The Epic Tales of Norse Mythology: 17 Amazing Facts

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1Naglfar

Naglfar

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.


2Freyja

Freyja

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.


3Vikings

Vikings

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.


4Fylgja

Fylgja

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.


5Vidar

Vidar

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.


6Thor's visit to Jotunheim

Thor'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.


7Odin

Odin

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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8Búri

Búri

Búri (or Buri) was the first God in Norse mythology. He is the father of Borr and grandfather of Odin, Vili, and Ve. He was formed by the cow Auðumbla licking the salty ice of Ginnungagap during the time of Ymir.


9Sæhrímnir

Sæhrímnir

The Norse Gods have a pig named Sæhrímnir which is a source of unlimited bacon. It provides food for the Aesir and Einherjar in the feasting hall of Valhalla.


10Death realms

Death realms

Norse mythology has one more death realm apart from Valhalla and Folkvangr. Helheim is ruled separately by Hel.

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