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Ask and Embla – The First Humans in Norse Mythology

Ask and Embla are the first humans created by the gods, according to Norse mythology. As the legend goes, all people today are their descendants and ...

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Krampus – The Terrifying Christmas Devil

Krampus is a strange mythological being with rather unique looks and symbolism. Half-goat and half-demon, this terrifying being has mysterious origins that ...

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Sleipnir – Odin’s Eight-Legged Stallion

Sleipnir is the most legendary horse in Norse mythology and arguably one of the most famous horses throughout all of the world’s religions. With eight ...

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Jotunheim – Norse Realm of Giants and Jötnar

Jotunheim, or Jötunheimr, is one of the Nine Realms in Norse mythology and an antithesis to the divine realm of Asgard. Unlike the orderly and gorgeous ...

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Ragnar Lodbrok – The Myth and The Man

Ragnar Lodbrok is simultaneously one of the most famous Viking heroes and a person so shrouded in mystery that historians are still not sure who he was....

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Ginfaxi – Icelandic Swastika-Like Symbol of Good Luck and Wrestling

The Norse languages are full of hundreds of fascinating symbols, many of which we still don’t fully understand today. One such curious example is the ...

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Algiz Rune – History and Meaning

Also known as Elhaz, the Algiz rune is one of the characters of the runic alphabet used by the Germanic peoples of Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, ...

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The Norse Draugar – First Zombies of Europe?

Draugr is a menacing sounding name for a menacing creature. Also called draug or draugar (plural), a draugr is an undead monstrosity in Norse mythology, not ...

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Trolls in Norse Mythology

Norse mythology has given many unique creatures, myths, and symbols to the world, and chief among them are the various types of Norse trolls. Typically ...

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Ratatoskr – The Norse Messenger Squirrel and Bringer of Doom

“Bringer of Doom” can feel like an exaggeration for a squirrel and Ratatoskr is indeed a minor character in Norse mythology. However, the red squirrel’s ...