Midgard is the realm of human beings in Norse mythology. The Old Norse word garðr literally means an enclosure (yard), and miðr (middle) refers to its position as a circle with both an interior ocean, and an outer ocean beyond which there lies the dangerous world outside this safe yard, the útgarðr.

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  • c. 1220
    The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson is written.
  • c. 1270
    The Poetic Edda is written. It contains poetry that dates further back, though.