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Norse Mythology Essay

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Creation: The Nine Worlds
In the beginning of time, there was no soil and no sky. The Only thing that existed was the Ginnungagap, the abyss. (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/g/ginnungagap.html) The Frost from Niflheim and the flames from Muspelheim came toward each other until the met in Ginnungagap. And from the flames and Frost, it created Ymir, the only living being and first of the godlike giants. Ymir was able to produce asexually and when Ymir sweated more giants were born.

As the frost melted a cow by the name of Audhumbla emerged from it. Audhumbla nourished Ymir with her milk. And because of that she was nourished by salt-licks in the ice. As she licked the ice she uncovered Buri, the first Aesir tide of gods. Buri then had a son named Bor, then he married Bestla, daughter of the giant Bolthorn. Then the two had a child that was half-god, and half-giant. His name was Odin, who became chief of the Aesir gods. With Odin and his two brothers, Vili and Ve, the understood that they needed to be a different view of Odin rather than three absolutely distinct beings.

Later, Odin, Vili, and Ve came together and defeated Ymir and started constructing the world from Ymir's corpse. The ocean was created from his blood while the soil was from his skin and muscles they grew vegetation from his hair and the clouds were formed from his brain while the sky was created from his skull. Four dwarves, Austri, Vestri, Norori, and Suori, held up Ymir's skull above Earth. Then the gods formed the first man and woman, Ask and Embla, from a pair of tree trunks and a fence was built around their home in Midgard to protect them form giants. (http://norse-mythology.org/tales/norse-creation-myth/).

Then came the nine worlds. The first of them, Niflheim, the World of Fog and Mist. Niflheim, otherwise known as “Mist Home” is not only the darkest and coldest region in the world but it is also in the northern region of Ginnungagap. In Niflheim there is a place that has the eldest of the three wells, called Hvergelmir, the bubbling boiling spring. This well is protect by the giant dragon called Nidhug.
Hvergelmir is the origin of every living and place where everyone will go back.

The next world, Muspelheim, the land for fire. This world was created to the southern region of the world. Muspelheim is a lava filled world with flames, sparks and soot. Home to Muspelheim si the fire giants and fire demons. Who ruled the giant Surt. Surt is a sworn enemy of the Aesir and will ride out with his sword when Ragnarok comes. He would then smite Asgard and turn it into the flaming inferno world just like Muspelheim.

The third world, Asgard, home of the Gods. Asgard is held in the middle of the world, high up in the sky. Asgard is home to the gods and goddesses. The males in Asgard are the Aesir, while the females are reffered to as Asynjur. Odin is ruler of Asgard and is also chief of the Aesir. Odin's wife, Frigg, is the Queen of Aesir. Inside Asgard, is Valhalla; the place...

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