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Bleed for the Mead

One Norse myth I can’t recall coming across before reading Neil Gaiman’s retelling was about the god Kvasir and the origin of poetry. Since poets were the ones telling these tales in the first place, it makes sense that they’d … Continue reading

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Burn Me Thrice, Shame on You

It’s known that there are two distinct groups of gods in Norse mythology as it’s come down to the modern day, the Aesir and the Vanir. That is, if you don’t count the giants, elves, and dwarves, who also frequently … Continue reading

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Incest and Peppermints

One thing you’ll note if looking at a genealogy of the Greco-Roman gods is that there’s a lot of incest going on in that family. Kronos married his sister Rhea, and their children included Zeus and Hera, who also married … Continue reading

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Mimir Time

Picture by Emil Doepler We know that Odin drank from the Well of Mimir, but who was this Mimir? Well, in some versions of the story he’s a giant, and in others he’s one of the Aesir. There seems to … Continue reading

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Out to Sea

It’s interesting that, while Poseidon is one of the best-known gods of the Greek pantheon, I haven’t heard all that much about Norse sea gods. Kind of odd, as the Vikings were more famous as seafarers than were the Greeks. … Continue reading

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Frigging Goddesses!

It is a curious aspect of Norse mythology that two of its most prominent goddesses, Frigg and Freyja, have very similar names. In fact, some have speculated that they might have originally been the same deity, only to later acquire … Continue reading

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