Norse Mythology

Jormungandr

The world of Norse mythology is full of terrifying monsters, but perhaps none more so than Jormungandr, also known as the Midgard Serpent. Maybe it is his proximity to the world of men, dwelling in the ocean that surrounds Midgard, or maybe it is our innate fear of serpents, but no other monster raises the…

History

Norse Runes

Almost as famous as Viking warriors are the Nordic runes, evocative symbols that have a feel of magic about them. Indeed, the Vikings themselves thought that these symbols, that they also used for the mundane such as commerce and politics, carried magical powers. Read on to learn more about the origins of the Nordic runes,…

Norse Mythology

Norse Afterlife

Norse accounts of death and the Viking afterlife are quite difficult to unravel. As death is the ultimate unknown, inconsistency is expected, and all written accounts come from the post-Christian era, and seem to have been influenced by Christian ideas of death. Vikings did believe in an afterlife, as Norse burial practices were clearly designed…

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