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The Viking Gods Of Norse Mythology

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1st : LOKI
2nd : ODIN
3rd : FREYA
4th : FENRIR
5th : HEL
6th : BALDUR
7th : THOR
8th : EOSTRE
9th : RAGNAROK
10th : TYR

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Introduction

The red-blooded, rip-roaring, gung-ho Gods beloved by the Vikings. We could have listed them as Nordic, but 'Norse' sounds like the snorting of a giant battle stallion so we went for that.

Their idea of Heaven was VALHALLA. Warriors only. You had to die in battle first and be escorted by beautiful blonde VALKYRIES. Here you could clash in battle all day long, your cleft limbs and cleavagings miraculously restored at the close of play. Then you spent all night carousing, feasting, getting roaring drunk and discussing the day's fun.

"Bjorn, when you took my head off with that double-headed axe - just brilliant. I didn't see it coming at all. My blood hit the ceiling! Just wait till tomorrow though. I've got a great revenge planned." "I'll drink to that! Here, barmaid, five hundred drinking horns of Kvas please. And a packet of pork scratchings."

So welcome to the Norse pantheon, which is not just Norway but the rest of Scandinavia - which includes Denmark and Sweden. The Vikings who were Swedes travelled mostly eastwards, and the Danes and Norwegians travelled mostly westwards. (The Swedes also ventured into Finland, which was not too impressed and mostly preferred its own Gods.) And Iceland came into the equation and did its own Viking things from 800 A.D.

Something which helped enormously was that all these people spoke the same Norse language, and would have known their own Kingdoms under the names of Danmark, Vastergotland, Ostergotland and Svealand.

Colonies and footholds were established all over the place, from Greenland to England - where their heritage includes Norfolk and Humberside with many Norse-named villages in between. So Norse mythology went everywhere within reach. (Possibly even North America, but only for a holiday and to pick some grapes.) Even today, several days of the week and also the sun are named for Norse Gods.

Thanks to the richness of its legends, as told in the Eddas and a host of poetic sagas, Norse Mythology is as popular as ever. JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth saga is stuffed with Norse inspiration and takes the whole thing to a whole new dimension. Which is more than you can say for Wagner.



REGIONS COVERED: Scandinavia, which includes the Nordic countries Denmark and Sweden, plus Norway and Iceland. We also go anywhere the Vikings went and there's a hint of Germanic territory too.

Many Gods are spread across different regions, cultures and tribes. We've tried to pin them down to a particular area if possible. But amendments and corrections are always welcome, especially from people with first-hand knowledge. So if you live in the region and would like to comment, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us here.

TRIBES, CULTURES AND PEOPLES COVERED: The peoples of the Scandinavian countries, covering the Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Icelandic peoples - and of course the Vikings!

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