Hugr – The Nordic Concept of the Spirit or Soul

The Hugr is part of the Norse concept of the self. Most people, regardless of their religious beliefs, have a concept of the self in terms of it having three components: The Body, The Mind, and The Soul or Spirit. The Old Norse and Germanic folk had a similar concept of the self: the Body or the Líkami, the Mind or Will  or the Munr and what can be best described as their very being called the Hugr. (often called memory), which is much like a Soul or Spirit,   Hugr is an Old…

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Draugr, The Viking Walking Dead

The will of the Norse appears to be very strong. Strong enough for them to draw their hugr back to their own body. Reanimating it so they can walk amongst the living again. These are the Walking Dead in Norse folklore. Draug are undead figures from Norse and Icelandic mythology/folklore that appear to retain some semblance of intelligence. They exist either to guard their treasure, wreak havoc on living beings, or torment those who had wronged them in life.  Thorolf Halt-Foot was known to have reincarnated as a draugr and become…

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