Tales – norse mythology for smart people

“The Baby wolves Going after the sun’s rays and also the Moon” by J.C. Dollman (1909)

The tales – or myths, tales, or legends – of Norse mythology, when taken together, tell a great, cyclical narrative that starts at the development of the cosmos, ends using the downfall from the cosmos at Ragnarok, after which resumes again using the creation. Listed here are the main tales define this cycle, in roughly chronological order:

The development of the Cosmos

The Aesir-Vanir War

The Mead of Poetry

Loki and also the Dwarves

The Fortification of Asgard

Why Odin is a-Eyed

Odin’s Discovery from the Runes

The Kidnapping of Idun

The Wedding of Njord and Skadi

The Binding of Fenrir

The Storyplot of Utgarda-Loki

Thor Fishing for Jormungand

Thor the Transvestite

Thor’s Duel with Hrungnir

The Dying of Baldur

Loki Bound


This cycle – from birth to existence to dying to rebirth – is identical cycle that people see repeated throughout your day, the entire year, the phases from the moon, and also the existence cycle associated with a organism. For that pre-Christian Norse along with other Germanic peoples, these myths expressed the invisible meaning they perceived inside the visible phenomena such as the following these cycles – which would be to say, all visible phenomena.

These tales linked exactly what one might encounter throughout one’s existence to the sacred realities in the centre of existence. The heathen Germanic peoples could therefore say, combined with the poet William Blake, that “everything that lives is holy.” They’d you don’t need to lengthy for any distant Paradise in order to dread a remote Hell our planet, present, is how the sacred reveals itself, in most its question, beauty, and terror.

A way of saying this would be that the tales of Norse mythology, their divine figures, and also the invisible places in which the action happens, comprise a worldview which was expressed in images and narratives instead of the conceptual language that we today choose to express the worldviews which help us to understand our way of life – historic progress, science, etc.

This prioritization from the story within the concept is a result of the animistic nature from the pre-Christian Germanic religion. For animistic societies, the planet isn’t made up of inert matter that robotically follows fixed and foreseeable laws and regulations like we nowadays hold so that it is. Through animistic eyes, things are conscious, willful, and spiritual. Awareness isn’t secured within one organ (the mind) of 1 species (humanity). Rather, anything humans can see may also see us, whether through what we should call the “senses” or through more subtle implies that the current worldview has a tendency to dismiss to be “merely subjective.”

To have an animist, everything it’s possible to see – every human, every tree, every blade of grass, every turtle, every bear, every river, every mountain – are figures who’re enacting exactly the same grand story. And, for that ancient Germanic peoples, Norse mythology was that grand story that forms the sacred archetype which our personal tales are manifestations.

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Rob Porter: Dear God the woman from Salt lake city should never be allowed to read anything aloud ever.

Grizz Frank: the one that read the Children of Odin? That female reader was really good I thought.

Chrissy Noble-Hobbs: SLC Utah…. Here! Not LDS 🙂

Metal Chick: Just before 13:00 it says Odin’s brothers are Heynir and Loki – but i thought it was Vili and Ve?

Carly Manarly: Loki tricked Odin to becoming his blood brother. Like Odin, Hoenir was a son of Bor and Bestla. Not much is known about him, though he is referred to a number of times in the surviving literature as a traveling companion to Odin and Loki.

ComicBook Guy: It’s like he is purposefully trying to mispronounce everything.

OGW: +ComicBook Guy nice profile lol

Key North: Letting you know that the Norse and the peoples of Northern Europe did not believe in an all powerful being. This we know because their are stones in Sweden and Norway that never mentioned an all powerful being. What they did believe, however, an ever changing Chief God who would rule or have authority over the other Gods. Please do not follow or believe these people who promote this idea of an all powerful being in this belief system. This idea is what has fallen the greek pantheon it was used by Paul to bring down the system that nature itself had established.

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stephen humphries: The first chapter was read adequately; however after that it becomes unbearable, why do people who have no narration skills keep disrespecting not only the audience, the author and the literature but the English language in such a barbaric way?