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The Lure of the Northern Legends

Updated on September 15, 2014

Tales from the frozen lands of the North

The Gods of the North were red-blooded and bloody-minded. They didn't waste their time lying around on silken couches in the balmy air of Mt Olympus as did their Greek counterparts. Neither were they immortal.

The Gods of Scandinavia came from harsh lands, they had real work to do, courage and honour were demanded, truth was all important and justice was swift.

We can learn a great deal of how people lived in ancient times by the characters of their Gods.

Ragnarok
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The Gods prepare for Ragnarok

The Gods of the North had a big job to do, an enormous task. They had to constantly battle monsters and keep holding back the outer darkness and, when they showed any interest in humans, it was to gather enough warriors together for the last battle. Ragnarok!

Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods, means doom for all, Gods, Giants, Monsters and Mortals. When Ragnarok draws near we will see warning signs.

The first sign will be the murder of Baldur the Beautiful. (This has already happened!)

The next sign is a long and cold winter that will last for three years with no summer between. During this long and terrible Winter, the world will be reft by wars, and brother will kill brother.

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Do you know of these Gods of the North?

What do you think about these Gods of the North? Have you met them before?

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I have learned a lot about the gods from my third grade son. After learning about them in school he took a special interest in them and started reading several books about them.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Mythology is fascinating. It's time I learned more about the Norse gods, as my hubby's maternal side of the family were from Sweden! Then, I used to live near a South Carolina town called 'Walhalla', named after VALHALLA, their idea of Heaven where (when you died in battle) you were escorted by the beautiful blonde god VALKYRIES.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just wish that they taught more about Mythology in our schools here in the UK. My younger girls are very interested in Greek mythology, but I need to steer them towards Norse mythology too.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      As someone with Scandinavian ancestry, I am very drawn by the Norse gods and goddesses. You should check out The Immigrant Song covered by an Icelandic group named Krauka. They also sing of the Odin and the other legends.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I don't know many Gods of the North or the mythology behind them. I must read up on them, very interesting and dramatic characters that my father loved.

      Great page!

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