25 Facts About Norse Gods Hollywood Won’t Teach You

You’re probably familiar with Thor and his mighty hammer—and if you’re a Marvel fan you might even know that the hammer is called Mjölnir. However, most of us would have a hard time recalling any other facts concerning Norse gods, well maybe with the exception of the name of Thor’s father, Odin. For example, did you know that Thor is actually a redhead, or that Odin formed the first humans out of wood? It’s true. So if you’re ready to learn some interesting facts about Norse gods, dive on into these 25 Facts About Norse Gods Hollywood Wont Teach You.

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The first gods were the three brothers Odin, Vili, and Ve, who fought a war against a giant named Ymir and his sons. The gods won and killed Ymir, with whose body they created our world. His flesh was used for the ground, his bones were made into mountains, his blood into the oceans, the dome of his skull into the sky, and his brain became clouds.

Ymir_gets_killed_by_FroelichSource: viking-mythology.com, Image: en. wikipedia.org

The Norse gods used to belong to two separate pantheons: the Aesir and the Vanir. After the Aesir-Vanir War, they became one unified pantheon.

Aesir GodsSource: viking-mythology.com, Image: en. wikipedia.org


The Vanir gods were an old branch of gods who were known for being masters of sorcery and magic. They were also widely recognized for their talent to predict the future.

Vanir godsSource: viking-mythology.com, Image: en. wikipedia.org

The Aesir were the male gods of Norse myth and they lived in Asgard with the female goddesses, the Asynjur.

Nils_Asplund_-_HeimdalSource: viking-mythology.com, Image: en. wikipedia.org


One of Asgard’s most well-known locations is Valhöll (Valhalla), in which Odin rules.

ValhallaSource: viking-mythology.com, Image: en. wikipedia.org

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