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In Norse mythology, Aegir was the god of the sea, seashore and ocean and a son

of Mistarblindi. He was a personification of the ocean, both good and bad. He

caused storms with his anger and the skalds said a ship went into "Aegir's wide

jaws" when it wrecked. Aegir was crowned with seaweed and always surrounded by

nixies and mermaids while in his hall. Aegir's wife was Ran and they lived

under the sea by the island Hlesey. Ran and Aegir had nine daughters who were

the waves. Aegir brewed ale for the gods after Thor brought him a big enough

kettle. Every winter the gods would drink beer at Aegir's home. He was,

therefore, famed for his hospitality. Gold was put onto the floor of the hall

to provide light, instead of having a fire. Gold is therefore called Aegir's

fire. The cups in Aegir's hall were always full, magically refilling

themselves. Aegir had two servants in his hall, Fimafeng and Eldir. Sailors

feared Aegir, and thought he would sometimes surface to destroy ships. Early

Saxons made human sacrifices to a god of the sea, possibly connected with Aegir.


The Aesir were the principal gods in Norse mythology. They lived in Asgard.


In Teutonic and Scandinavian mythology and folklore, an Alb (Alp or Alf) was a

kind of being believed to have existed contemporaneously with man differing

from man in some respects. The elf king Alfrigg or Elberich was an Alb.


see "Alb"


see "Alb"


Alta was the giant mother of Heimdall.


In Norse mythology, Angrbotha is the prophetic death goddess. The iron wood hag

and Ogress of Giantland. A worker of calamity.


In Norse mythology Asgard was the home of the gods.


In Norse mythology, Asynjr is the generic term for female giants.


In Norse mythology, Audhumla was the cow whose milk nourished the giant Ymir,

and his race.


In Norse mythology, Balder was the son of Odin and Freya and husband of Nanna,

and the best, wisest, and most loved of all the gods. He was killed, at Loki's

instigation, by a twig of mistletoe shot by the blind god Hodur.


In Norse mythology, a berserker was a warrior whose frenzy in battle

transformed him into a wolf or bear howling and foaming at the mouth, and

rendered him immune to sword and flame.


In Norse mythology, Bertha is the goddess of spinning.


In Norse mythology, Bor was a son of Buri and married to Bestla, and father of

Odin, Vili, and Ve.


In Norse mythology, Bragi is the god of poetry and eloquence. He was married to

the goddess Iduna who dwelt in the underworld.


In Norse mythology, Brono was the son of Baldr. He was the god of daylight.


In Norse mythology, Buri was the first god formed by Audumla licking ice. He

was the father of Bor.


In Norse mythology, Bylgja is a daughter of Aegir and Ran.


In Norse mythology, Edda was the goddess of myth and oral history and the

inspiration of poets. From her came those who work the land.


In Norse mythology, Eir was a goddess of healing, and considered the best

doctor. She taught her art to women who were the only physicians in ancient



In Norse mythology Farbanti was a giant who ferried the dead over the waters to

the underworld. He was the father of Loki.


In Norse mythology, Fenris was the monstrous wolf of the god Loki. Fenris

swallowed the god Odin but was stabbed to death by Odin's son, Vidar.


In Norse mythology, Forseti is a god of justice. He is the son of Balder and

Nanna and lives at Glitnir.


In Norse mythology, Freya (Freyja) is the goddess of love, fertility, war, and

wealth. Originally one of the Vanir. She was the daughter of Njord, and the

sister of Frey. She lived in Folkvang and each day chose half of the slain

warriors to split with Odin.


see "Freya"


In Norse mythology, Freyr was Odin in another form as the god of rain, sunshine

and fruits. He married Gredr.


In Norse mythology, Frigg is the goddess of marriage. She is the wife of Odin,

and lives at Fensalir. She weaved the clouds.


In Norse mythology, Fulla was attendant to Frigg taking care of the goddess's

shoes. She also, sometimes, functions as Frigg's messenger.


In Norse mythology, Garm is a hound which stands in front of Hel's home and

snarls with jaws dripping blood at the pilgrims from the upper world.


In Norse mythology, Gefjon is a prophetic virgin goddess and a member of the

Aesir and Vanir. All women who die virgins go to her hall. She was also a

fertility goddess. In one myth, Gylfi, king of Sweden, tells Gefjon, who was

disguised as a beggar, that she could have as much of Sweden as she could

plough with four oxen in one day. She traveled to Jotunheim and found her four

oxen sons whom she had by a giant. She returned to Sweden in Midgard with her

sons and ploughed all of the land now known as Zealand so it became part of

Denmark, thereby tricking Gylfi.


In Norse mythology, Gerd is a giant goddess of light. She is the most beautiful

of all creatures.


In Norse mythology, Ginnunggap was the Yawning Void.


In Norse mythology, Gioll was a river which surrounded the underworld, Hel.


In Norse mythology, Gladsheim was the mansion in Asgard where the gods lived.


In Norse mythology, Gleipnir is the chain which bounds Fenris. It is made from

the footfalls of cats, the beards of women, the roots of mountains and the

breath of fish.


