Nordic Mythology

By Mitchell, Kelli, Medina, and Riley

Norse Peoples

The people who practiced Norse Mythology, before being introduced to Christianity, called it "tradition," and the main practicers were the Germanic people, and it is possible, if you are of Scandinavian or German descent, that your ancestors practiced Norse Mythology. Also, while the rest of the Germanic people's had converted to Christianity, Vikings in Scandinavia still practiced Norse mythology until later.
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Mythology

The Beginning

So basically in the beginning, the frost in a large abyss called Ginnungagap (place between fire and ice realms) forms a giant and a cosmic cow. The cow licks away at the ice there, revealing a man with his three grandsons, one of which was Odin (the most famous god in Norse Mythology). The grandsons killed the giant, and then made the earth, the bodies of water from the blood of the giant, the earth out of his body, and the sky out of his skull, held by four (really) strong dwarves. A poem says that the first man and woman grew out of the giant's armpits before he was killed, but other Norse writings say otherwise.
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The End

According to Norse Mythology, a woman predicts that in the end... A giant war occurs and all of humanity abandons all compassion and bonds and ways they had before (not that the gods hadn't either). The idea that the gods were doomed to death, known as Ragnarok was going to happen, so Odin gathered up all of the best human warriors he could and tried to stop the inevitable. In the end, the giants attack the gods' palace and destroy the cosmos with it. After that, a ridiculously gigantic wolf that the gods had previously chained up got loose and ate everything between the earth and the sky (including the sun) and a giant with a fire sword lights the earth on fire. Everything sinks back into Ginnungagap, restoring the peace that was there before. The End.

Themes of Norse Mythology

The themes of Norse include, but not limited to:

-Fighting with courage even when death is inevitable

-Good against evil (the gods had their flaws, but they were still for good over evil)

-Courage in the face of hate

Norse Mythology in Culture

Although no one still practices Norse (except, maybe, a Lord of the Rings fanatic), it still remains in books and movies. For example, Thor, a war angel type, is used in Marvel Universe's The Avengers, and also appears in Marvel comic books.

Credits

Myth encyclopedia.com

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Norse-mythology.org