25 Fascinating Facts About Norse Mythology

Posted by on September 21, 2016

You are probably familiar—especially if you are into comics or happen to be a movie buff—with Thor, the god of lightning and his intimidating hammer, Mjolnir, but in reality Norse mythology is so rich that one could dedicate a significant amount of time just studying it and getting to know everything about it. Well before the Northern European people converted to Christianity, they had their own highly developed indigenous folklore and culture. What we know today as Norse mythology is a complex set of religious stories Norsemen told one another that have survived through oral tradition and later print over the centuries.



Most of these tales revolve around deities with intriguing and complicated personalities, such as Odin, Loki, and Thor, of course. The fascinating thing, however, about the religion of the Norse and many other Germanic peoples is that it didn’t have its own name like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam, and those who practiced it just called it “tradition” in most of the records that have come down to us. Hopefully the 25 Fascinating Facts About Norse Mythology that follow will enlighten you and help you learn a thing or two about the vastly rich mythological and religious tradition of the Norse.

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Norse mythology is primarily mentioned in dialects of Old Norse, a North Germanic language spoken by the Scandinavians in the Middle Ages, and the ancestor of modern Scandinavian languages. The majority of these Old Norse texts were produced in Iceland.

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These texts include the Prose Edda, composed in the thirteenth century by Snorri Sturluson, and the Poetic Edda, a collection of poems from earlier traditional material anonymously compiled in the same century.

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Units of time and elements of the Norse cosmology are personified as gods or beings.

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The Vikings believed there are two types of gods, the Æsir and the Vanir, but they also believed in other beings such as giants, dwarfs, and other creatures.

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In the Marvel Universe, as most comic fans already probably know, the gods of the Norse pantheon play a significant role, especially Thor, who has been one of the longest-running superheroes for the company.

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