Ancient Mythology

Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology (also Germanic, Nordic or Scandinavian Mythology) is the mythology of Scandinavian peoples. Like many ancient mythologies, the Norse myths were handed down verbally for many years. Most of our understanding of Norse myths comes from later recordings of the stories into written word.

The Norse people considered two major classes of gods: the Æsir and the Vanir, as well as several other mythical beings, including giants. Norse Mythology centers largely around the approaching catastrophic doom of the gods, Ragnarok. All the Norse gods know that Ragnarok is coming. They know what will happen, that they (and their enemies) will die. Norse Mythology is somewhat unique in this respect — the gods’ ultimate destiny on the battlefield is a tribute to the warrior’s pride of the Vikings.

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