mythology is rather rusty, but I do recall after an incident these two particular gods saw each other as mortal enemies and would eventually kill each other at Ragnarok. What was ...
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Why do ettins have two heads?

Ettins in the D&D universe are described as giants which have two heads, and this has carried over to many different games that draw from the D&D lore, for example Dwarf Fortress and many ...
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Trolls in Norway

I learned that people put a big stone on their chimney in Norway to prevent from trolls and I am wondering about the myth behind this story.
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Did Huginn and Muninn have personalities?

Odin was known for having two ravens with him, Huginn and Muninn. They flew all of Midgard and collected stories that they told to Odin. Since they are associated with 'thought' and 'memory,' I ...
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What's The Best Source On Odin and Freya?

I would like to delve in Norse Mythology, but there is an extreme difference between the versions of it I come upon. I am most fascinated with the idea, that the Goddesses of Freya and Frigg are one ...
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Did Frigg cheat on Odin?

I read a story where Odin gave all his possessions to his brother Villi and Ve and made them the rulers of the Universe. One of Odin's possessions is his wife, Frigg. Hence, while Odin is away, his ...
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What happens to the Dwarves during Ragnarok?

When Ragnarok comes what are the dwarves up to? What happens to them?
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Could Ragnarok be considered to have occurred?

According to Wikipedia, The myths of Ragnarok as we know them were compiled in the 13th century, and while describing events in some detail, these were considered to be prophetic, as the events ...
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Is there a Western (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, or Norse) god of the cosmos?

I have heard of the Greek god, Chaos (the manifestation of the void), and of the Greek god Aither, (the manifestation of the upper air that gods breathe most often), but I can't find reference to any ...
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Do the leaves of Yggdrasil (the World Tree) have any special properties?

Do the leaves of the World Tree (Yggdrasil) have any special properties in Norse Mythology?
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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 Loki spend 8 years underground as a maid, milking cows and bearing children?

In the Lokasenna, Odin claims that Loki spend 8 winters underground, "milking the cows as a maid" and bearing children: Loki spake: 22. "Be silent, Othin! | not justly thou settest The fate ...
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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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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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What gender was the Midgard Serpent Jormungand?

Is there any documentation detailing the gender of the Midgard Serpent Jormungand? is it Male, Female, Both, Neither, Null, etc?
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How did Sindri and Brokkr win the bet with Loki, when Mjölnir is clearly faulty?

I understand that the brothers endured a lot of tough challenges, especially from Loki (who tried to disturb them in the form of a fly). But still, Mjölnir is clearly faulty, which is supported by ...
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How did the Norse ship burial ritual originate from?

The Norse ship burial, according to Wikipedia: A prominent tradition is that of the ship burial, where the deceased was laid in a boat, or a stone ship, and given grave offerings in accordance ...
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What is the difference between the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda?

Most of what we know of Norse mythology comes from two sources: the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda. What is the difference between the two?
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Who is the mother of Freyr and Freyja?

Skadi seems to marry Njord after Freyja and Freyr are born. The only other figure I can find is Nerthus, though information on her seems scarce.
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Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

I remember reading somewhere that in Norse mythology dwarves and dark elves are the same thing. Then I started reading Gylfaginning and it sounded like they were different, but then later on they send ...
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In Norse mythology, is there a reference to a stone/rock place, entity, object?

I've read up a bit but I'm struggling to get a reference to a place, entity or object consisting or containing stone (or rock). Are there beings, mythological objects, or locations that are ...
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Does the Prose Edda have a Hungarian translation?

This question is cross-posted at hu.wikipedia where it's also on-topic, because that site has some mythology enthusiasts. Does the Prose Edda have a translation to Hungarian? If it does, please ...
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Are there any relations between Norse elves and Celtic fairies, or their home realms?

A lot of, if not most, modern fantasy tends to have 'Elven' races that seem to be largely inspired by the Norse Elves, likely by way of Tolkien. There also seems to be a large amount of Celtic ...
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Significance of Gylfi's choice of pseudonym

When Gylfi tries to trick the gods into entering Asgard under a false identity, he adopts the name Gangleri. Later, during his discussion with Hár, Jafnhár, and Þriðji, it is revealed to him in ...
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Why is Gylfe trying to deceit his way into Asgard?

In the Gylfaginning, king Gylfe travels to Asgard disguised as an old man. When asked, he introduces himself with a fake name (Ganglere). The Aesir are on to him from the start, however they don't ...
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Who is the sword juggler in the Gylfaginning?

In chapter 2 of the Gylfaginning, Gylfe is lead to Odin (in the form of High, Just-as-High, and Third) by a nameless sword juggler: In the door of the hall Gylfe saw a man who played with swords ...
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Why does Óðr (Oder) travel away from Freyja?

In chapter 36 of the Gylfaginning, it is said that: The sixth is Freyja, who is ranked with Frigg. She is wedded to the man whose name is Oder; their daughter's name is Hnos, and she is so fair ...
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Why is Vidar silent?

In chapter 29 of the Gylfaginning, Snorri Sturluson calls Vidar "the silent asa": Vidar is the name of the silent asa. He has a very thick shoe, and he is the strongest next after Thor. From him ...
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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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According to the Gylfaginning, where do giants live?

I'm reading the Gylfaginning as part of our site's myth of the month challenge, and I noticed the following line: How was the earth fashioned? Made answer Har: The earth is round, and without it ...
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Who fathered Gefjun's ox sons?

Gefjun, an Aesir, apparently had four ox sons with a giant: But this woman was of the asa-race; her name was Gefjun. She took from the north, from Jotunheim, four oxen, which were the sons of a ...
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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. ...