In Norse mythology, Gna was a handmaiden of Frigg who sent her on errands.


In Norse mythology, Gold-comb is the cock who shall crow when ragnarok comes.


In Norse mythology, Gotterdammerung is the end of the world.


In Norse mythology, Gulltopr was the horse of Heimdall.


In Norse mythology, Gullveig was the thrice-born and thrice-burnt virgin. The

Aesir's attempt to kill her brought about the first war in the world (the Vanir

against the Aesir) which the Vanir won.


In Norse mythology, Gungnir is Odin's spear, obtained from the Dwarves by Loki

for Odin.


In Norse mythology, Gunlad was the giant mother of poetry.


In Norse mythology, Heimdall was the watchman of the bridge, Bifrost, which led

to the underworld.

He watches for the coming of the frost giants at the Ragnarok, at which time he

will sound his horn Gjallar.


Hel (Hela) was the Norse goddess of the underworld. She was a daughter of Loki

and the giant Angurboda, and the sister of Fenrir and Jormungand.


see "Hel"


In Norse mythology, Hermod is a messenger of the gods. He rode to Hel's realm

after the death of Balder to try and convince her to let Balder come back from

the dead.


In Norse mythology, Hlin is a form of the goddess Frigg charged with protecting

those men who Frigg wants kept safe.


see "Hodur"


In Norse mythology, Hodur (Hod) was a son of Odin. The blind god of winter, who

is tricked by Loki into killing Balder. Vali avenged Balder's death by killing



In Norse mythology, after the war between the Aesir and the Vanir, Hoenir was

sent as a hostage to the Vanir and gave sense to the first humans.


In Norse mythology, Hresvelgr is a giant who lives in the extreme north and the

motion of whose wings causes wind and tempest.


In Norse mythology, Huldra was a form of the goddess Frigg, who was attended by

wood nymphs.


In Norse mythology, Hunin was a raven of thought which sat upon Odin's shoulder

and brought him news everyday of what was occuring in the world.


In Norse mythology, Iduna was the wife of Bragi. She kept golden apples in a

box which the gods ate to keep themselves young.


In Norse mythology, Jord is an earth goddess and the mother of Thor and Frigg.


In Norse mythology, Jormungandr is the great dragon which lives in the

Ocean-stream which runs around Midgard.


In Norse mythology, Jotunheim is the abode of the giants. It is on the edge of

the ocean far to the north east.


In Norse mythology, Kolga is a daughter of Aegir and Ran.


In Norse mythology, Lodur gave appearance and speech to the first humans.


In Norse mythology, Lofn was a goddess concerned with sparking passionate love.

She had permission from Odin and Frigg to do so even for those who were

forbidden to marry.


In Norse mythology, Loki was one of the Aesir (the principal gods), but the

cause of dissension among the gods, and the slayer of Balder. He became a

member of the Aesir when Odin made Loki his blood brother. His children are the

Midgard serpent Jormungander, which girdles the Earth; the wolf Fenris; and

Hela, goddess of death.


In Norse mythology, Magni is a son of Thor, he will survive the Ragnarok.


In Norse mythology, Mimir was a god of wisdom and knowledge. He dwelt by the

ash-tree Yggdrasil.


In Norse mythology, Modi is a son of Thor, he will survive the Ragnarok.


In Norse mythology, Munin was a raven of memory which sat on Odin's shoulder

and along with Hunin brought Odin news each day of what was occuring in the



In Norse mythology, Nanna is a moon goddess. She is the wife of Balder and

mother of Forseti. She died of heartache after Balder's death and was burned

with him on his funeral boat.


In Norse mythology, Nastrand was the worst region of hell. It's roofs and doors

were wattled with hissing snakes, ejecting poison and it was through this that

murderers and perjurers were forced to wade as punishment.


In Norse mythology, Nidhogg is a dragon which devours the corpses of evil

doers. He lives in Hwergelmir, in the realm of Hel.


In Norse mythology, Niflheim was a world of ice and darkness centered on an icy

spring which existed before creation. As its waters met the fire of the other

primeval world Muspell they formed the giant Ymir and started creation.


In Norse mythology, Njord is a sea god of fruitfulness who lives in Noa-tun.


In Norse mythology, the Norn were three goddesses of fate - the goddess of the

past (Urd), the goddess of the present (Verdandi), and the goddess of the

future (Skuld).


In Norse mythology, the Norns were three sisters responsible for the destiny of

individuals and gods.


Odin was chief god of Norse mythology. A sky god, he lived in Asgard, at the

top of the world-tree, and from the Valkyries receives the souls of half of the

heroic slain warriors, feasting with them in his great hall, Valhalla; the rest

are feasted by Freya his wife.


In Norse mythology, Ogres are creatures who make the storms and who with their

iron clubs strike the earth and send it flying into the air.


In Norse mythology, Outgard is the home of giants and monsters.


In Norse mythology, ragnarok is the ultimate battle between good and evil from

which a new order will come.


In Norse mythology Ran is the giant wife of Aegir. It is she who uses a net to

draw the sailors of sinking ships to their doom.


