Baldur - God of beauty, innocence, peace, and rebirth. Consort: Nanna. Dead, Killed by Loki, who tricked his blind brother Hodr into killing him with a spear of mistletoe. Borr - Father of Óðinn, Vili and Ve. Consort: Bestla Bragi - God of poetry, music and the harp. Consort: Iðunn. Búri - Ruler of Prehistory, the first god and father of Borr. Dagur - God of the daytime, son of Delling and Nótt. Delling - God of dawn and father of Dagur by Nótt. Eir - Goddess of healing. Ēostre - Goddess of spring. Elli - Goddess of old age. Forseti - God of justice, peace and truth. Son of Baldr and Nanna. Freyja - Goddess of love, fertility, and battle. Consort: Óður. Freyr - God of fertility. Consort: Gerð. Frigg - Goddess of marriage and motherhood. Consort: Óðinn. Can also be pronounced “Frigga”. Fulla - Frigg´s handmaid. Gefjun - Goddess of fertility and plough. Hel - Queen of Helheim, the Norse underworld. Heimdallur - One of the Æsir and guardian of Ásgarð, their realm. Hermóður - The heroic son of Odin.Tried to rescue Baldur. Hlín - Goddess of consolation and protection. Höðr - God of winter. Killed by Vali. Hœnir - The silent god. Iðunn - Goddess of youth. Consort: Bragi. Jörð - Goddess of the Earth. Mother of Þórr by Óðinn. Kvasir - God of inspiration. Killed by Dwarves. Lofn - Goddess of forbidden loves. Loki - Trickster and god of mischief . Consort: Sigyn (also called Saeter). Magni - God of strength. Son of Thor. Máni - God of the Moon. Mímir - Óðinn´s uncle. Decapitated by Vanir. Nanna - Goddess of joy and peace, an Ásynja married with Baldr and mother to Forseti. Died because of Baldur’s death. Nerþus - A goddess mentioned by Tacitus. Her name is connected to that of Njörðr. Njörður - God of sea, wind, fish, and wealth. Killed in Ragnarok. Nótt - Goddess of night, daughter of Narvi and mother of Auð, Jörð and Dagur by Naglfari, Annar and Delling, respectively. Óðinn - The “All Father” God of war, associated with wisdom, poetry, and magic (The Ruler of the gods). Sága - An obscure goddess, possibly another name for Frigg. Rán - Goddess of the sea. Sif - Wife of Thor. Goddess of harvest. Sjöfn - Goddess of love. Skaði - Goddess of winter; Njörðr’s wife. Snotra - Goddess of prudence. Sol (Sunna) - Goddess of Sun. Swallowed by Skoll. Thor - son of Óðinn God of thunder and battle. Consort: Sif. Thruer - daughter of Thor and Sif. Týr - God of war. Also the god of the skies. Ullr - God of ski/winter, hunt, and duel. Son of Sif. Váli - God of revenge. Vár - Goddess of contract. Vé - One of the three gods of creation. Brother of Óðinn and Vili. Víðarr - God of the forest, revenge and silence. Vör - Goddess of wisdom. Yggdrasil - Tree of life. Connects the 9 worlds.
Ægir - Ruler of the sea. Consort: Rán. Andhrímnir - Cook of the gods. Aurvandil - A minor character in the Skáldskaparmál with cognates in other Germanic tales.
Lists of Norse gods and goddesses contained in the Prose Edda
Gylfaginning (20-34) Óðinn Þór god of thunder Baldur Njörður Freyr Týr Bragi Heimdal Thor Höðr Víðar Áli or Váli Ullr Forseti
There is just something about prehistoric ages that is flat out terrifying. For some reason the days of yore were teeming with the most repulsive, frightening creatures ever culled from the worst nightmares of a thousand horror game devs. From 2.5-meters-long centipede Arthropleura to Parapuzosia, an ammonite that measured two meters across at least, the olden days were not user friendly to modern-day humans.
Now consider that all these horrifying fucks have died out - from the tiniest trilobite to the most enormous Godzilla-tier ground sloth. But some of them remained, unchanging despite millenia of geological and meteorological change patiently trying to fuck them over. They remained, watching, loathing. (Except for the velvet worms. Velvet worms are adorable.)
And we’re going to look at a prime example of this kind of terror today. Ladies and gentlesquids: the hagfish.
No, before you ask,
Eptatretus stoutii is not some kind of throwback nematodan worm that gets a kick out of living in whales’ guts. This is, against all odds, really a fish. It is, however, from a more ancient time, and thus doesn’t
know how to properly fish.
How ancient it is? Well, it still has no jaw.
Oh, you thought that big round opening on its head that definitely looks like a closable jaw is its mouth? Tough luck, slugger;that’s actually its nose. The mouth, on the other hand, is a horrid mix of the dreaded Vagina Dentata and sandpaper. Seriously, the lamprey has nothing on this shit.
