25 Fascinating Facts About Norse Mythology



In Nordic mythology, Ratatoskr was a squirrel whose sole job was to carry insulting messages between a great eagle and a dragon at opposite ends of Yggdrasil, the great World Tree.



Loki gave birth to an 8-legged horse named Sleipnir, after disguising himself as a mare in heat and having relations with a stallion named Svaðilfari. It became “the best horse among Gods and men.”



In Norse mythology, the dwarves created a magical chain to shackle the wolf Fenrir. It was made of the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, bear's sinews, fish's breath, and bird's spittle. It is said that its creation is the reason why none of these things exist.

4Santa Odin

Santa Odin

Odin, a precursor to Santa Claus, rode Sleipnir, an eight-legged flying horse. In the winter, Odin gave out both gifts and punishments, and children would fill their boots or stockings with treats for Sleipnir.



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



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.

7Thor and Loki

Thor 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.

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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.



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.



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.

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  1. Did you know….. Thor has RED hair and a BEARD, and Loki’s hair is REEEEDDDD too…
    I absolutely hate this marvelshit for make people think Loki would be Odin’s son, he’s his BROTHER! It’s gross what this pigs made with our religion to let people think this thinnshit, they should be ashamed if they at last can feel shame

  2. Artistic License. This is why Marvel can have a black actor play the role of Hemdall the White (I was tickled by that). Also, the movie ignored the only two facts we know of the goddess Sif — she’s blonde and the wife of Thor.



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