Norse Mythology_2 Flashcards

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Terms Definitions
jormungand
Midgard serpent.
Verdandi
Nord: present
Urd
Nord: past
Yggdrasil
world tree:
Asgard
Midguard
Rainbow Bridge
aegir
God of sea
Tyr
god of war
Niflheim
fog home, cold
Frayia
The goddess of love.
nanna
the wife of Balder.
alfheim
the domain of elves.
muspelheim
destroyers home, hot, fiery
Odin
This is thor's fathers name.
Rainbow Bridge
Bifrost
connects Midguard & Asgard
sleipnir
the eight-legged horse of Odin.
Sconce horn
cup of water, sea
heimdall
the god of dawn and light.
brisingamen
the magic necklace worn by Freya.
hel
the goddess ruling Niflheim: a daughter of Loki and Angerboda.
Skymir
The Giant King in Disguise, Utgardhaloki
idun
goddess of youth, wife of Bragi
ginnungagap
the first world, existing between Niflheim and Muspelheim.
freya
the goddess of love and fertility, sister of Frey, daughter of Njord; one of the Vanir.
loki
a trickster god, born of Jotun ancestry but accepted among the Aesir as Odin's adopted brother: father of the monsters Fenrir, Hel, and the Midgard serpent, and the instigator of Balder's death.
berserker
an ancient Norse warrior who fought with frenzied rage in battle, possibly induced by eating hallucinogenic mushrooms.
njord
the god of winds, navigation, and prosperity, and the father of Frey and Freya; king of the Vanir.
ymir
the earliest being and the progenitor of the giants, killed by Odin and his brothers. From his flesh the earth was made, from his blood the waters, and from his skull the heavens.
rune
any of the characters of certain ancient alphabets, as of a script used for writing the Germanic languages, esp. of Scandinavia and Britain, from c200 to c1200, or a script used for inscriptions in a Turkic language of the 6th to 8th centuries from the ar
frey
the god of peace, prosperity, and marriage: one of the Vanir, originally brought to Asgard as a hostage.
hugi
a young man, a personification of thought, who defeated Thialfi in a race.
asgard
The home of the Aesir, the Norns
bragi
wisdom, poetry, son of Odin Frigg
hermod
messenger god, son of Odin Frigg
frigg
wife of Odin and chief of the goddesses.
skidbladnir
the huge collapsible ship, made by two dwarfs for Frey, that always had a favoring wind.
bifrost
the rainbow bridge of the gods from Asgard to earth.
nidhogg
a serpent in Niflheim who gnaws upon the lowermost root of Yggdrasil.
jotunheim
the outer world, or realm of giants; Utgard.
runestone
a stone bearing one or more runic inscriptions.
buri
the first of the gods, revealed when the cow Audhumla licked away the salty ice that covered him.
aesir
the principal race of gods, led by Odin and living at Asgard.
midgard
the middle earth, home of men, lying between Niflheim and Muspelheim, formed from the body of Ymir.
helgi
the son of Hjorvard and Svava, a Valkyrie.
norn
any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past
vidar
a son of Odin, who will survive Ragnarok after killing Fenrir.
Thailfi
Boy of the farmer in Thor's journey, swift on his feet, raced against the best runner, thought
Yggdrasill
the great ash tree, holding up the world and heavens
old lady
Who was thor defeated by? She is elderly!
valhalla
the hall of Odin into which the souls of heroes slain in battle and others who have died bravely are received.
embla
the first woman, made by the gods from a tree.
forseti
the god of justice, the son of Balder and Nanna.
midgard serpent
a serpent, the child of Loki and Angerboda, who lies wrapped around the world, tail in mouth, and is destined to kill and to be killed by Thor at Ragnarok; Jormungand.
ask
the first man, made by the gods from an ash tree.
munin
one of the two ravens of Odin that brought him news from the whole world.
ragnarok
the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with the evil powers.
fafnir
a dragon, a son of Hreidmar and the brother of Otter and Regin: he killed Hreidmar for the cursed treasure of Andvari and was killed in turn by Sigurd at the instigation of Regin.
vanir
a race of gods, first in conflict with the Aesir, later allied with them. They function as fertility divinities and include Njord, Frey, and Freyja.
balder
A son of Odin and Frigg, best loved god, death means beginning of Ragnorak
sigyn
wife of Loki, who held a cup over Loki after his imprisonment in order to spare him the pain of the drops of poison with which he was punished.
audhumla
a cow, owned by Ymir and born like him from drops of the melting primeval ice: its licking of a mass of salty ice exposed the first god, Buri.
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