Holy disturbing imagery, Batman!
but if you think this is the most disgusting thing about the hagfish, think a-fucking-gain. There’s yet more to come.
First of all, the hagfish is known for one of the most revolting, yet effective defense mechanisms in the animal world. If having an enormous vagina for a face wasn’t enough of an allusion to Hedorah already, it protects itself from the big asshole predators by flooding the surrounding water with shitloads of slime. And when I say shitloads, I mean shitloads.
These are things man was not meant to see
The hagfish’s slime is one of the best biofilaments in the entire world, being able to clog up state-of-the-art diving equipment and suffocate even the most pants-shittingly terrifying predatory animals that are more or less the Mega Evolutions of ordinary sea life. What’s even better, the hagfish can produce more or less infinite amounts of it, so if it wanted to drown human civilization in a tidal wave of slime and then feast on our souls for all eternity, it could have done it already, with relative ease.
Thankfully, it’s not interested in puny mortals. What it’s interested in is eating, eating, and then eating some more; it’s every chef’s dream client, if said chef has a stomach made of adamantium and thus he doesn’t vomit his stomach out at the way in which the hagfish eats.
This little slimy fuck is an opportunistic scavenger, which means that if it happens upon a sufficiently tasty-looking corpse, it will immediately dig in. Literally.
In order to eat, the hagfish first tears its way to the corpse’s innards. However, since it’s physically puny, it needs to boost its momentum… which it does by literally tying a knot onto itself.
After it breaks in, the hagfish nestles itself in the body cavity, and starts reenacting the Alien movies.
The hagfish will eat the corpse from the inside out, some parts with its eldritch, jawess mouth, but most of it with its bare skin. Oh, yeah, did I forget to mention the fact that they can eat through their skin? Silly me.
Jormungandr is a massive snake in Norse Myths. Son of Loki and Brother to Fenrir and Hel, the four were prophesied to bring about Ragnarok, the End of the World. The Aesir feared him and so Odin had him thrown into the ocean circling Midgard. Jormungandr is unable to speak, unlike his siblings, yet what he lacks in cunning he makes up for in sheer size, for he is large enough to encircle the World and bite his own tail. He hated the gods and in particular Thor, for they are destined to kill each other. Thor once tried to fish him out of the sea, yet Hymir the giant cut his line, fearing that this act might trigger Ragnarok. When they truly battle in Ragnarok, Jormungandr shall fall to Thor’s might, yet his poison shall be enough to ensure his death.
Land of Depths: The Denizen is slumbering peacefully at the bottom of the Land’s oceans. However, one of the Consorts have foolishly set out to awaken the beast in an attempt to slay it. Needless to say such an attempt would be quite futile, yet the Consorts antics may very well attract the attention of the Denizen, and his subsequent fury. A Fury that may very well spell the end of the Consorts lives.
Fighting Jormungandr is a terrifying prospect due to his sheer size, large enough to go all around a Land and constrict it, and also strong enough that such an act may well shatter the miniature planet. Jormungandr resides in all the seas of the world, and can thus traverse from one point in space to another, he may transport himself from sufficiently large bodies of water to other such bodies. Like his brother, he has power over Fimbulwinter, though his uses of it is limited to Frostfang. Finally, Jormungandr has a poison breath deadly enough to slay gods, any who are inflicted by it have a very short time, around nine steps, before succumbing to it and dying permanently.
Fang of Jormungandr - A fang ripped straight out of Jormungandr’s mouth. It is covered poison, one deadly enough to kill gods in short order. While the Fang itself is about the size of a skyscraper, creative uses of the Alchemizer would allow the Player to create a deadly weapon indeed.
Today is #WorldOceansDay, and conservationists are using the day to draw attention to a growing problem: About 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, and scientists estimate there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean right now. That much plastic has severe consequences for ocean ecosystems, killing off fish and sea mammals.
Three artworks I recently finished for mydrawing major- the assessment brief is centred around the perception of, and
construction/deconstruction of objects.
I chose to make my works based around the perception of everyday foods and the
reality of the cruelty they contribute to.
1. Male chicks are a useless by-product of the egg industry, millions are
killed every year in numerous countries by being thrown alive into large
garbage bags, industrial grinders, or are gassed to death.
2. The milk industry directly contributes to the veal industry- when calves are
born, they are taken away from their mothers at an extremely young age. Male
calves are then used for veal, and female calves are taken away to become dairy
cows like their mothers.
3. Because of the huge scale of net fishing and prawn/shrimp net fishing, sea
turtles and numerous other sea creatures are killed every year by mistake.
I really want people to think about where their food and beverages come from,
and to at least try and cut down on foods that cause horrific amounts of animal
cruelty on such large scales. I think it’s important that we value the lives of animals based on whether they can feel pain, not just by whether they make acceptable pets.