The Viking Spear

The spear was the favored weapon of the Norse all-father and god of war, Odin. Odin had a spear that was made from the World tree Yggdrasil named Gungnir. The Prose Edda says that Odin will carry his spear Gungnir and lead the bravest that had fallen on the battlefield and had been taken to the Halls of Valhalla. These fallen warriors from Valhalla are called the Einherjar and Odin will lead them to the battlefield during the Ragnarok event. The spear held great symbolic importance to the Norse warrior…

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The Norse Creation Story

The Story of creation according to the Norse. In the beginning of everything, there was a realm called Niflheim (also known as Neflheimr). Niflheim was located on the northern side of the Great Void the Norse called the Ginunngagap. The Ginunngagap was the Mighty Gap of nothingness between realms. Niflheim was a dark and cold place that consisted mostly of ice and frost. Everywhere in Niflheim there was a mist from which it gets its literal translation of its name, ‘Mist Home’ or ‘Mist World.’ In the frozen mist realm…

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The Serpent Dragon Fafnir

The Völsunga saga tells of the legendary hero Sigurd and of his slaying of the dragon Fafnir. Fafnir was a dwarven prince that was cursed into becoming a dragon by Andvari’s stolen gold and magical ring. Read about: The Curse of Andvari’s Stolen Gold and Magical Ring The Völsunga saga tell us that the Æsir gods Odin, Loki, and Hœnir, were out traveling and came across Ótr (otter), who was shape-shifted as an otter. Ótr was the son of Hreidmar, King of the Dwarves. Loki killed the otter (which was Ótr shape-shifted as an otter) with a stone and then the three Æsir, Odin, Loki, and…

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Are Odin’s Ravens Muninn and Huginn symbolic for his Mind and Soul?

The Norse god Odin has two ravens, named Muninn and Huginn. Each day the ravens, Huginn and Muninn, fly over Midgard (Earth) and then later return to bring Odin information about the happenings of that day. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning (chapter 38), the enthroned figure of High tells Gangleri (king Gylfi in disguise) that two ravens named Huginn and Muninn sit on Odin’s shoulders. The ravens tell Odin everything they see and hear. Odin sends Huginn and Muninn out at dawn, and the birds fly all over the…

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Valheim Hof in Denmark, dedicated to Odin and the gods

A new temple dedicated to the Norse god Odin and other gods has opened in Denmark. Is it the first Odin’s temple since the Christianization of Scandinavia, which took place between the 8th and the 12th centuries.  The year 1188 AD marks the triumph of Christianity in Denmark with the canonization of St. Canute (Sankt Knud), the patron saint of Denmark.  Since then, the old ways native to the Danish folk was suppressed for centuries.  Finally, as the old ways become re-embraced into Danish culture, a temple rises to hail the way. It is…

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