The Vikings and Norse Mythology

An Overview

Norse Mythology is a really deep and incredibly rich lore which is full of some great poems and stories from the old German era. These tales from the German era are not just believed to be myths, but also a religion practiced by the Vikings living in the Scandinavian countries during that time. It is known that Norse Mythology was not just practiced by the Vikings, but also by the Germans. The entire truth and details about what the Vikings considered to be their religion and even if there was a name for it, is still undiscovered.

The Norse Mythology basically revolves around multiple Gods and Goddesses and how they were worshipped by everyone in the Viking age. This was divided into two parts, they believed that there were two branches of Gods, one ‘the Vanir’ and second ‘the Æsir’. Apart from this, the Vikings also believed in other mythical creatures such as dwarfs, giants and other beings which we now see in fictional movies.

The Story

Norse Mythology is made up of various stories featuring the Gods. For instance, there’s one story about Odin who was the chief of the Æsir. Odin married Frigg who was the Queen of Asgard. Then there’s another about Thor who was the protector of Midgard and the God of thunder. Most of the mythology revolves around the surviving Gods and their interaction with other creatures and beings. There are nine worlds included in the cosmos of Norse Mythology and it has been the topic of scholarly research since the 17th century.

Who were the Vikings?

The Vikings came from Norway, Denmark and Sweden in Scandinavia. They came with some of the most advanced technology in shipbuilding during that time. Additionally, some of them were interested in exploring. With this kind of technology, they could travel faster than anyone could ever do before them. Gradually the Vikings began to spread and made settlements in all parts of Europe including France, England, Germany and Ukraine. They even managed to make their way into places such as Greenland, Faroe Island and Iceland. Furthermore, the Vikings also traveled and made settlements in what is now known as Newfoundland in Canada in order to make settlements which were known as’ Vinland’. It is known that the Vikings did not possess paper, and most of their writings were found on leather, jewellery, rune stones and weapons. The culture and history of the Vikings has only been passed down through ‘sagas’ or poems.

Norse Mythology is considered to be an actual religion to many people in the world, while some consider it a myth or tale from the Viking age.

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