The runes are the letters of the alphabet peculiar to the ancient Teutonic

peoples of north west Europe. There are 3 runic alphabets; the Norse, with 16

characters, the Anglo-Saxon with 40 and the German. Saxon tradition ascribes

the invention of the runes to Woden. Their use reduced under christianity

because of their connection with magic. They were used for casting spells as

well as divining the future.

Runic wand

A runic wand was a smooth willow wand inscribed with runic characters (runes).


In Norse mythology, Saga was the daughter of Odin. She was the goddess of



Seidr was a form of Norse magic ascribed to Odin and Gullveig. It was mainly

used for harmful purposes.


In Norse mythology, Sif was a goddess of crops and fertility, married married

to Thor.


In Norse mythology, Sjofn (Vjofn) was a goddess concerned with causing men and

women to think of love. It was her duty to stop fights between married couples.


In Norse mythology, Skadi was a mountain giantess. A goddess on skis. The

snow-shoe goddess of winter and hunting.


In Norse mythology, Skuld was the Norn of the future.


In Norse mythology, Sleipnir was the swift horse ridden by Odin.


In Norse mythology, Snotra was a wise and gentle goddess who knew the value of



In Norse mythology, Surtr was a giant who lived in the extreme south, and whose

flaming sword guarded the bounds of Muspelheim.


In Norse mythology, Syn was a goddess invoked by defendents at a trial. She was

an attendant of Frigg, guarding the door of Frigg's palace.


In Norse mythology, Thiassi was a giant who slay Thor and cast his eyes up into

heaven where they shone thereafter as stars.


In Norse mythology, Thor was the son of Odin, husband of Sif, and a member of

the Aesir, he was the god of thunder and the main enemy of the giants, smashing

their heads with his mighty hammer Mjollnir which to wield he needed iron

gloves and a belt of strength. Mjollnir would return to Thor's hand after being

thrown and was symbolic of lightning. Thor rode around middle-earth in his

wagon which was drawn by two goats. He lived at Thruthheim in his hall,

Bilskinir. He was foremost of the gods to the common man, who would call on him

to ensure fertility, and widely worshiped. Hammer shaped amulets, a symbol of

Thor because it was his weapon, were worn about the neck well into the

christianization of Scandinavia.


In Norse mythology, Thrud was a daughter of Thor. The dwarf Alvis wanted to

marry her but Thor tricked him into being above ground when the sun came up

thus turning him into stone.


In Icelandic mythology, Trolls were a race of giants. They appear in various

Northern mythologies. In Norse mythology Trolls are represented as a type of



In Norse mythology, Tyr was the god of war and athletic sports. Tyr had one

hand bitten off by the wolf Fenris, after he put it in the wolve's mouth as a

pledge of security when the wolf allowed himself to be bound in a net until the

judgement day.


In Norse mythology, Ulle (Ull) is the god of the chase, archery and hunting.

His weapon was a longbow made out of Yew and he lived in Ydal. He was called

upon for help in duels. He was the son of Thor and Sif


In Norse mythology, Urd was the Norn of the past.


In Norse mythology valhalla is the paradise where the souls of dead warriors go



In Norse mythology, Vali was the youngest of Odin's sons. His mother was the

giantess Rind and he was born for the express purpose of avenging Balder's

death - since the gods could not kill one of their own. When he was only one

night old, he killed Hodur. He will be one of the seven Aesir to survive the



In Norse mythology, Var is a goddess who punishes those who do not keep their

marriage vows.


In Norse mythology, Ve was a son of Bor and Bestla. Ve Killed the giant Ymir

and created the world out of its carcass along with his brothers. He gave the

first humans feeling, appearance, and speech.


In Norse mythology, Verdandi was the Norn of the present.


In Norse mythology, Vidar was a son of Odin and Grid, and had a twin brother

named Vali. He dwelled in Vidi and was one of the strongest of the gods and was

considered a god of vengance. It was said that in the ragnarok he would avenge

his father by killing Fenris. He is one of the Aesir who will survive the final



In Norse mythology, Vili was a son of Bor and Bestla and a brother of Odin and

Ve. Together with Odin and Ve, he killed the giant Ymir, created the cosmos out

of Ymir's carcass and made the first man and woman. He gave the humans thought

and motion.


In Norse mythology, Vingulf was the mansion in Asgard where the godesses lived.


In Norse mythology, Vithar was the god second in strength to Thor, and who

would kill the wolf Fenris by wrentching the wolve's jaws asunder.


see "Sjofn"


In Norse mythology Vor was a goddess of marriage and contracts from whom

nothing could be hidden because shewas so wise.


Woden was the Anglo-Saxon form of the name of the god called Odin by the Norse.


In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the oldest of all trees. It stands in the

centre of the world and divides the planes.


In Norse mythology Ymir is a giant. In the beginning there was just Ymir and

Ginnunggap. Ymir was slain by Odin, Vili and Ve and out of his blood they made

the sea, out of his flesh the earth and out of his bones the rocks and out of

his skull the cavity of heaven.

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