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.