Your Source For Norse Mythology

Norse mythology is an incredible rich and deep lore full of many great stories and poems of the nordic culture from Scandinavia and the Germanic countries. On this website you will find all you need to know about Norse mythology, and more content is added regularly. Many people around the world have been fascinated and inspired by Norse mythology and Vikings for centuries. In the late 20th century, references to Norse mythology became more common in literature, science fiction and role-playing games.

What is Norse Mythology?

Norse mythology also known as Germanic mythology is a not just a myth, it is a religion and it was practiced by the Vikings who lived in the Scandinavian countries in the viking age, but it was also practiced by the Germanic people. What the Vikings called their religion or if it even had a name like other religions has, no one knows.

In the last few decades the Norse stories in Norse mythology and the culture of the Vikings have increasingly spread across the world. The Vikings believed that there are two types of Gods the Æsir and the Vanir but they also believed in other mythical beings such as giants, dwarfs and other creatures.

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“Odin the Allfather” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

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Where did the Vikings come from?

The Vikings came from Denmark, Norway and Sweden in Scandinavia, some of the Vikings loved to explore, and since they had the most advanced technology in shipbuilding at their time, they could travel faster and further than anyone else before them.

The Vikings made settlements all over Europe, in countries such as England, France, Germany and Ukraine, but also further away like in Iceland, Faroe Island, and Greenland. The Vikings did even sail to what today is Newfoundland in Canada, to make a settlement which they called Vinland.

Vikings were not barbarians

The Vikings didn’t have any paper and most of their writing have been found on runestones, leather, jewellery and weapons. Their history and culture has only been passed down orally through stories (also called sagas) and poems. This means alot of the lore from the Vikings has been lost in time since the Viking age… But then an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician Snorri Sturluson decided to gather as much as he could and write it all down into a book he called The Edda(1220-1230).

Just as the Christians demonised the Vikings in the Viking age, the media today is not that much better. The Vikings were far more then just some bloodthirsty warmongering warriors from the north. The Vikings were not just explorers and warriors, but also farmers, traders, poets and musicians. They were very creative, and made beautiful art and had superior shipbuilding skills compared to the rest of the world.

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The rebirth of a religion?

Norse mythology which is a real religion to many people across the world, is not just some myths or stories to them. There are many names for this religion depending on where you live you might have stumbled upon different names for the same religion, and no Norse mythology is not one of those names (The reason why I choose to use that name, is because that is the name people are searching for).

In Iceland they tend to call it Ásatrú, in Denmark they also call it Ásatrú or Ásatrú and Vanatrú, I’ve even heard it being called Odinism in the USA, which I personally do not like. To me Odinism sounds like, you are believing or praying to one God but Ásatrú is not just about one God. It should also be said that even to the Vikings, there were variations in the faith depending on where you lived. Some of the Vikings began converting to christianity after exploring and raiding the coast of England and France, and towards the end of the Viking age almost everyone in Scandinavia was a christian.