norse mythology

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English translations of Old Norse (from top to bottom): 

Witchcraft
Loki spake: “They say that with spells in Samsey once, Like witches with charms didst thou work; And in witch’s guise among men didst thou go; Unmanly thy soul must seem." 

Heimdall
Loki spake: "Be silent, Heimdall! in days long since, Was an evil fate for thee fixed; With back held stiff must thou ever stand, As warder of heaven to watch.”

Baldr’s Death

Loki spake: “Thou wilt then, Frigg, that further I tell, Of the ill that now I know; Mine is the blame that Baldr no more, Thou seest ride home to the hall." 

Fenriswolf
"The wolf shall fell the father of men, And this shall Vithar avenge; The terrible jaws shall he tear apart, And so the wolf shall he slay.”

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In Norse Mythology, Hugin (“thought”) and Munin (“memory” or “mind”) are a pair of ravens that are the shamanic helping spirits of the god Odin. These informants are two of the many sources of Odin’s prodigious wisdom and it is from this associated that Odin is referred to as a “raven-god.” Hugin and Munin are semi-autonomous beings who are simultaneously projections or extensions of Odin’s own being. In Chapter seven of the Heimskringla book Ynglinga saga, which provides an euhemerized account of the life of Odin, describes that Odin had two ravens, and upon these ravens he bestowed the gift of speech. These ravens flew all over the land and brought him information, causing Odin to become “very wise in his lore." 

The signs as norse gods

Aries - Odin; wisdom, war, magic, leadership

Taurus -  Frigg; marriage, childbirth, family, trust

Gemini -  Heimdal; keenness, security, loyality, endurance

Cancer - Freyr; productivity, weather, control, balance

Leo - Thor; thunder, protection, passion, power

Virgo -  Njord; wealth, navigation, generosity, trade

Libra - Freya; witchcraft, love, battle, emotions

Scorpio -  Hel; death, originality, independence, ruler

Sagittarius - Loki; mischief, fire, freedom, intelligence

Capricorn - Tyr; bravery, combat, glory, justice

Aquarius -  Idun; youth, life, fertility, nature

Pisces - Balder; light, joy, innocence, reconciliation

It's about time for a Norse one...
  • Odin:What is your favorite thing to study?
  • Frigga:Do you want to get married when you're older?
  • Freyja:Are you more interested in a quiet life with a loved one, or adventure and risk?
  • Freyr:Do you like kids/want to have kids?
  • Thor:What is your favorite kind of weather?
  • Sif:Do you have a favorite food?
  • Loki:Has anything fun or important to you caused others to dislike you?
  • Sigyn:What do you wish to protect more than anything?
  • Hel:What's your greatest fear?
  • Sleipnir:What makes you feel powerful?
  • Fenrir:Is their anything in your life holding you back?
  • Jormungand:What is something you considered monstrous?
  • Idunn:Favorite childhood memory?
  • Heimdall:Is there a big event, good or bad, in your life that you could see coming?
  • Njord:If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  • Baldr:What's your aesthetic?
  • Bragi:What are your favorite kinds of music?
  • Skadi:What do you like to do on cold days?
  • Eostre:What do you like to do in the spring?
  • Nanna:What makes you happiest?
  • Sjofn:Are you in love with anyone (romantic or platonic)?
  • Lofn:Have you ever been close to someone you shouldn't have been?
  • Tyr:What makes you angry?
  • Vali:Is there anyone you wish you could get revenge upon?
  • Yggdrasil:Name nine of the most important things/people in your life

Yggdrasil: The World Tree.

Yggrasil is an immense Tree that is central in Norse Cosmology, in connection to which the Nine Worlds exist.

Yggdrasil is placed n the middle of Asgard, where the Gods live. It is an Eternal green Ash Tree; the branches stretch out over all of the Nine Worlds, and extend up and above the Heavens. Yggdrasil is carried by three enormous Roots. The first Root from Yggdrasil is in Asgard, the home of the Gods. By this Root there is a well named Urd’s Well. This is where the Gods held daily meetings. The second Root from Yggdrasil goes down to Jotunheim, the Land of the Giants, by this Root there is a well named Mimir’s Well.

The third Root from Yggdrasil goes down to Niflheim, close to the Well Hvergelmir. It is here where the Dragon Nidhug gnawed on one of Yggdrasils Roots. Nidhug is also known to suck the Blood out of the Dead Bodies. At the very top of Yggdrasil there lives an Eagle. And down by the Roots of the Tree lives a Dragon named Nidhug. 

Conflicting scholarly theories have been proposed about the etymology of the name Yggdrasill, the possibility that the tree is of another species than ash, the relation to tree lore and to Eurasian shamanic lore, the possible relation to the trees Mímameiðr and Læraðr, Hoddmímis holt, the Sacred Tree at Uppsala, and the fate of Yggdrasil during the events of Ragnarök.

Norse mythology in a nutshell
  • Loki:Wow, it sure would suck if someone decided to do the thing, huh?
  • Everyone else:Pretty much.
  • Loki:I mean, it would really fuck shit up.
  • Everyone else:Basically.
  • Loki:Can you even imagine what would happen if someone actually did the thing? Like, wow. Everything on fire. People screaming and shit. Absolute carnage. Thor in tears. Freyja on a rampage. Odin crying into his eye patch. Just imagine.
  • Everyone else:That's essentially the situation.
  • Loki:Thank Asgard that no-one has taken it upon themselves to do the thing. I, for one, am gracious that the thing has not been undertaken yet. May it remain this way for literally hours to come.
  • Everyone else:You've done the thing, haven't you?
  • Loki:I am agog. I am aghast. How could you insinuate that I, Loki, the Trickster god, would have done the thing? This is an outrage. I won't stand for it. I demand a lawyer and also a horse.
  • Everyone else:There's a note here that says 'I totally did the thing, you bunch of jerkwads, ha-ha-ha I tricked you so good, signed Loki xxx'
  • Loki:... in hindsight, I may, in fact, have done the thing. But it was just a little joke. A little chuckle amongst friends. Tomfoolery. Japes. A tiny trick.
  • Everyone else:The world is literally ending because you did the thing.
  • Loki:Oh my Æsir, fine, I'll fix it. Fuck, why do I have to fix everything around here? Trickster god? Might as well call myself the Fixter god. Also my son is a wolf.

‘Odin On Yggdrasill’ artwork by Hellanim 

“I know that I hung on a windy tree
nine long nights,
wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin,
myself to myself,
on that tree of which no man knows
from where its roots run.
No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn,
downwards I peered;
I took up the runes, screaming I took them,
then I fell back from there.”
- Håvamål, 137-138