The Aesir Gods

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Norse mythology is the mythology of the Northern Germanic people. It has deities, a single creation story, and three afterworlds. The deities are split into two godly tribes, the Aesir and the Vanir. These two tribes had several battles for dominance over Yggdrasil, the world tree. The Aesir live on Asgard which is the realm at the top of Yggdrasil. The Vanir live on Vanaheim which is located right below Asgard on Yggdrasil. The Vanir aren't as important as the Aesir. There are four really important Aesir gods and lots of really minor gods. Odin, Thor, Frigg, and Baldur are the main Aesir gods.
Odin is the chief of the Aesir, the husband of Frigg, and the father of Baldur. He is one of the war gods in Norse mythology. Odin sacrificed
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When Baldur began to have visions of his death, Frigg gathered everything in existence and made them swear an oath to not hurt Baldur. Loki, the trickster, asked Frigg if she had excluded anything. She said that she didn't include mistletoe because it would be to small to hurt Baldur. Loki then made a spear out of mistletoe and asked a blind god, Hodr, to throw it at Baldur. Baldur got impaled with spear and died. Odin made one of his sons go to Helheim to retrieve Baldur. When Hel was asked to release Baldur, she refused and said everyone would have to cry for him in order for her to release him. Everyone did cry for him except for a giantess named Pokk. Due to Pokk's actions, Hel refused to release Baldur until Ragnarok …show more content…
In the beginning, there was a gaping abyss called Ginnungagap which was in between Nifleheim and Muspelheim. Flames and frost from Nifleheim and Muspelehim created the first giant, Ymir. Ymir could create new giants by sweating. As more flames and frost came together, a cow, named Audhumbla was created. These two then lived on Nifleheim, which was purely ice. When Audhumbla licked the ice, the first of the Aesir emerged and he was named Buri. Buri then had a son named Bor and Bor married Bestla, the daughter of the giant Bolthorn. Bor and Bestla had three male children. They were Odin, who became chief of the Aesir, and Vili and Ve. Odin and his brothers killed Ymir and made Midgard from his corpse. The gods eventually made the first man and woman, Ask and Embla, from two tree trunks. Norse mythology has three places where people can go to when they died. They could have gone to Helheim, Valhalla, and Folkvang. There is practically no difference between these three locations. However, warriors were the only ones allowed into Valhalla and Folkvang because they were selected by Odin and Freya. The dead who went to Valhalla will be resurected and will fight alongside the gods during Ragnarok. Also, the dead that go to Valhalla and Folkvang are destined to fight in Ragnarok along side the Gods. An interesting element of Norse mythology is that all living things lived on a tree called Yggdrasil that had nine realms on it's

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