20 Crazy Facts From the Norse Mythology That Are Fascinating

1Freya

In Norse mythology, the Goddess Freya drove a chariot pulled by two cats.


2Mjölnir

According to Norse mythology, Thor's hammer Mjölnir was originally intended to be wielded with both hands. Its characteristically short handle is due to a manufacturing defect caused by Loki who harassed the dwarven brothers Sindri and Brokkr while they were forging the weapon.


3Thor and Loki

In Norse mythology, Thor once dressed as a bride and was presented to the giant Thrym (Þrymr) with Loki as his bridesmaid. Thrym got a bit suspicious When Thor ate an entire ox, eight salmon, and many barrels of mead.


4Naglfar

In Norse mythology, during the events of Ragnörak, there is a ship named Naglfar made entirely of the untrimmed nails of the dead that will carry hordes to battle the Gods. It's important to keep those nails trimmed so you don't contribute to building it.


5Freyja

Valhalla is just one of the halls that dead Viking warriors go after death. Half of the fallen are chosen by Odin for Valhalla and the other half are chosen by Freyja for Folkvangr.


6Vikings

Vikings used to give kittens to new brides as an essential part of a new household since they were associated with Freyja, the Goddess of love.


7Fylgja

In Norse mythology, a “fylgja” (pronounced “FILG-yur”) is a spirit that accompanies a person in connection to their fate or fortune. In some instances, the “fylgja” will take on the form of an animal that shows itself after the birth of a child or as a “creature” that eats the afterbirth.


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8Vidar

During Ragnarok, Odin's son, Vidar will avenge him by killing the wolf Fenrir by tearing its jaws open with a giant boot, made from the spare parts of every shoe ever made.


9Thor's visit to Jotunheim

In Norse mythology, Thor, Loki, and a guy named Thialfi once visit giants’ land of Jotunheim, where they are challenged to eating, running, drinking, lifting and wrestling. Instead they get bamboozled with illusions and feel worthless, but giant king Utgard-Loki admits they actually nailed the challenges and tells them not to come back.


10Odin

In Norse mythology, Odin is said to have retrieved the "Mead of Poetry" from a giant and taken it back to Asgard in his bird form. But when the giant gave chase, Odin pooped out some of the mead in his haste to escape, and this bird dung is what inspires bad poets.

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