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Ragnarök
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Ragnarök

Ragnarök is the cataclysmic battle between the forces of chaos and those of order in Norse mythology, ending the world and killing most of the gods and their adversaries, leading to the birth of a new world. It has been claimed, however...
Ragnarök
Imageby Johannes Gehrts

Ragnarök

Artist's rendering of the Ragnarök from Norse mythology. Note the wolf Fenrir who has broken loose from his chains, and Thor with his hammer Mjollnir (also Mjǫllnir, Mjöllnir) fighting the Midgard serpent.
Valhalla
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Valhalla

Valhalla ("Hall of the Slain") is the afterlife realm in Norse mythology for fallen heroes selected by Odin’s Valkyrie to become members of the army that will fight against the forces of chaos at Ragnarök. The concept of Odin’s Hall seems...
Fenrir
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Fenrir

Fenrir is the great wolf in Norse Mythology who breaks free from his chains at Ragnarök, the twilight of the gods, kills Odin, and is then killed by Odin’s son Vidarr. Fenrir is the son of the trickster god Loki and brother of the World Serpent...
Ten Norse Mythology Facts You Need to Know
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Ten Norse Mythology Facts You Need to Know

The stories that make up what is known today as Norse mythology once informed the religious beliefs of the people of regions including Scandinavia and Iceland. To the Norse, the world was an enchanted place of gods, spirits, and other entities...
Norse Mythology
Definitionby Emma Groeneveld

Norse Mythology

Norse mythology refers to the Scandinavian mythological framework that was upheld during and around the time of the Viking Age (c. 790- c. 1100 CE). Complete with a creation myth that has the first gods slaying a giant and turning his body...
Jörmungandr
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Jörmungandr

Jörmungandr is the Midgard Serpent (also World Serpent) in Norse mythology who encircles the realm of Midgard. He is the son of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboða and brother of the great wolf Fenrir and Hel, Queen of the Dead. At Ragnarök...
Baldr
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Baldr

Baldr is a god in Norse mythology associated with light, wisdom, and courage, although he is never specifically defined as the god of any of these. He is best known for his dramatic death, which heralds the coming of Ragnarök, the end of...
Sleipnir
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Sleipnir

Sleipnir is the eight-legged horse ridden primarily by the god Odin in Norse mythology. He is the son of the god Loki (in the form of a mare) and the stallion Svadilfari who belonged to the jötunn that built the walls of Asgard. In Iceland...
Odin
Definitionby Emma Groeneveld

Odin

Odin (Old Norse: Óðinn) is the main god in Norse mythology. Described as an immensely wise, one-eyed old man, Odin has by far the most varied characteristics of any of the gods and is not only the deity to call upon when war was being prepared...