Norse Mythology History

Posted by Roses on October 31, 2010

Legends of the Nordic and Pre-Nordic people offers an interesting insight into the creation of the world and its history.  Reading the poetic Eddas that were recorded centuries ago are fascinating to say the least, in particular their similarities to other myths and legends, especially Greek myths.

Norse mythology originated out of the Proto North Germanic and Old Scandinavian and Icelandic area during the early centuries AD.  Much of it was passed from generation to generation by the Vikings, however by the time of the 11th century, the mythology was recorded in writings known as the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, as well as the saga of the old Norse kings called Heimskringla.  The Prose Edda and the Heimskringla were written by a historian from Iceland named Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century.  The author of the oldest collection of writings, the Poetic Edda, is unknown.

What should be noted is that many of these writings were documented after the Christianization of the Nordic peoples, and much of the creation story as well as …

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Thor The God of Thunder

Posted by Roses on February 15, 2010

Thursday comes around once every 7 days, yet do you realize what the word Thursday comes from or its significance? Thursday is the combination of “Thor’s day” which is  a day celebrating the life of one God, Thor. The most popular and known God of Norse mythology is known for his connection with thunder. Back in the time of the Vikings in Germanic and Scandinavian countries, thunder was not simply a weather occurrence, it was controlled by Thor.

He was the son of God of Thunder, the chief god of the Germanic people, and Lord, a personification of the uninhabited earth. Thor was married to Sif who was a gorgeous fertility goddess. This made Thor the stepfather of Sif’s child Ull who was the god of archery and skiing. With Sif he had a daughter named Thrud, and with a mistress Jarnsaxa he fathered two sons Magni and Modi.

In paintings and art depicting Thor, he is portrayed as a large muscular man with red hair and a beard. His eyes were like lightning in …

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