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Norse mythology


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Norse mythology powerpoint for the Vikings.

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Norse mythology

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO NORSE MYTHOLOGY Also called “Big guys smashing things”
  2. 2. CREATION: ORIGIN OF THE WORLD  In the beginning… there was nothing but 2 places • North- Nifelheim (land of frost and destruction) • South- Muspelheim (land of fire and poison)  Where the 2 met, the giant Ymir was created.  Ymir had a pet cow, Audulma, who “licked a bunch of ice” and created the first of the gods.
  3. 3. THE AESIR RISE  Odin, Vili, Ve: The First Gods • Like all good children, quickly turn on Ymir and the giants, kill them all. • Ymir’s blood becomes the oceans and seas, body becomes the land, bones become mountains, hair becomes trees. • Skull raised to the heavens, collects the escaping fires of Muspelheim and that is our sun, starts, moon, cosmos (ooooooooh!) • Gods called “Aesir” and are the protectors of mankind in Midgard, “the realm of dudes” • These Gods build humans, Ask and Embla, from 2 withered trees. (Adam and Eve?) • All the lands of the earth (Nifelheim, Muspelheim, Midgard, Asgard) united by the “tree of life” Yggdrasil.
  5. 5. THE MAJOR PLAYERS Odin: King of the gods, god of war. Thor: Odin’s son, his mom is some crazy woman, god of war, strength, thunder and lightening. Dude’s got a hammer to smash and smash.
  6. 6. ODIN AND THOR That awkward moment when the results from the paternity come back.
  7. 7. PLAY-YAS  Loki: Trickster god, had 3 kids, keeps finding ways of harming and tricking rest of gods. (All religions have a trickster God.)  The least tough picture of a God -----  Hel: Loki’s daughter, in charge of Nifelheim (the underworld, and yes that’s her name)  Garm: Hel’s pet and guard dog of Nifelheim.
  8. 8. MAJOR PLAYERS  Tyr: God of war and courage. Lost a hand in the binding of Fenrir (knew it was going to happen).  Fenrir: Super wolf, son of Loki and some animal (you know those gods)  Baldur: Major god killed off by his brother Hod.  Hod: Blind god, tricked into seeing a “false vision” by Loki and he kills Baldur.
  9. 9. THE WORLD WILL END IN RAGNAROK  Loki has a son, Fenrir, a giant mutant wolf that loves to eat people and will never stop growing.  Foretold that Fenrir will swallow the world, killing Odin in the process.  Gods capture Loki and Fenrir. Tie Loki to a rock with a serpent guarding him, forever dripping venom onto his face.  Fenrir binded with super-duper strength lashes and bites of Tyr’s hand in the process. Will continue to grow and will one day break free of the shackles. Loki, Hel, and Garm will escape on that day and the dead will rise and fight the gods. On that day, Yggdrasil, the tree of life, will be destroyed as well!
  11. 11. CHECKING FOR UNDERSTANDING  How do the Norse myths suggest that the earth was created? • What makes the seas and oceans? • What makes up the land, mountains, trees? • What are the stars and moons and suns and bright things up there above us?  Where do the first humans come from in Norse mythology?  According to Norse mythology, who is Fenrir and what will happen on Ragnarok?
  12. 12. CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING  We can see a lot about how a culture views the world through their religion, and especially through their creation stories.  Given how the Norse suggest the world was created, what can we say about how the Norse looked at the world?
  13. 13. FURTHER READINGS  Too Human • Xbox and ps3 game • Bargain bin at Gamestop • Aesir as super-powered humans • Great story, decent gameplay… • 6 years old.
  14. 14. TOO HUMAN