Thursday, April 16, 2015

N is for Nine Worlds

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

If you've seen the movie Thor, you're probably pretty familiar with the Nine Realms of the universe. In Norse mythology, the cosmos unified by a giant tree, called Yggdrasill. The giant tree's roots drink from the three worlds beneath it:

Asgard: Home of the principal gods (Odin, Thor)
Vanaheim: Home of the Vanir (sorcerers)
Alfheim: Home of the Elves

Below these worlds is the middle of the cosmos, also known as Midgard. That's where us humans live.

To Midgard's left is Nidavellir, the land of dwarfs. To the right resides: Jotunheim (the home of the giants) and Svartalfheim (the home of the dark elves).

Then there's Niflheim, the cold world of fog and mist. And you can't forget Muspelheim, the home of fire giants and other demons. A huge, angry fire demon named Surt lives down there, and he really hates Odin and all those other gods way up there in Asgard.

In fact, Surt is just biding his time for the Ragnorok where good and evil will have one big showdown. It's essentially the end of the world.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't think he has a chance. Not with a name like Surt.

Melanie Schulz said...

So...all places you don't want to visit. :)

T. Powell Coltrin said...

This is so interesting. If you think about it we have the same socially, World of giants, dwarfs and elves. AND we all live in a fog. hahaha


Robin said...

This was interesting (as usual) and I do feel somewhat more learned from having watched Thor.

It seems like no matter what you believe... all mythology (and religions) seem to have to some things in common. The end of the world is one of them!

At least in the Thor-verse it shall be entertaining at the box office!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm not familiar with the Nine Realms. Very interesting!

Pat Hatt said...

Surt might remain stuck down there forever

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Whoa. That's a lot of craziness.

David P. King said...

The Norse really knew how to get to the root of their mythology. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love the Norse mythology and though I've really enjoyed Thor the new movies and in the Avengers, in the myths he's kind of a dick.

cube said...

I'm not familiar with this stuff, but I'm going to get on board.

jaybird said...

I love me some Thor. Not too sure I could name all nine realms but I am familiar with a few.

Patricia Lynne said...

Norse mythology has a lot of interesting things about it.

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Haneen I. Adam said...

What?! so basically Elves have two worlds for good and dark ones? So Not Fair!
"Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (430)"

Stephen Tremp said...

It’s officially the second half of A to Z. Time to catch that second wind, rest up on Sunday, then it’s that mad dash toward the finish line!

Stephen Tremp
A to Z Cohost
N is for Numerology

cleemckenzie said...

That's quite a collection of critters. Must be the end of the world. However, it's not the end of the AtoZ! Guess you noticed. :-)

Jo said...

I knew some of that but certainly not all. I recently read a book which mentioned some of the areas such as Svartalfheim. In fact I think it was a Dresden Files book.

betty said...

I think I would like to live in Nidavellir with the dwarves :)


Pat Dilloway said...

Ragnarok is such an awesome story. It's way better than Revelations.

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